Momentus selects Redwire to develop robotics systems for reusable in-space transportation vehicle
(14 January 2021 - Redwire) Redwire has been selected by Momentus, a commercial space company offering in-space infrastructure services, to develop robotics systems for their next generation Vigoride in-space transportation vehicle.
The multi-phase contract will include a system architecture study and delivery of a flight-qualified robotics system that will operate on a flight demonstration in 2022. The agreement builds on the Memorandum of Understanding between Redwire and Momentus that was announced in September 2020.
“Redwire is excited to collaborate with Momentus to develop a world-class reusable in-space transportation vehicle,” said Andrew Rush, President and Chief Operating Officer of Redwire. “This partnership will yield new commercially developed space infrastructure and demonstrate that Redwire’s specialized, cost-effective space robotics systems are an unparalleled solution for reusable mission architectures.”
“Momentus selected Redwire as its robotics systems partner because of the large synergies in our vision for a robotics-enabled space economy enabled by cost-effective, capable robotics systems and high value end capabilities and services,” said Rob Schwarz, Chief Technology Officer of Momentus. “Through this close alignment, Redwire was able to provide Momentus with very high value to deploy our near-term missions, with opportunities for continued collaboration as we evolve our future roadmaps.”
The development of robotics systems for the Vigoride vehicle will build on Redwire’s US-based robotics expertise that is currently supporting a broad range of mission operations, including industry-leading programs for in-space assembly of satellites and robotics for human-rated spacecraft.
Redwire is a new leader in mission critical space solutions and high reliability components for the next generation space economy. With decades of flight heritage combined with the agile and innovative culture of a commercial space platform, Redwire is uniquely positioned to assist its customers in solving the complex challenges of future space missions.
As a first mover in building in-space infrastructure services, Momentus is at the forefront of the commercialization of space. With an experienced team of aerospace, propulsion, and robotics engineers, Momentus has developed a cost-effective and energy efficient in-space transport system based on water plasma propulsion technology. Momentus has in-place service agreements with private satellite companies, government agencies, and research organizations.