D-Orbit in a nutshell
D-Orbit is an Italian New Space company with solutions covering the entire lifecycle of a space mission, including mission analysis and design, engineering, manufacturing, integration, testing, launch, and end-of-life decommissioning.
Their competitive advantage is the versatility of their launch and deployment services that can be tailored to the customer’s needs, from the launch procurement of a single spacecraft using standard deployment strategies to the precise deployment of a full constellation with ION CubeSat Carrier, a free-flying dispenser developed and operated by D-Orbit itself.
ION CubeSat Carrier can host any combination of CubeSats with a total volume of up to 48U and release them individually into distinct orbital slots, enabling deployment schemes previously unavailable to spacecraft with no independent propulsion.
Upcoming launches with Arianespace and SpaceX
D-Orbit plans to launch their first CubeSat deployer in June on an Arianespace Vega which will be the first steps to allowing an upgraded deployer on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in December. The second deployer will be capable of in-space manoeuvres.
Bruno Carvalho, vice president of business development, hopes that D-Orbit will be able to launch one of the ION CubeSat Carriers every two to three months. Click the link below to hear more of Carvalho’s thoughts about the exciting future of D-Orbit, how it reacted to the coronavirus pandemic and D-Orbit’s upcoming launch.