We are building the in-space propellant supply chain - gas stations in space. Our ubiquitous supply of spacecraft propellant in LEO, GEO, and cis-lunar space shifts the paradigm of satellite design towards reusability, improves existing space business models like communications and Earth observation, and opens new industries like space tourism, manufacturing, and mining.
Product/Service - Fuel Shuttle
- In-Space Transportation
- Propellant Refilling
Propellant Refuel Station
- Refilling Station
- First launch
Orbit Fab envisions a thriving in-space market for products and services that support both existing space businesses (communications and Earth observation) and new industries like space tourism, manufacturing, and mining.
The first step is achieving ubiquitous availability of satellite propellant in Earth Orbit, expanding the operational potential of new and existing space assets and providing unprecedented business model flexibility for satellite owners. The future for satellites is no longer restricted to the fuel they are launched with. It is about getting the fuel and other materials they need, where and when they need it, to accomplish things never before thought possible.
Designed a system that consists of what are essentially in-space tugs that can guide spacecraft on-orbit to refueling depots, to which they connect with the company's custom fueling interface. It's designed to be relatively easy to incorporate into new satellite designs, providing a way to easily refuel in space without requiring any special robotic systems for capture and docking.
Gas Stations in Space
First operational fuel depot to orbit, Tanker 001 Tenzing, which will provide fuel for the fast growing in-orbit servicing industry, is expected to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 no earlier than in June 2021.
In October 2022 won a $13.3 million government contract to provide fuel for US Space Force satellites — another step toward what the company hopes will become a network of gas stations in outer space.
Orbit Fab, the Gas Stations in Space™ refueling service provider, and Astroscale U.S. Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Astroscale Holdings Inc., have signed a commercial agreement to refuel Astroscale’s Life Extension In-Orbit (LEXI™) Servicer in GEO; LEXI is the first satellite designed to be refueled. Under the terms of this initial agreement, Orbit Fab’s GEO fuel shuttle will resupply Astroscale’s fleet of LEXI Servicers with up to 1,000 kilograms of Xenon propellant. With this purchase, Astroscale has greatly expanded LEXI’s scope and flexibility to perform on-orbit servicing missions — a benefit for every customer. Astroscale’s LEXI spacecraft is slated to launch to GEO by 2026, where it will perform life extension services for commercial operators, the U.S government and partner governments around the world. LEXI’s key services for customers include station keeping and attitude control, momentum management, inclination correction, GEO relocation and retirement to graveyard orbit.
Our refueling service architecture consists of depots in various orbits, and shuttles that will deliver fuel from those depots to client spacecraft.
Client spacecraft, such as Astroscale's LEXI™, are equipped with our RAFTI service valve.
WE’VE RACKED UP A NUMBER OF WORLD-FIRSTS
- First-ever commercially available in-space fueling port (branded RAFTI™)
- First-ever propellant depot operating in Low Earth Orbit, Tanker-001 Tenzing. 6 months from concept to hardware handover.
- First private company to resupply the International Space Station with water. Accomplished within a year of founding, and meeting NASA’s strict guidelines for crew-rated systems.
- Astroscale's LEXI spacecraft, the world's first operational, commercial satellite designed to be refueled, will be equipped with the RAFTI interface.
- First company to have investments from both Lockheed Martin Ventures and Northrop Grumman.
In July 2022, Orbit Fab, the Gas Stations In Space™ company creating an in-space propellant supply chain, and Breaking Ground Trust, a lunar resources perpetual purpose trust, announced the signing of a letter of intent for a regolith donation. Under the terms of this agreement, Orbit Fab intends to purchase a lunar sample from a third party and donate it to Breaking Ground to hold it in trust.
- Selected by U.S. Air Force to develop an in-space xenon pumping system, which is a key technology for servicing satellites and spacecraft on orbit.
- Orbit Fab Announces $12 million AFWERX STRATFI Program.
- Orbit Fab said in October 2022 that 8090 Industries was a “new major investor” in the company, but did not disclose the size of the investment. The company had previously raised a total of $17 million, including more than $10 million in a September 2021 round that included Lockheed Martin Ventures and Northrop Grumman.
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