Phase Two


Ensuring rapid and reliable deployment with modular CarefulCOTS hardware, modern service-oriented software, and rigorous end-to-end validation.

Get the product right 
the first time

Standard building blocks to reduce one-off engineering efforts and time to orbit

Cut down points of failure

Industry-leading SmallSat performance

Increase the odds of mission success

The space industry is rife with stories of launch delays, cost overruns, on-orbit failures and data products that don’t live up to expectations. These issues often stem from factors like incomplete understanding of use cases, inadequate design for the space environment, inflexible hardware and software, outdated manufacturing systems, fragile supply chains, reliance on third-party integrations, and late or insufficient testing.

To address these common industry challenges, we've made significant investments in automating design, vertical integration of hardware and software, a robust and multi-sourced resilient supply chain, and the CarefulCOTS approach for space-qualified components.


Our team includes pioneers of the CarefulCOTS (Commercial-off-the-shelf) approach, and we have built upon and extended this philosophy to deliver exquisite capabilities quickly at low cost.

From avionics to structures, communications to power, all key elements of Muon’s hardware and software are developed in-house. This vertical integration unlocks significant programmatic speed and flexibility advantages through pre-stocking and just-in-time manufacturing. Through full design and build ownership, Muon has the ability to work around any parts shortages by rapidly iterating and testing designs without sacrificing technical or schedule performance.

Vertical Integration

Compared to traditional space systems companies that focus on hardware and rely on third-party subsystems, Muon offers a vertically integrated satellite constellation platform with proprietary hardware and software. This includes MuOS, our constellation operating system; the MuSat spacecraft core; and MuSim, our digital simulation tool. The result is a game-changing reduction in time-to-orbit, enhanced performance, greater flexibility, and highly competitive pricing.

Targeted Redundancy

Our approach to redundancy balances the need for reliability with system complexity, focusing on eliminating single points of failure while avoiding unnecessary complications and expenses.

Modular Design

Muon's five pillars of critical IP (MuSim, MuOS, MuCore, MuSat, MuDash) enable industry-leading SmallSat sensing performance and repeatable, reliable, deterministic deployment and operations.

Test Process

In New Space, testing is often pushed to the integrated system level as late as possible in the build program, resulting in complex failure modes, late-breaking schedule slips, missed launches, and even on-orbit failures. Muon is committed to testing throughout the build and integration to reduce risk and maintain the schedule.

Muon is unique in combining cutting-edge technology with the rigor with which we analyze, design and test core systems to ensure reliability and longevity. Some of the processes that we adhere to to ensure mission success include:


Analysis-based selection of COTS components for inherent radiation, thermal, vacuum and shock resilience


Single-event effect (SEE) and total ionizing dose (TID) radiation testing for every susceptible part in our designs, including radiation, risk, and reliability


Robust qualification of components and systems according to GSFC-STD-7000 and/or SMC-S-016


Universal derating in accordance with NASA EEE-INST-002

Phase One


Optimizing mission architecture for faster time-to-operation and impactful data products from day one.

Phase Three


Automated planning, tasking, data collection, and backhaul for optimal constellation operations and efficient Earth observation product delivery.

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