Latitude, Zephyr
Latitude, Zephyr
Launch, LEO

Latitude (formerly known as Venture Orbital Systems)

Latitude is based in Reims, France, and has become one of the rising European light launcher solutions.

They are developing a light rocket to focus on small satellite launches, and are committed to providing innovative solutions that address the unique needs of their clients: to enhance the accessibility and efficiency of satellite deployment into space. With a strong emphasis on sustainability and technological advancement, Latitude seeks to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of space exploration and satellite technology.

Their main product is the Zephyr rocket, a two-stage launch vehicle designed to cater to the needs of small satellite operators. It is 19 meters high with a diameter of 1.5 meters and is powered by Latitude’s proprietary Navier engines, featuring seven sea-level engines in the first stage and one vacuum-optimized engine in the second stage.

The rocket is capable of delivering payloads of up to 100kg to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and 80kg to Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO). Zephyr represents a blend of France’s rich missile and industrial legacy plus recent aerospace innovation, aiming to strengthen Europe’s position in the global space race. It is part of Latitude’s commitment to providing dedicated and reliable access to space, with strategic launch sites in SaxaVord (Shetland Islands) and Kourou (French Guyana).

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