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Bellatrix Aerospace is building a ‘space taxi’ for satellites

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Bellatrix Aerospace is building a ‘space taxi’ for satellites

Skyroot Aerospace and Bellatrix Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to use the Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) being developed by Bellatrix Aerospace in the upper stage of Vikram series of launch vehicles being developed by Skyroot Aerospace.

The Bellatrix Aerospace’s OTV will work as a “taxi in space” to ferry small satellites into multiple orbits. It will be big development for global operators to reduce time and costs.

  • The space startup’s vehicle is expected to launch to low earth orbit in 2023 on the Vikram rocket of Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based rocket startup by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists.
  • The vehicle will offer ride-sharing for small satellites and drop each one of the passengers to their intended slots in space.

How it works?

  • Bellatrix Aerospace has built homegrown electric as well as chemically powered engines or thrusters to manoeuvre satellites in space.
  • It will build the orbital transfer vehicle and offer it as a taxi to take satellites to their orbit.
  • The vehicle can also carry its own payload to become a satellite after dropping other satellites.

Bellatrix is incubated on the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru. In addition to Skyroot, it have partnerships with Bengaluru-based area providers supplier Dhruva Space.

About Bellatrix Aerospace:
Founded– 2015
Founders– Yashas Karanam, Rohan M Ganapathy