Exolaunch, a provider of small satellite launch mission management and deployment services, has recently signed a launch services agreement (LSA) with Hon Hai Technology Group, also known as Foxconn. This agreement will involve Exolaunch providing mission management, integration services, orbital deployment hardware, and other related services for Foxconn’s first-ever satellites.
With a track record of successfully deploying over 320 satellites into orbit using their proprietary separation technologies, Exolaunch has established itself as a reliable and trusted partner in the industry. Their past collaborations with renowned constellation providers such as Spire Global, ICEYE, and Kongsberg NanoAvionics have solidified their position as a key player in the space sector.
The upcoming mission will see the launch of Foxconn’s PEARL-1H and PEARL-1C satellites on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. Exolaunch will be responsible for end-to-end mission management, integration, and deployment services. Additionally, they will provide Foxconn with their state-of-the-art EXOpod Nova deployer, which has set records in the industry.
Jeanne Allarie, Chief Commercial Officer at Exolaunch, expressed her excitement about the partnership with Foxconn, stating that it marks a significant milestone for Exolaunch as they expand their team and capabilities in the global launch service industry. She emphasized Exolaunch’s commitment to understanding the needs of cutting-edge satellite industry players and highlighted the honor of supporting a company as reputable as Foxconn.
Dr. Jen-Ming Wu, Director of the Next-generation Communications Research Center at Hon Hai Research Institute, highlighted the importance of this collaboration in the context of their efforts in LEO satellite broadband communications and next-gen capabilities beyond 5G. He acknowledged Exolaunch’s crucial role in helping Foxconn achieve its mission in space.
Jesse Chao, Sr. Director of B5G Policy at Foxconn, emphasized the significance of the launch of their first PEARL satellite in the new space era. He stated that it demonstrates their readiness to meet the increasing demand for key components, sub-systems, and assembly integration tests, thereby driving innovation and circulation in the new space industry.
The launch of Foxconn’s satellites is scheduled for November 2023 from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. This partnership between Exolaunch and Foxconn represents a significant step forward in the advancement of satellite technology and the exploration of new opportunities in space.