Small Launch Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle

The Moog Small Launch Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (SL-OMV) is a propulsive tug for secondary payload deployment focused on Venture Class Launch Vehicles (VCLV). The SL-OMV is designed to launch on VCLV with a capacity of 150 kg or greater including spaceportbased systems. It is payload configurable for CubeSats through ESPA-Class spacecraft. It can be used to disperse CubeSats constellations or deliver ESPA-Class spacecraft to their ideal orbit. The SL-OMV has its own avionics, power, green propulsion, and communications systems that are configurable for short duration missions.

Why SL-OMV

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Change Altitude

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

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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

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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

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Multi-Plane Deployment

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

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Liquid Insertion Stage

“Smart Upper Stage” or Tug that can be used to extend the range of a launch vehicle

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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 SL-OMV completes its primary tug mission

SL_OMV

SL-OMV FEATURES 

 
  • Green propellant allows spaceport processing
  • Flexible configuration can accommodate various launch vehicle interfaces
  • Mass and cost optimized for small launch vehicle and small satellite applications
  • Flexible with a wide range of existing dispensers and adapters
  • Easily convertible from passive to propulsive adapter 

MISSION APPLICATIONS

  • Cubesat Tug
  • Constellation Deployment
  • Technology Demo Platform
  • Insertion Stage

 

What's Next for the SL-OMV

Mk II

Enhanced Mk I for longer life, hosted payloads, and on-orbit sentinel

FEATURES

  • Leverages several of the subsystems from SL-OMV but additional capabilities for hosted payloads
  • Deployable solar array allows for increased payload power
  • Nadir pointing solution
  • High Data Rate option
  • 1 year life (in LEO)

 


Mk III

Chemical Transfer Stage

FEATURES

  • High Delta-V capability allowing for transfers from LEO to higher orbits
  • High thrust Bipropellant Chemical Propulsion so rapid transfers
  • Suited for 300 kg + class launch vehicles

 


Mk IV

Electric Propulsion Transfer Stage

FEATURES

  • High Delta-V capability allowing for transfers from LEO to higher orbits such as GEO or beyond
  • High efficiency electric propulsion system
  • High power that can be used for hosted payloads once orbit transfer is complete

Contact Moog

Christopher Loghry – OMV Business Development Manager 

Email: cloghry@moog.com • Phone: +1 818-734-3445 • Cell: +1 720-289-7041