D3: QUICK AND SAFE REMOVAL AT THE END OF LIFE
End-of-life decommissioning is rapidly becoming a concern for satellite operators. Satellites’ onboard propulsive systems are not optimized for end-of-life maneuvers, leading to end-of-life operations that are long, complex, and expensive. These operations shorten satellite lifetime, and cannot be performed at all in case of satellite failure.
Enter D3 (D-Orbit Decommissioning Device).
D3 is an independent, smart motor optimized for decommissioning maneuvers. Installed on satellites before launch, D3 removes them from orbit quickly, safely, and directly at end-of-life or in case of a major failure. D3 is fully compliant with international space debris regulations, enabling operators of constellations to maintain their operational orbits free from uncontrolled satellites, and reducing collision risk. Depending on the configuration, D3 can perform quick re-entry for LEO satellites, re-orbiting to graveyard orbit for MEO and GEO satellites.