Going to space requires all the power of a rocket to lift a satellite high enough and push it fast enough that it will remain in Earth’s orbit for decades. However, a space mission never lasts that long, so we end up with countless spent satellites, drifting around the Earth for decades as orbital debris where they pose a threat to other operational spacecraft.
D-Sat is about to change this.
D-Sat is the first satellite with the capability to perform a direct and controlled re-entry through a dedicated device. Thanks to D-Orbit’s patented D3 independent propulsive system onboard, D-Sat will perform a precise decommissioning maneuver that will cause the satellite to re-enter Earth’s orbit in just 30 minutes from the moment of ignition, even if the main systems become unresponsive.
The same technology can be scaled up to decommission much larger spacecraft in any orbit, offering a safe and cost effective way to mitigate the space debris issue while enabling satellite operators to use all propellant onboard to perform the mission.
to infinity and beyond!
D-Sat flies in a 500 km polar orbit, higher than most CubeSats. Yes, we can remove a CubeSat from that far, and we have solutions for larger satellites and higher orbits too.
We don’t believe in crossing our fingers hoping for the best: we want to guarantee that no accident will happen on our watch. With a precise maneuver of D-Sat’s propulsive decommissioning system we can target a precise zone above the ocean, ensuring that possible micro-fragment will be disposed out of arm’s way.
From orbit to atmospheric re-entry in 30 minutes or less, not in 30 years or more. This is the difference between actively working toward solving the space debris problem and just sitting still.
BEAM ME DOWN, SCOTTY
The most critical subsystems NASA creates are those that must work reliably when properly activated, and refuse to work in any other circumstance. Our decommissioning system fits this description perfectly, so we designed it following the strictest NASA guidelines. This way we can have our space mission, and decommission it too.
What can you do during a one-month trip to orbit? How about testing a new emergency protocol, investigating the higher layers of the atmosphere, and validating our decommissioning technology, while answering a few ham radio calls in the spare time?