NH-based Rogue Space Systems picked to partner with federal contractor on orbital robot development
Planned 2023 mission will deploy two miniature satellites built by Laconia company
SAIC, a multibillion-dollar government services technology contractor based in Reston, Va., is partnering with Laconia-based Rogue Space Systems to develop small satellites for in-space services, the companies announced Wednesday.
Rogue has designed an orbital robot, or miniaturized space satellite, for use with in-orbit inspections and repairs.
According to the statement, SAIC will integrate two Rogue orbital robots on a planned 2023 mission, and SAIC will also help develop Rogue’s fleet of orbital robots for “space situational awareness” – keeping track of objects in orbit – in-space services, assembly and manufacturing.
Part of SAIC’s space business strategy is to partner with small satellite developers that need access to integration and testing facilities. In Rogue’s case, CEO Jeromy Grimmett said, SAIC’s government expertise will help it reach new customers and help Rogue “identify business development opportunities.”
In August, Rogue announced plans to launch four orbital robots on SpaceX and United Launch Alliance rockets next year. The robots, currently being developed, will be designed to perform different tasks in orbit to support satellites and sort out space litter.
In addition, Rogue is among the small businesses selected by the U.S. Space Force’s SpaceWERX organization for its Orbital Prime program. Earlier this year, 11 of Rogue’s proposals won Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I awards, adding up to about $2.75 million in funding.