Though rocket launches might get all the glory, space tugs are critical elements needed to launch the burgeoning space economy into hyperdrive.
Previously, the tremendous expense required to launch a rocket carrying only one or two satellites has stymied smaller satellite companies. Now, these companies can hitch a ride on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying dozens of satellites. Momentus’ Vigoride space tug, also on board, will then deliver these small satellites the “last mile” between orbits while also collecting used cargo that can later be repurposed or reused.
Momentus CEO Mikhail Kokorich and Karl Kaufman discussed the economics of space, why going public via SPAC is more beneficial than a traditional IPO and the environmental concerns about the space economy.
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