Our CEO visited @RocketLab recently for their Critical Design Review on the LOXSAT project. Everything is looking good and we are on target for our 2024 launch!
LOXSAT is an incredibly exciting and ambitious mission. Electron and Photon will conduct a flight demonstration of a complete cryogenic fluid management system in orbit for NASA and @eta_space - essentially building, launching, and testing a cryogenic fuel depot in space!
In 2020, Rocket Lab was selected by Eta Space to use Electron and Photon to conduct a flight demonstration of a complete cryogenic fluid management system in orbit for NASA - essentially, build, launch, and test a gas station to low Earth orbit.Through NASA's Tipping Point program to advance technologies that could, in future, support human space exploration, LOXSAT1 will test liquid oxygen storage technologies and collect critical fluid management data while in orbit for nine months, all the while supported by Rocket Lab's Photon spacecraft bus.LOXSAT1 is scheduled to launch on a dedicated Electron rocket no earlier than March 2024.
Assembly Underway on Eta Space's LOXSATJune 23, 2023Eta Space, the leading provider of Cryogenic Fluid Management (CFM) technology for space and energy applications, today announced assembly has begun for LOXSAT – a technology demonstration spacecraft funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate under a Tipping Point award. Once payload assembly is complete, LOXSAT will undergo various ground functional and qualification tests before being transported to Rocket Lab in Long Beach, California, for integration with the spacecraft bus. The entire spacecraft will then be sent to New Zealand for launch in July 2024.[...]