Next Big Futures article Peloton, the world’s largest cycling apparel company, today announced it is working to launch a commercial spacecraft from the International Space Station.
The new venture, launched by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, will fly on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and deliver customized cycling apparel to the International Station, or ISS, a.k.a.
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“We are excited to be part of the launch of the first privately-launched mission to the ISS,” said Peloton CEO and co-founder Peter Beck.
“This is a huge step forward for the future of cycling, and we look forward to sharing the launch with the world.”
The mission is being managed by SpaceX, the private spaceflight company founded by Elon Musk, and the mission is also expected to be fully reusable.
“SpaceX is committed to taking risks and pushing the boundaries in space, and it’s our mission to be pioneers in that field,” said Chris Ferguson, vice president of engineering at SpaceX.
“Peloton has been innovating in the cycling space for decades, and this is a very exciting step for us.”
Pelonton began developing cycling apparel for its customers in 2006 and is one of the few companies in the apparel industry to have been in the business for over 20 years.
It currently has more than 4,000 employees and operates in 17 countries.
“The mission to send a small cargo spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory of the ISS is exciting, and exciting times for cycling,” said Jim Hensley, chief commercial officer at SpaceX, who will be attending the launch.
“A key part of our plan is to use this spacecraft to build our next generation of high-performance commercial vehicles.”
The mission is slated to launch in 2020.
Pelotons mission to space will be powered by a single, small Falcon 9 first stage, which is powered by three Merlin engines.
The engine will be responsible for firing rockets for a period of about 10 minutes.
The vehicle will launch from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The spacecraft will fly up to 6,000 miles (9,100 kilometers) into space before arriving back at the launch site.
Peloton will also use the vehicle to deliver gear and materials to the space station.