Mission Design and secures Eutelsat as its anchor customer
Exotrail announces the official release of its cloud-based mission design software, ExoOPS™ - Mission Design, which, after extensive testing, is now available for customers. On the occasion of the release, Exotrail has secured a contract for the utilization of the software with leading satellite operator, Eutelsat.
The mission envisioned by Exotrail is surely and steadily becoming a reality, as evidenced by the timely delivery of milestones set out in our roadmap. Following the recent announcements about ExoMG™, our high-thrust, scalable electric propulsion system for small satellites, Exotrail is moving forward with its family of Mission Design and Operations software.
In recent months, and following an extensive software validation process, our Software Development team has enhanced and adjusted ExoOPS™ - Mission Design based on feedback collected from satellite and constellation operators, integrators and space agencies.
In particular, Eutelsat has participated in beta-trial period of the software since last summer, following which it has committed to purchase a license.
David HENRI, cofounder & CEO of Exotrail, declared:
This further cements the collaboration between Exotrail and Eutelsat, following the announcement that two satellites of Eutelsat’s future ELO constellation (ELO 3 & 4) will also embark Exotrail’s propulsion systems. This illustrates that we can help our customers at several stages: mission design, propulsion systems, mission operation. Propulsion can drastically improve the business cases of constellations: we are here to explain how to do it with ExoOPS™ - Mission Design, and then do it with both ExoMG™ and ExoOPS™ - Operations.
Antonin Hirsch, Project Manager at Eutelsat commented:
We are delighted to count on Exotrail once more to assist us in complex space mechanics issues. With its simple and comprehensive interface and flexible licensing model, ExoOPS™ - Mission Design offers rapid and simple solutions for the optimization of constellation geometries and launch scenarios, low-thrust trajectories, and measuring the impact of propulsion on our systems.
A free trial version of ExoOPS™ – Mission Design is accessible all the time on our website (https://exotrail.com/exoops/). Elsewhere, in response to the Coronavirus crisis, which has consigned many space engineers to remote working, a full and free version of ExoOPS™ – Mission Design will be made available to everyone for a period of a month from Wednesday onwards during the confinement period. You can register online today at https://exoops.exotrail.space/#/?register=true.
ExoOPS™- Mission Design is a cloud-based software that helps engineers to design and plan the operations of satellite and constellation missions. It includes several modules covering all the mission definition process, from the launcher selection and constellation performance evaluation, to energy balance analysis and firing duty cycle optimization.
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Exotrail’s mission is to deliver agility to the space industry. We enhance constellations of small satellites by optimising launch strategies, improving resolution, coverage, lifespan and overall performance while also providing sustainable solutions that do not add to existing space debris. We do this by providing advanced electric propulsion solutions and mission design software for small satellites. Exotrail has raised more than 6M€ to date and employs 25 people in offices in Massy and Toulouse in France.
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