The satellite sector is booming. On the one hand, the traditional space market tends to grow by exploiting the data collected via space satellites and on the other hand, a new sector is developing exponentially: the "New Space" market based on new satellites: microsats (weighing less than 150 kg) and nano-satellites (weighing less than 10 kg), thanks to the miniaturization of the technology that enables mass production.
Indeed, our world is increasingly dependent on space resources for earth observation, weather forecasts, global navigation, disaster prevention, high-precision agriculture, autonomous cars, the Internet and connected objects. etc.
There are currently about 1,500 operational satellites orbiting the Earth, in total, over the next 5 to 10 years, the number of satellites launched will be more than 23,000. This exponential growth poses 2 challenges major.
The 'New Space' satellite operators do not usually have their own launch infrastructure, hence the need to find unused capacity of launchers already reserved by larger or institutional satellites.
Depending on availability, these satellite operators are forced to wait from one to two years in order to find an appropriate launcher in the correct orbital slot.
Once reserved a suitable launcher, their satellites are separately distributed in the launcher and released into orbit in the same area. These satellites must reach a defined position in orbit: a satellite constellation is usually composed of regularly spaced satellites. The delay between the release of the launch and the final location in the correct position is usually 6 to 10 months. As all new satellites are in the same situation, all space companies have the same problem.
Earth's orbit is encumbered by a growing population of man-made objects that no longer serve any purpose, such as satellites that no longer work, the upper floors of rockets and other objects released during a space mission . These are called debris. Thousands of debris and satellites that do not operate gravitate around the Earth at thousands of kilometers per hour.
Therefore, with private companies and space agencies around the world planning to launch tens of thousands of satellites into space in the coming years, it is important to ensure that everything is properly destroyed.
Italian company headquartered in Milan, D-ORBIT is a company specializing in the space satellite industry. A global company, D-ORBIT is based in Italy, Portugal and the United States. The activity began in 2011 with the development of advanced high technologies for giants of the traditional space market, such as Airbus, Thales or the European Space Agency.
D-ORBIT has designed its own technology for the traditional space market, with its high level of reliability and quality and now extends it to the "New Space" market players with two flagship products:
- ION: revolutionary, disruptive and unique solution for deployment in orbit that will be launched in orbit in early 2019 by the European Space Agency from the Kourou space base.
- D3: only real solution to remove satellites from their orbit and then destroy them, in orbit around the earth since June 2017.
D-ORBIT technologies are all protected by different patents in all countries with a major space program. They have won numerous awards and distinctions since their launch. In addition to these patented technologies, D-ORBIT offers a range of satellite-related services: design, manufacturing, orbit positioning, operations management, control, platform engineering, etc.
D-ORBIT's clients include major players in the Space sector (European Space Agency, Ariane Espace, Thalès, etc.) and New Space companies such as Sky and Space Global (SAS). With an IPO planned for the end of 2018, D-ORBIT forecasts a turnover of more than 120 M € within 4 years.