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The second
life of ION

D-Orbit is working towards a space servicing infrastructure that will enable the growth of the next-generation space industry. These services will be powered by proprietary robotic servicing vehicles designed to achieve multiple mission objectives throughout their lifespan.

ION Hosted Payload Service

ION Hosted Payload Service is a service that enables space hardware developers to quickly get a payload to orbit for testing or operations.
The payloads are hosted inside ION Satellite Carrier, D-Orbit’s proprietary orbital transfer vehicle, which is launched multiple times a year. An innovative plug-and-play mechanical, electrical, and data interface greatly simplifies integration and testing. This advanced degree of standardization allows D-Orbit to easily re-arrange the launch schedule to accommodate last-minute changes and enables operators to repeat a given experiment over different missions.
During the experiment, ION changes its attitude to provide optimal exposure to the sun, darkness, Earth, and horizon. The hosting spacecraft provides resources like power, uplink, downlink, memory, and more. The availability of multiple launch options in LEO, SSO, and GEO every year provides the ability to switch launches in case of delay.

D-Orbit Cloud Platform

D-Orbit Cloud Platform is a state-of-the-art innovative space cloud-based technology that will revolutionize the speed that data is shared between space and ground.

Data Computing

In-orbit space computing through AI. Our Cloud Platform makes it possible to personalize your data experience with personalized apps and integrate multiple data sources.

Immediate Results

Through the D-Orbit Cloud Platform it's possible to know when something is happening and respond close to real-time without the need for ground processing.

Data Storage

Our service allows users to store data securely and provides immediate access to relevant data, saving time, and resources, and increasing productivity.

Practical applications include: 

  • Civil security and public protection: Object detection (illegal shipping, piracy, smuggling, etc.); crowd location and detection; atmosphere and pollution alert. 
  • Disaster monitoring and response: Real-time detection (wildfires, floods, landslides, avalanches, traffic accidents, tsunamis); real-time alerts (directly to ground and via network to authorities); real-time response support; cross-task other satellites (e.g. targeted observation for a passing commercial SAR)
  • Climate and weather monitoring: Detection of dangerous weather events; prioritization of data inputs into model ensembles to obtain earlier and better forecasts. 

Satellite as a-Service (SaaS)

The Satellite as a Service model allows customers to leverage the capabilities of satellite technology without having to invest in and operate their own satellite infrastructure. Through this model, customers can simply purchase operations on ION to access services that range from basic connectivity to more advanced operations that leverage satellite data.

This model makes satellite-based services more accessible to a wide range of customers, including small businesses and organizations that may not have the resources to invest in their own satellite infrastructure.


A great example of the Satellite as a Service model is IRIDE, a space-based observation program initiated by the Italian government. D-Orbit will provide one SAR (synthetic aperture radar) satellite, called NOX, and will manage its flight operations segment on behalf of the end user.

The satellite constellation will use various detection techniques and technologies, including microwave and optical imaging in different frequencies, and will provide data for applications in commercial startups, SMEs, and industry.

You can learn more about IRIDE and NOX here.​