SolRider enables interplanetary exploration at costs ranging from 5M – $25M, opening opportunities to explore space to universities, private individuals and crowd-funding.

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SolRider begins a new paradigm of space exploration.  By reducing the cost of an interplanetary mission from $100M – $1B to just $5M-25M, we open space exploration toeveryone.  Not only can space agencies afford to visit more places or perform missions with networks of satellites, but now universities can perform their own research and private individuals can experience the thrill of their own space mission.  Imagine being the first to discover something new in the solar system, to have a private video feed from Mars, or knowing you’ve placed a time capsule on the Moon for astronauts to one day recover.  Using SolRider, universities can send student developed payloads to other planets or asteroids, providing unique, hands-on learning opportunities and the freedom to choose their own research objectives.

SolRider uses solar electric propulsion, modern electronics and 3D printing to squeeze sufficient capability to reach Mars into a satellite the size of a dishwasher.  Depending on the destination, the system can deliver 10-50 kg of payload and supply up to 100 W of power.  That provides sufficient capacity for science instruments or for cameras to provide HD video feeds of the target destination.

SolRider Deployment


As a standard service, ExoTerra supplies the satellite, payload integration, launch system and operations.  ExoTerra can provide standard payload equipment such as HD video equipment or time capsules.  If the customer prefers to supply their own payload, ExoTerra will work with them to integrate it into the spacecraft.  As an added benefit, the customer retains the naming rights to the spacecraft.

Send Yourself to the Moon

For those who want to be part of a space mission, but don’t have $10M to spare, we plan a series of crowd-funding campaigns to pull together missions to the Moon, asteroids, comets and even Mars.  These campaigns offer ways for everyone to be part of the thrill of putting together a satellite, launching it to space, and seeing it succeed.

We plan to go live with an inaugural Kickstarter campaign November 27 for a mission to the Moon.  We will be offering patrons the opportunity to: send kapton cards with images of themselves and an inscribed tweet to the moon, deliver up to 1 oz  to the surface, take “selfies” with the Moon or Earthrise in the background, stream video feed or screen savers from the Moon, donate K-12 learning opportunities, or buy tickets to the launch party.

The unique opportunity provides a great holiday gift or advertising opportunity.

Call for a Quote

Universities, private individuals, or even private individuals who would like to donate a SolRider to a university can contact us at for a quote.  Mission prices vary with destination and payload needs.

If you have a payload that you are interested in delivering to the Moon or beyond, or would like to advertise on one of our unique spacecraft, please contact us as well.