In 2014, Earth2Orbit made history, when its California client Skybox Imaging signed the 1st ever launch agreement between an American company and ISRO | Antrix.
launch vehicle overview
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is an Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) operated by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). It is primarily used to launch India's remote sensing satellites. The PSLV is capable of launching 1600 kg satellites in 620 km sun-synchronous polar orbit (SSPO) and 1050 kg satellite in geo-synchronous transfer orbit. Satellite makers worldwide need access to rockets that are reliable and have a high launch frequency. India’s PSLV fits that bill perfectly.
launch procurement services
- Track launch manifests
- Procure suitable launch slot for the client
- Procure and negotiate launch quote for the client
- Help navigate regulatory and contractual hurdles
- Facilitate communication between launch provider and client
- Assist in execution of the Launch Services Agreement
launch campaign management
- Facilitate execution of Interface Control Document (ICD)
- Assist in custom clearance once the satellite arrives in Chennai
- Assist in the transport of satellite and crew from Chennai to Sriharikota
- Support payload checkout tests at the spaceport
- Support payload integration with the launch vehicle
- Provide project management services
- Facilitate local logistical support for clients
Earth2Orbit and its client Skybox Imaging spent over 5 years building a bridge between the United States and India such that American satellite-makers could have access to launch opportunities on the Indian PSLV rocket and by doing so, we made it possible for the PSLV to access the US launch market which was closed due to the 1998 US Embargo and ITAR export control restrictions.
We made history when, in April 2014, our client Skybox Imaging of California became the 1st American company ever to sign a launch agreement with Antrix, ISRO’s marketing arm. Google bought Skybox thereafter and renamed it Google Terra Bella. Yet again, history was made when our new client, Google Terra Bella launched the 1st American microsatellite SKYSAT Gen2-1 onboard the PSLV C-34 .
In 2012, E2O facilitated the launch of a Japanese microsatellite PROITERES-1 from the Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT), Japan, onboard the PSLV C-21 which happened to be ISRO’s 100th mission.
- Dhruva Space, Bangalore, India
- Firefly Aerospace, Kanpur, India
- Genesys, Bangalore, India
- German Orbital Systems, Berlin, Germany
- Solid Corporation, Osaka, Japan
- Taneja Aerospace (TAAL), Bangalore, India
E2O had a formidable management team and a worldwide network of consultants that included young professionals with international experience, combined with retired space veterans who provide a robust advisor base.
- Dr. Susmita Mohanty, Co-Founder + CEO
- Mr. Amaresh Kollipara, Co-Founder + CEO-USA
- Dr. Barbara Imhof, CEO-Europe
- Mr. Siddharth Das, Board Member
- Mr. Karthik Reddy, Board Member
- Mr. Ashok Saxena, Domain Expert, Aerospace Manufacturing & Exports
- Dr. CVS Prakash, Domain Expert, Remote Sensing
- Mr. Nilamani Mohanty, Domain Expert, Telecommunications
- Dr. Virendra Jha, Domain Expert, Satellite Technology & Applications
2009: Sanket Nayak, International Space University (ISU), France
2010: Akshay Patel + Aneal Krishnan, Harvard Business School (HBS), USA
2011: Jacky Cheng, Molecular Biology, Princeton University, USA
2012: Nikolai Zveznet, Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, USA
2013: Siddhartha Gupta, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
2015: Shabarinath S. Nair, Aerospace Engineering, Joint Degree: Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and TU-Munich
Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT), Japan PROITERES-1 Launch Campaign Photo Montage
Google Terra Bella (formerly, Skybox Imaging), USA SKYSAT Gen2-1 Launch Campaign Photo Montage