Outpost will return satellites and payloads from the orbit

Outpost will return satellites and payloads from the orbit

Joining hands to return payloads and satellites to the Earth

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Outpost, a firm focused on retrieving satellites and cargo from orbit, was founded by two Made In Space co-founders and a paragliding specialist.

“Today, there are many ways to transport satellites and payloads into space, but very few means to return them to Earth,” Outpost co-founder and CEO Jason Dunn told reporters. According to Dunn, Outpost plans to start tackling the problem with a “low-mass, high-efficiency” Earth return capability for satellites.

Rockets are becoming increasingly reusable as the space sector speeds toward the much-discussed trillion-dollar mark, thanks to the development of satellite constellations and services. Satellites, on the other hand, frequently burn up as they re-enter the atmosphere.

“We believe that the satellite of the future, like a rocket today, will be reusable,” Dunn said. “Because the satellite can efficiently perform multiple missions over its life span, we’re offering a far lower-cost technique to perform the space missions.” After we exhibit the process of accomplishment, it will be self-evident that satellites should be reusable.”

In Silicon Valley, Dunn co-founded Outpost with Aaron Kemmer and Michael Vergalla earlier this year. Vergalla is also the founder of the Free Flight Research Lab, a non-profit dedicated to paragliding for science, technology, and conservation.

Outpost created a two-stage technique to enable satellites to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and land on a pad, based in part on Vergalla’s paraglider knowledge. According to Dunn, the idea opens the door to the “complete recovery of payloads and materials from orbit.”

Plans of Outpost

Satellites weighing around 200 kilos will be returned by Outpost. Rigid ablative heat shields, ballistic atmospheric entry, and low-altitude parachutes are all used on space capsule return flights. Outpost, on the other hand, has created “lightweight and compact” systems that “deploy via pneumatic inflation,” according to Vergalla.

Executives from Outpost are meeting with potential customers who are working on space hardware, sensors, and payloads.

“We’ve spoken to several people working on something creative and fresh that has to be assessed in space,” Dunn said. “As you may be aware, in this profession, there is a Catch-22: you can’t fly something on a space mission unless it has already flown. As a result, we can provide flight legacy on new systems.”

Outpost will “bring the payload back so that the engineer or researcher may evaluate it” once it has provided spaceflight legacy for a component, material, or sensor, according to Dunn.

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