Outpost started out as a sustainable space company that strives to redefine what it means to be a sustainability-driven space company. The company begins by solving one of the biggest problems – creating reusable satellites and enabling precision terrestrial feedback of orbital payloads – and designing and manufacturing reusable satellites.
Much of the work in space today is inefficient, unnecessary and expensive. Outpost radically reduces the cost and time of working in space, which paves the way for an iterative and sustainable space economy for the future.
The company believes that the future of space (and Earth) requires a focus on sustainability and it is important that this industry grows from the start with sustainability at its core. All space companies must eventually become sustainable space companies.
Outpost’s future in space must be built with sustainability at its heart – efficient and accurate earth feedback is essential for the development of new industries in space and the improvement of life on Earth. Outpost allows companies to iterate on technical developments in space and ensure the success of the mission.
The company’s platform is capable of delivering payloads into space, and Outpost has a two-stage reentry to bring the satellites home. The platform is a 200 kg. spacecraft and, to the company’s knowledge, no spacecraft of this small size has reached orbit and then returned home. Importantly, it also allows more precise deployment of the satellites rather than having to drop them off at the same port.
Outpost can provide local delivery where the satellites need to be, the platform enables local delivery of orbital payloads and their return to Earth with pinpoint landing precision. The immediate opportunity for Outpost is helping to rethink the way satellites are deployed and used, and reusable satellites will open up many new opportunities for research and sustainability. Even being able to return damaged satellites so that they can be repaired and re-flown will be a major breakthrough in the industry.
Outpost was founded in 2021 by Jason Dunn, Michael Vergalla and Aaron Kemmer. Jason and Aaron were both previously the founders of Made In Space, which was acquired in 2020 by Redwire. Michael (CTO) is an engineer, environmentalist and adventurer. He previously held positions at Moon Express, SpinLaunch and Airbus A3. He is also the founder of the Free Flight Research Lab (FFRL), a non-profit research institute developed to create positive global impact through the applications of technology to advance weather science and forecasting; conservation and preservation of resources; and aerospace science, human factors and free flight safety.