D-Orbit is a first-mover in the market of decommissioning devices and a disruptor in next-generation commissioning solutions. We are leading the future in satellite fleet management by developing state-of-the-art technology to be integrated on satellites and launcher stages to streamline the initial and the final phase of the mission, reducing system complexity and cost of operation, and increasing lifetime, reliability, and revenues.
D-Orbit aims at disrupting the space industry by redefining how commissioning and decommissioning, the initial and final phase of a space mission, are performed, addressing current shortcomings and creating value in the process.
Commissioning is a critical phase for the new generation geostationary satellites, equipped with electric propulsion only. While electric propulsion is very effective for attitude control maneuver, its low thrust causes a slow transfer – up to six months – from parking orbit to operational orbit, delaying the start of operations and therefore postponing the revenue-generating phase. During the transfer, the satellite is exposed for a long time to radiation from the Van Allen belt, with consequences on the solar arrays and other electronic components.
End-of-life decommissioning, as mandated by increasingly stringent international regulations, is quickly becoming a concern for satellite operators, especially in view of next-generation mega-constellations. Besides the legal requirement, removing satellites at the end of life is becoming necessary to reduce the risk of collision with defunct spacecraft. Yet, satellite’s onboard propulsive systems are not optimized for end-of-life maneuvers, leading to end-of-life operations that are long, complex, expensive, that cut the lifetime of a satellite, and that cannot be performed at all in case of satellite failure.
D-Orbit has a patented product line of smart, modular systems, based on solid rocket motor systems, proprietary core technologies to protect and maximize satellite value in an increasingly hazardous space environment.
D-Orbit is currently working at D-Sat, a D3-powered satellite that will demonstrate self-decommissioning technology in space by the end of 2016.
After that, the sky is the limit. D-Orbit is working on life extension solution for on-orbit GEO satellites, and active debris removal. Providing on-orbit services is D-Orbit’s strategic business objective. Industry partnering discussions are underway.
Disrupting the space industry by redefining how satellites and other space vehicles are transported, commissioned, serviced, and decommissioned, addressing shortcomings, preserving space resources, and creating value in the process.
To define the new standard of satellite constellations management by developing self-decommissioning platforms and satellites' and launcher stages’ innovative components to streamline the initial and the final phase of the mission for an effective orbital transfer, reducing systems complexity and cost of operation, and increasing lifetime, reliability and revenues.
D-Orbit is dedicated to making its business a force for good, optimizing both economic performance and social impact in order to improve the environmental capital.
We are the first European company to be registered as Benefit Corporation, and the first aerospace company to have received the B-Corp certification worldwide.
D-Orbit places equal emphasis on three pillars: profit, benefit, global impact.
Our products are designed to solve global challenges with a high social impact. Our internal organization leverages the value of people and the positive relationship with all our stakeholders.