LAUNCH AND EARLY ORBIT SUPPORT
The most dangerous time for a spacecraft is during launch, deployment, and initial operations. The increasing number and frequency of launches, the increasing use of multi-manifest payloads, and the increasing variety of launch vehicles utilized is helping to drive the costs of launches down. These trends, however, are not making launches safer and in many cases they add additional risks. Providing visual confirmation of accurate insertion timing and location, deployment position, stability and spin rate estimation, and confirmation of rocket-body disposal in near real-time enables both the launch provider and the satellite operator to breathe easy on day 1 of a satellites life.
Working directly with both launch providers and satellite operators, ExoAnalytic Solutions establishes a launch collection plan to enable live streaming imagery and tracking data during launch, deployment, and early orbit operations.
The use of low-thrust propulsion systems such as XIPS, Xenon, etc. are expected to increase satellite operating lifetimes. These thrusters are also used in a near continuous thrust to raise and circularize a GTO orbit until the spacecraft reaches its final operating location. Tracking these spacecraft requires great effort and global coverage. ExoAnalytic has successfully tracked all low-thrust launches.
A critical first step in the launch process is to define the flight risk due to spacecraft and debris along the expected flight path. ExoAnalytic supports launch conjunction screening pre-launch and utilizes our GTO tracking orbit updates and internal space object catalog to refine collision risks throughout the launch, GTO, and deployment process.