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The Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle

The Moog Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) is a propulsive tug for secondary payload deployment based on the Moog NSSL Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) ring.

“Moog’s OMV is one of the top game changers of this decade”

- David J. Buck, Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.)


The OMV is designed to launch on NSSL-class launch vehicles (Atlas V, Delta IV, Falcon 9) while supporting up to 1500 kg of secondary payloads with a variety of standard separation systems. The OMV can be used to disperse small satellite constellations, act as a Hosted Payload platform, or deliver a single spacecraft to its ideal orbit. The OMV is a modular platform and has its own avionics, power, propulsion, and communications systems that are configurable for short durations up through multiyear missions in a wide range of orbits and transfer capabilities

Change Altitude

Increase or Decrease Altitude multiple times if needed.  Ideal for Commercial Rideshare Brokers and Multi-Mission Manifest offices


Change Inclination

Increase or Decrease Inclination several degrees either separately or in conjunction with altitude changes (e.g. SSO).  Ideal for Commercial Rideshare Brokers and Multi-Mission Manifest offices

In-Plane Phasing

Rapidly deploy a constellation around an orbit (e.g. “String of Pearls”) in a week or less.  Ideal for constellations and limited propulsion capability payloads

Multi-Plane Deployment

Deploy an entire constellation on a single launch.  Multiple OMVs are used to each deploy up to 3 individual planes.  Ideal for constellations of CubeSats or Small Satellites

Liquid Insertion Stage

“Smart Upper Stage” or Tug that can be used to extend the range of a launch vehicle including GTO to GEO (or Beyond) transfer capabilities

On-Orbit Loiter, Hosted Payload

Remain on-orbit for an extended duration including immediate call up missions, technology demonstration missions (up to 1 year) when OMV completes its primary tug mission

OMV Family of Capabilities

Click on an OMV solution to see the unique features that it can provide.



The SL-OMV offers a space tug capability that enables cubesats to launch on Small Launch Vehicles (SLV) and achieve their ideal orbit and/or constellation phasing

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COMET enables small satellites and payloads to launch on a multi-manifest mission and achieve their ideal orbit with minimal impacts
to the forward/primary spacecraft or launch vehicle



Extended duration variant of COMET meant to include additional Hosted Payload(s) as an additional mission after completion of an existing Tug mission





Long duration variant of COMET for LEO or GEO missions






High Power long duration variant of COMET
for GEO or Beyond missions



High Delta-V capability OMV for GTO to GEO
(or Beyond) transfers



Very High Delta-V capability OMV for orbital transfers of LEO to GEO (and Beyond)





Smaller version of COMET packaged specifically for the Northrop Grumman Innovation System (NGIS) MinotaurTM
class launch vehicles


astroPlusAstro Plus


High Delta-V and High Power long duration variant of METEOR for GEO or Beyond missions

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Contact Moog

Christopher Loghry – OMV Business Development Manager 

Email: •  Cell: +1 720-289-7041

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