Wild Ride

Mission Name

Wild Ride

Carrier Name

ION SCV003 Dauntless David

Launch Date

June 2021

Launch Site

Cape Canaveral




Falcon 9

Mission Status


Satellites Onboard


Hosted Payloads


Mission Updates


December 15th, 2022

ADEO-N drag sail by HPS unfolded into orbit and end of mission

ADEO-N, a braking sail module designed by HPS for the residue-free disposal of spacecraft, was successfully deployed by ION Dauntless David on December 15th, 2022.

By using the effect of atmospheric drag in low Earth orbit (LEO), ADEO can accelerate the orbital decay, effectively removing the spacecraft from orbit, tackling the growing issue of space debris, and complying with best practices regarding satellite end-of-life operations.

With the unfolding of ADEO-N, ION SCV Dauntless David completes its Wild Ride mission.


October 11th, 2021

D-Orbit Cloud Platform successfully tested in orbit

D-Orbit Cloud Platform, our on-demand, in-orbit cloud computing, and data storage service integrated aboard ION Dauntless David has successfully been tested in orbit.

Designed to provide distributed high-performance data analytics computing and storage capabilities in space, D-Orbit Cloud Platform is a hardware-software environment that enables end-users to uplink and run software and artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) apps in a way similar to conventional, terrestrial cloud environments. The test campaign successfully executed 23 separate applications developed by a variety of partners for disaster monitoring, video and image data transfer optimization, space domain awareness, advanced image processing for precision agriculture, defense early warning, and integrated satellite communication.

All mission objectives have been accomplished, validating the approach of an advanced in-orbit computing platform capable of performing advanced computations on raw data directly in space, turning them into actionable information optimized for downlink.


July 25th, 2021

End of the deployment phase

ION Dauntless David successfully deployed all six satellites hosted onboard and will now proceed with the in-orbit demonstration of 12 hosted payloads.

The video shows the deployment of NAPA-2, a 6U of the Thai Royal Air Force.


July 19th, 2021

Third satellite deployed

The mission moves forward smoothly. Over the weekend, on Sunday, July 18th, ION deployed Napa-2, a 6U by Marshall Intech Technologies.


July 16th, 2021

Beginning of deployment phase

After concluding the LEOP and commissioning phase, today we have entered the deployment phase of the mission by successfully deploying QMR-QWT, a 1U by Orbital Space, and Ghalib a 2U by Marshall Intech Technologies.


July 2nd, 2021

Beacon received

We received ION's beacon and our operations team is now performing a series of health check procedures required by the LEOP and commissioning phase in preparation for the operational phase. At the moment, all conditions are nominal.


June 30th, 2021


On June 30th, 2021, at 9.31 pm CEST, ION Satellite Carrier was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS), Florida. On the same day, 60 minutes after liftoff, the vehicle was successfully deployed into a 500 km Sun synchronous orbit (SSO).

ION SCV Dauntless David will deploy six satellites into distinct orbits and perform the in-orbit demonstration of 12 hosted payloads. The mission serves clients from 14 different nationalities and brings the total number of payloads launched by D-Orbit up to 63.



As soon as ION SCV Dauntless David reaches orbit, our spacecraft operations engineers establish a bidirectional communication channel. We then start the launch and early orbit phase (LEOP), neutralizing the rotation imparted by the launch vehicle during separation, correcting the attitude, testing the satellite’s subsystems, and preparing for the next phases.


Once concluded the commissioning phase, ION SCV Dauntless David starts the commercial phase of the mission with the deployment of the hosted satellites into a 500km sun-synchronous orbit.
During this phase ION will deploy satellites of the Spanish Elecnor Deimos, the Bulgarian EnduroSat, and the Kuwaiti Orbital Space, which will launch the country’s first radio amateur satellite. Also on board, under contract with ISILAUNCH and integrated into a QuadPack from Dutch satellite manufacturer ISISPACE, are Finnish Reaktor Space Lab, Marshall Intech Technology from UAE, and the Royal Thai Airforce.
As in its previous missions, ION deploys satellites through its innovative deployment strategy, called FAST DISPERSION, which enables an even distribution of the spacecraft along the operational orbit within a fraction of the time allowed by traditional dispersion techniques.


After the conclusion of the deployment phase, WILD RIDE will proceed with the in-orbit demonstration of LaserCube, an optical communication device from the Italian-based company Stellar Project.


This phase of the mission will be focused on the testing of Nebula, an on-demand, on-orbit cloud computing and data storage service at the core of D-Orbit’s upcoming advanced services. The first iteration of Nebula, which features an intelligent automation SpaceCloud iX5-100 radiation tolerant computing module by specialist Unibap, will demonstrate a range of innovative applications for advanced geospatial Earth Observation (EO) and Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) applications using sophisticated, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) algorithms for extremely low-latency decision support.


The mission will also feature a SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) experiment in collaboration with media artist Daniela de Paulis and INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica). The experiment, which investigates the possibility to communicate with other kinds of life in the universe, consists in the transmission of simulated alien messages to be received and decoded by radio telescopes worldwide and potentially, in the future, by the radio-amatorial community at large.


Finally, ION will enter the decommissioning phase through the testing of ADEO-N2, a small 1U-size deorbit sail subsystem, developed by the German space structures company HPS, that will lead to a faster, residue-free incineration of ION upon re-entry.

Seti Experiment Segment

Satellite nameION-mk02 Dauntless David SCV-003
Mission NameWild Ride
Launch Date2021-06-30 (Transporter-2)
Launch siteCape Canaveral
Type of missionAmateur combined with Research / no profit
Mission(s) and frequency band(s)A portion of UHF band is intended to be used for telemetry reception from student with school-developed ground station (telecom course) + Data storage in student-dev database (computer science course)
Planned duration of each part of the missionAbout six months
Requested frequency and functionDownlink: 437.515 MHz
Tuning range of transmitter and step incrementRange: 430 / 440 MHz, Step: 1MHz
ITU emission designator1K20 G1D
Common description of the emission, including modulation type and data ratePhase modulation with residual carrier, PCM data, SP-L encoded. Data rate: 1.2 kbps, QPSK Modulation
Type of antenna, antenna gain and patternUHF Monopole antenna. Gain: 2 dBi when mounted on the spacecraft
Attitude stabilisationThe satellite uses a combined magnetorquer and reaction wheels stabilization system
Service AreaREGION 1
Requested frequency and functionUplink: 437.515 MHz
Tuning range of receiver and step incrementRange: 430 / 440 MHz, step: 1MHz
ITU emission designator1K20 G1D
Common description of the emission including modulation type AND data ratePhase modulation with residual carrier, PCM data, SP-L encoded. Data rate: 1.2 kbps, QPSK Modulation
Noise temperature230 K
Associated antenna gain and patternUHF Monopole antenna. Gain: 2 dBi when mounted on the spacecraft
Physical structure.Antenna Monopole, Mass: 50g, Antenna rod length: 190mm
Power budget.The satellite will be equipped with 2 redundant EPS modules. Each EPS has a battery pack which provide an energy capacity of about 120Wh. These batteries are re-charged by solar panels body mounted
Positive space station transmitter control.Transmission can be turned OFF by a dedicated telecommand. This telecommand is processed by on-board computers. OBC redundant reduces the possible of computer failure and increases reliability. In case of interference, space station transmitter shall be terminated in no more than a few hours