The Morpheus Space Journey software platform is designed for space mobility. In-orbit transfers, station-keeping and deorbiting can be designed, simulated and orchestrated. Credit: Morpheus Space

SAN FRANCISCO – Morpheus Space is releasing Journey, a space mobility software program, at the Space Tech Expo Europe this week in Bremen, Germany.

“This is a very important milestone for the company because this is our first software on the market,” Daniel Bock, Morpheus Space CEO and co-founder, told SpaceNews.  “We also believe this will be a big milestone for the space industry because we are enabling a new way of designing, simulating and operating satellite missions.”

Morpheus Space, founded in Germany in 2018, focused initially on producing miniature electric thrusters. In recent years, the company has expanded its U.S. presence and broadened its business scope.

“We see the beginning of a massive shift in how the space industry will use space mobility, ranging from transfer from one orbit to another to station-keeping and finally deorbiting,” Bock said. “Journey begins at the early stages of mission design. Before you put anything into space, it helps you determine what the satellite looks like, in which orbits it should be, how many satellites to launch and so on.”

Journey also is designed to help customers determine which propulsion systems meet their requirements, including Morpheus Space propulsion.

Radical Simplification

Engineers spent approximately two years developing the Journey platform to guide customers through every step of mission planning from early designs to procurement of satellites and subcomponents through mission operations.

“Our team has radically simplified the satellite mission design and analysis process by connecting advanced engineering models with a seamless user interface,” Bock said. “The overall goal is to make space more accessible by lowering the barriers of entry, but also making it safer to operate in space.”

Journey is designed to appeal to NewSpace companies and industry veterans.

“Basically, it is for every company that plans to send something into space or operate in space,” Bock said.

Debra Werner is a correspondent for SpaceNews based in San Francisco. Debra earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. She...