Turion Space

Turion Space is building spacecraft to remove orbital debris and provide services to existing satellites.

Created: 2021-08-29

Updated: 2022-09-18

Company - Turion Space

Founded
Country
2020
USA
Funding
$4.8M
Website
Turion Space
Social
Turion Space

Service - Droid

Classification
In-Space Transportation
Category
Active Debris Removal (ADR)
On-Orbit Servicing
Resources - Asteroid Mining
Fields
In-Space Satellite Servicing
Asteroids
Status
3) Development
First launch
2023

Our spacecraft will rendezvous and dock with current satellites and large debris objects using vision sensors and robotic arms. Utilizing the onboard propulsion system, the spacecraft will either deorbit or change the orbit of the debris object or satellite. Our team has a proven track record of bringing ideas to orbit with over 25 years of experience from SpaceX, Skunk Works, and Electroimpact. Solving this problem is crucial to ensure a sustainable space economy, and is the first step towards our longer term vision of mining Asteroids.

Meet the Droid family… 

  1. Droid-1 will launch ~2022. The goal is to reach a stable orbit, send over-the-air software updates, and test equipment. The subscale demo craft won’t have a docking mechanism. 
  2. Droid-2, targeted for 2023, will be more functional. Turion plans to use Droid-2’s robo-arm to dock with Droid-1, deorbit, and demonstrate a fully functioning debris removal mechanism. Dogfooding in space!
  3. Droid-3, slated for 2024, will have a proprietary thruster and other bells and whistles. Turion plans to build and launch a batch of Droid-3s.  
    The sauce recipe: Droid-1 will have sensing payloads that Turion aims to rent out for space-to-space use cases (like situational awareness). After taking out the Droid-1 trash, Droid-2 will also be open for business. The Droid-3 generation is when volume production (relatively speaking) and scaled-up commercial services come into play.
    First principles: Turion is optimizing for “Delta-V per dollar spent” on Droid design/development. Whether a Droid is deorbiting a dead satellite or shuttling a spent upper stage, all engineering and financial roads lead back to the Delta-V/$ metric, Westerdahl said. 

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