D-Orbit achieves a milestone by inaugurating the first-ever ‘Space-Taxi’ mission

Representing the world’s first-ever ‘space taxi’ mission, D-Orbit’s ‘Ion’ spacecraft successfully complete the delivery of all of its ‘passengers’ (namely 12 SuperDoves satellites from Planet, the no.1 smallsat earth observation constellation).

D-Orbit achieves a milestone by inaugurating the first-ever ‘Space-Taxi’ mission
D-Orbit achieves a milestone by inaugurating the first-ever ‘Space-Taxi’ mission

D-Orbit achieves a milestone by inaugurating the first-ever ‘Space-Taxi’ mission

D-Orbit recently ushered in the start of the in-orbit transportation market, achieving a major milestone in the dawn of the in-space economy. D-Orbit confirmed that the inaugural mission of its space-based last-mile delivery service has been completed.

Representing the world’s first-ever ‘space taxi’ mission, D-Orbit’s ‘Ion’ spacecraft successfully complete the delivery of all of its ‘passengers’ (namely 12 SuperDoves satellites from Planet, the no.1 smallsat earth observation constellation).

D-Orbit’s Ion is a spacecraft that aggregates up lots of small satellites, piggybacks a lift into orbit on a large rocket with the likes of SpaceX, and then flies around dropping off its cargo/passengers in the precise orbital destination required.

With D-Orbit’s Ion space taxi, customers get the dual benefits of the precise orbital insertion (i.e. desired destination) of a smallsat launcher, whilst leveraging the dramatically lower costs of large rockets.

D-Orbit offers unique benefits in terms of how quickly and cost-effectively satellites can get to their desired orbits, and indeed which orbits they can get to. This has the potential to dramatically reduce mission costs.

D-Orbit’s second Ion mission with SpaceX is scheduled for December and is already fully booked and a full launch is in manifest now for 2021.