Morpheus Space created a space mission design platform that was so intuitive that I could even use it

In-space propulsion developer Space of Morpheus unveiled its first software product today, a mission simulation and design platform called Journey.

The product has been in development for nearly two years, Morpheus product manager Jim Gianakopoulos said in a recent interview (and a recent walkthrough of the product). This leads to a typical thruster sales process: customers who come to Morpheus and ask if the starting line of electric propulsion systems will meet their mission requirements. But that process is technical, disaggregated and manual.

“We know that’s a limiting factor,” Gianakopoulos said. “It can be empowering for our users to just give them the control area to simulate their entire mission on their own, analyze it and refine it and see which operating system meets the ( their) needs.”

Journey aggregates all the data that is usually spread between Excel sheets, Python and other systems and rapidly releases a mission and system design. In the software, customers can input custom system measurements, maneuvers, launch dates, and other requirements. The software is designed to be friendly even for non-technical users, with templates for common characteristics such as satellite size.

Notably, the Journey platform just doesn’t suit customers with Morpheus’ own propulsion system. Depending on mission requirements, third-party chemical propulsion systems may also be recommended, as well as various subsystems such as attitude determination and control and communication systems.

The first product of the platform is called Preliminary Mission Design (PMD) and the company also plans to launch a higher fidelity Advanced Mission Design (AMD). The platform is designed to take a customer from mission idea to end-of-life deorbiting operations.

Morpheus has five to six early customers using the PMD product to inform their early mission and system design; AMD will launch in the next two weeks a closed beta. Morpheus, which has offices in Germany and El Segundo, California, was founded in 2018. Last September, the startup closed a $28 million Series A round led by Alpine Space Ventures.

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