Company Profile

D-Orbit is a market leader in the space logistics and transportation services industry addressing the logistics needs of the space market with a track record of space-proven technologies and successful missions.

The company has developed proprietary space logistics technology and transportation solutions that will accelerate the growth and development of the space economy.

Committed to helping companies profitably and sustainably maximize the opportunities to do business in space today and into the future, D-Orbit is delivering successful customer outcomes today while developing advanced products and services for the needs of tomorrow.

Founded in 2011, before the dawn of the New Space market, D-Orbit is addressing the logistics needs of the space market. ION Satellite Carrier, for example, is a space vehicle that can transport satellites in orbit and release them individually into distinct orbital slots, reducing the time from launch to operations by up to 85% and the launch costs of an entire satellite constellation by up to 40%. ION can also accommodate multiple third-party payloads like innovative technologies developed by startups, experiments from research entities, and instruments from traditional space companies requiring a test in orbit. To further empower satellite operators to achieve a more profitable and effective business, the company has also developed in-house a proprietary cloud-based mission control software suit designed to control entire satellite constellations.

D-Orbit is a space infrastructure pioneer with offices in Italy, Portugal, UK, and the US; its commitment to pursuing business models that are profitable, friendly for the environment, and socially beneficial, led to D-Orbit becoming the first certified B-Corp space company in the world.


Viale Risorgimento, 57 Fino Mornasco CO 22073

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    • Address

      Viale Risorgimento, 57 Fino Mornasco CO 22073

    • Manager

      Elena Giglio - Institutional Relations Manager

    • Phone number

      +39 02.3792.0900

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    Our Offices in Italy
    Products | Services | Applications |Technologies
    • ION Launch Service: is an end-to-end launch procurement, hosting, and deployment service that leverages ION Satellite Carrier, an orbital transportation vehicle manufactured and operated by D-Orbit that hosts a batch of spacecraft into its onboard dispensers, carries them throughout its mission, and release them individually into precise orbital slots according to the needs of the customers. The platform can modify its own orientation, altitude, and right ascension of ascending node (RAAN) before deploying each Individual satellite, enabling deployment strategies previously unavailable to this class of spacecraft. ION’s 64U payload bay can host minisats, hosted payloads, and third-party launch tubes alongside D-Orbit’s mission-related hardware.
    • DPOD Launch Service: is a CubeSat launch and procurement service offered by D-Orbit that provides launch opportunities with the major launch operators and equipped with D-Orbit’s proprietary DPOD and DCUBE dispensers.  The service, available for CubeSats between 3U and 16U+, includes integration within D-Orbit’s proprietary DPOD or DCUBE dispensers, which are market leader for in terms of launch vibration protection and lateral protrusions allowance.
    • ION Hosted Payload Service: ION Satellite Carrier offers a plug-and-play mechanical, electrical, and data interface to quickly integrate experiments and instruments onboard and operate them from the ground as subsystem of ION itself. Experiments and instruments are fitted inside structures ranging from 1U up to 16U in volume, connected to the main spacecraft bus, so they can be managed directly by D-Orbit’s mission controllers. Possible applications range from in-orbit demonstration (IOD) missions of 1U experiments, to months-long missions using massive optical or radar instruments. The development and testing of an experiment is greatly simplified by encapsulating the payload inside a CubeSat structure that communicates through standard, well-defined interfaces.
    • AOCS Suite: is a modular attitude and orbit control system solution built of three nested systems that can be acquired separately. Each layer is built upon the ones below, enabling satellite designers to create an ADCS that fits their needs and budgets. An architecture with redundant data, power, and propulsion interfaces guarantees failure tolerance. The suite is ideal for spacecraft of up to 400 kg, operating in an orbit up to 1200km high, with an inclination above 30° and any beta angle.
    • D-Sense: is a multi-sensors module that has the capability to track the position of the Sun, the Earth’s horizon, the magnetic field, and the angular rate of the spacecraft. It also includes a camera that can be used to take photos and videos, and operate as a star tracker.
    • OBC Core: is an affordable onboard computer for general application on mini and microsatellites. Build with rugged automotive-grade components, OBC core features a double or even quadruple redundant architecture, making it a reliable alternative to more expensive radiation-hardened hardware.
    • IA Core: is a general purpose computing node with standardized mechanical and electrical interfaces. The core incorporates a low power 32-bit microprocessor for on-board computing tasks and access to a wide variety of communication buses and peripherals.
    • Aurora: is a powerful cloud-based mission control software suite designed to control a single satellite or a complete constellation through a user-friendly, fully customizable control interface. The software provides graphic representation of orbital position and attitude, with updates on upcoming passages, grants full control of operations, sub-systems status, and energy and power budget, and store all command, telemetry, and photographic data for diagnostics.
    • D3: is an independent, smart propulsion system available for all satellite platforms operating in LEO, MEO, and GEO. It is specialized in decommissioning maneuvers to remove the hosting satellite from the operational orbit in a quick, direct, and controlled way at the end of the mission or in case of major malfunction.
    • D-Raise: is a propulsion system for full-electric satellite platforms. It speeds up the transfer maneuver from parking orbit to the operational orbit, reducing the exposure of the satellite’s solar arrays to radiation of the Van Allen belts and enabling an earlier start of the revenue-generating phase of the mission.
    • Simba: is a lightweight, cost-effective, and versatile onboard computer for platform management and general-purpose applications. Qualified for long-lasting LEO mission, Simba is based on a reliable and flight-proven LEON3-FT SPARC V8 core by Cobham Gaisler (GR712RC).
    • SimOn: is an Electro-Explosive System (EES) used for the remotely safe ignition of the pyrotechnical chain; in particular D-Orbit provides this electro mechanism for Solid Rocket Motors ignition.
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    Our Missions & Programmes

    GSTP, Horizon2020, ESA ARTES, ESA Clean Space, ESA InCubed