Decommissioning Devices

Fino Mornasco (CO), Como



About D-Orbit

D-Orbit develops smart satellite disposal systems (D-Orbit Decommissioning Devices, D3) that can be installed on spacecraft and launcher stages before launch and are able to remove them in a quick, safe and controlled manner from their orbit. The objective is to help operators saving their assets (i.e. orbital slots), reducing operational costs and risks, and consequently providing an easier, sustainable and profitable access to space.

Space Debris is affecting space operations from many different perspectives in an exponential way: today more than 6000 satellites are in space, of which only 1000 are still operational. The remaining are orbiting around the Earth, uncontrolled. While up to a few years ago, outer space was substantially empty of man-made objects and risk of mutual collision was relatively low, about 20,000 objects larger than 5 cm are today flying at 18,000 miles per hour (more than 30’000 km/h) increasing the risk of mutual collision. This could cause a collision chain that could severely damage our space assets, pretty much as in the movie “Gravity”, compromising most of the services that we use on Earth every day (e.g. GPS navigation, telecommunication, disaster prevention, weather forecasts, etc.).

D-Orbit seeks to solve the problem at the source, avoiding a satellite to become a debris. This would contribute to provide a better environment for space business, helping satellite operators to decrease operational costs and increase their revenues. In particular the D-Orbit Decommissioning Device:

  • Simplifies disposal manoeuvres procedures, cutting the duration from several weeks down to few hours, reducing uncertainties and fuel gauging; this is particularly important in case of large constellations of satellites;
  • Protects space infrastructures (i.e. strategic orbits and assigned orbital slots)
  • Allows a full exploitation of the station keeping fuel thus extending operational life;
  • Reduces third party liability in case of collision with operational satellites in orbit or assets on Earth.

Thanks to a team of aerospace professionals, who has combined 40+ year experience in the space industry with the principles of sustainability, D-Orbit gives the opportunity to space operators to have a positive impact on the society, through an effective and convenient solution for Space Pollution and preserving a sound space environment for business and exploration for the future generations.

In D-Orbit we believe every business should have a positive impact on people, on our society and on other businesses. Profitability for us goes together with strategic sustainability: we create a business that last forever, improving our customers’ business, positive impact on society and life of people. In D-Orbit we know that orbital space is a finite resource: let’s use it responsibly.

The Change We Seek®

Current Space utilization practices are unsustainable: they lead to an increasing population of defunct satellites and other man-made debris in orbital Space. The growing mass of objects parked in orbit makes collisions increasingly likely, a fact which is in turn leading to an exponentially increasing concentration of debris in the most useful and therefore most utilized orbits, reducing the life of new spacecraft and increase the risk of unpredictable and uncontrolled relapse of space debris on the Earth.

D-Orbit’s mission is to stop the systematic increase of concentration of uncontrolled objects in space, promoting a sustainable and profitable future for the Space industry, and a clean and safe environment for space missions.

This would lead to a continuous, sustainable orbital Space utilization model.

D-Orbit creates tangible and intangible benefits and profits opportunities for customers and positive impact on our society. The strategic process that led to the design of D-Orbit Decommissioning Device permit to transform the “problem makers” in “problem solvers” through sustainable space missions. D-Orbit believes that doing well in business and doing right by the environment are not mutually exclusive, but that businesses have an opportunity to do environmental good on an unprecedented level.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

August 2014

Company Score

Median Score*



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Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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