End-of-life decommissioning is rapidly becoming a concern for satellite operators. Satellites’ onboard propulsive systems are not optimized for end-of-life maneuvers, leading to end-of-life operations that are long, complex, and expensive. These operations shorten satellite lifetime, and cannot be performed at all in case of satellite failure.
D3 is an independent, smart motor optimized for decommissioning maneuvers. Installed on satellites before launch, D3 removes them from orbit quickly, safely, and directly at end-of-life or in case of major failure. D3 is fully compliant with international space debris regulations, enabling operators of constellations to maintaining their operational orbits free from uncontrolled satellites, and reducing collision risk. Depending on the configuration, D3 can perform quick re-entry for LEO satellites, re-orbiting to graveyard orbit for MEO and GEO satellites.
Commissioning is a critical phase for full-electric GEO satellites. Electric propulsion produces very slow transfer (up to six months) from GTO to GEO, delaying revenue-generation.
During the transfer, the satellite is exposed to higher layers of Earth’s atmosphere, radiation from the Van Allen belt, and to space debris, with possible damage to the solar arrays and avionics.
D-Raise is a compact, independent, solid propulsion system optimized for commissioning maneuvers of full-electric satellite platforms.
Its compact, high thrust motor accelerates the transfer maneuver from GTO to GEO by boosting the perigee up to an altitude of 500km. The extended version is even capable to raise the perigee up to 10,000km, well above the Van Allen radiation belts and most space debris. D-Raise enables satellite operators to start generating revenues earlier, while preventing deterioration of satellite components, and reducing collision risk.
InOrbit NOW is a revolutionary launch and deployment service designed to transport your CubeSats to space and release them into precise, independent orbital slots, enabling you to start your space mission quickly and in optimal operational conditions. If you need some help along the way, our catalog includes services like mission analysis and design, platform engineering, software development, acceptance testing, and transportation. Launching your technology to space has never been easier, even if you have never done it before.
When it comes to launching, CubeSats are often treated like second-class citizens. Packed in bulk inside passive dispenser, piggybacked into upper stages, and released in swarm with no consideration for the specific needs of each operator.
With InOrbit NOW, your CubeSat will travel in business class inside ION CubeSat carrier, a satellite platform operated by D-Orbit. ION packs a combination of 1U, 2U, 3U, 3U+, 6U, 6U+, 12U and 12U+ CubeSats in an environment designed to reduce vibrations and shock levels during launch. Once released into space, ION is totally independent from the launch vehicle, enabling personalized deployment of each CubeSat onboard with an extremely low tumbling rate (less than 6deg/s). A triple fault-tolerant mechanism guarantees the release of all satellites that may not be released nominally before the end of the mission.
With InOrbit NOW you can finally get the kind of launch and deployment service your CubeSats deserve.
Your space mission is a complex endeavor, whose success depends on many factors. New requirements, like space debris mitigation and remediation regulations, demand innovative approaches to analysis, design, qualification, and testing.
D-Orbit is here to support you, providing expert consulting and best practices at mission level, system level, avionics design, and more.
Our ESA-certified clean room – category ISO-8 (“100000”) – is fully equipped with tools to prototype, manufacture, and test space equipment.
To ensure the best quality in the industry we work with state of the art tools and methodologies, including:
Are you working on debris mitigation solutions? D-Orbit can support your team in performing Phase 0-A feasibility studies, system analysis, and mission analysis.
We have expertise in development of control and estimation algorithms, with applications in orbit determination and Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS), and we can help you in design and development plans, and implement safety rules.
All space system and components must function under extreme hazardous and critical conditions for the duration of the mission. This is why reliability analysis is a critical step in space system design.
Our team have an established expertise in failure mode, effects and criticality analysis (FMECA) and fault tree analysis (FTA), the most established practices to identify and address fault in design of critical space systems.
We develop in house many complex subsystems, including: Integrated Satellite Control Subsystems (OBC/OBDH)
Do you need similar products and subsystems? Call us to discuss a solution customized around your needs.
Onboard computers, avionics, and ground segment computer systems require reliable software, designed according to the best practices.
Our software engineers are specialized in critical software development, with a criticality level up to ESA level B. We develop onboard applications in C/C++ and ADA for LEON 3/4, ARM, and PIC microcontrollers, under CRTOS and RTEMS operating systems. These combinations are ideal for real-time, high reliability software.
We also develop software for Windows and Linux ground station using Pyton and JAVA, two modern high-level languages.
All software activities are developed according to ECSS Software and Product Assurance standards.