LeoStella and Hera Systems Form a Strategic Partnership

LeoStella and Hera Systems, two leading companies in the small satellite industry, have recently formed a strategic manufacturing alliance. The goal of this collaboration is to revolutionize satellite manufacturing and provide customers with more options for multi-satellite solicitations. By working together, these companies aim to mitigate supply chain risks, improve production and delivery schedules, and maintain competitive pricing for small satellite constellations.

The collaboration between LeoStella and Hera Systems was introduced through a joint manufacturing proposal for the Space Development Agency’s Tranche 2 Transport Layer. As part of this proposal, the companies will collaborate on manufacturing the Hera Systems’ Leoness Smart Bus product line. This platform is known for its high performance, network security, mission-specific customization, and SWaP-optimization (size, weight, and power). It has already been proven in space and can be used for a wide range of missions.

LeoStella is well-known for its efficient manufacturing capabilities. It has already manufactured and delivered 20 satellites, all of which have a proven track record of being delivered on time. These satellites have over 37 years of on-orbit heritage and boast a remarkable 99% mission availability. LeoStella’s expertise in manufacturing will be leveraged in this collaboration to ensure the timely delivery of high-performance and reliable satellites.

Both LeoStella and Hera Systems have experienced leadership teams with a track record of success in satellite manufacturing. The CEOs of both companies have over six decades of collective leadership experience in the space industry and have effectively managed complex space programs crucial to national security and innovative commercial solutions. They are driven by delivering spacecraft on time, on budget, and mission-ready.

The CEOs of LeoStella and Hera Systems recognize the challenges faced by new space companies as they scale to meet production timelines for multi-satellite agreements. Through this strategic collaboration, they aim to address these challenges by leveraging their resources to overcome supply chain constraints, facility limitations, and staffing shortages. By doing so, they will enhance their competitiveness in the industry.

Dr. Roger Roberts, the president and CEO of Hera Systems, emphasized the importance of this collaboration in tackling the challenges of the space industry. By combining their resources and expertise, LeoStella and Hera Systems are able to mitigate capacity and supply chain risks that other manufacturers face independently. This collaboration will enable them to take on more ambitious projects and meet customer schedule and cost challenges, while also facilitating long-term success for both companies.

The alliance between LeoStella and Hera Systems on the SDA Tranche 2 Transport Layer proposal is just the beginning of what is projected to be a long-term relationship. Their collaboration will not only expand the small satellite ecosystem but also ensure the rapid delivery of spacecraft for commercial and government customers.

This strategic manufacturing alliance between LeoStella and Hera Systems represents a significant development in the satellite industry. By joining forces, these companies are set to revolutionize satellite manufacturing, improve production and delivery schedules, and provide more options for customers. This collaboration will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the industry as a whole and pave the way for future advancements in satellite technology.