Commercial Partnership with D-Orbit for Small Satellite Launch Services

Feb. 25. 2021
Marubeni Corporation

Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter, “Marubeni”) has concluded a representative sales agreement with D-Orbit SpA (hereinafter, “D-Orbit”), which provides small satellite launch arrangement and deployment services. According to the agreement, Marubeni will gain exclusive rights to provide D-Orbit’s services in Japan, and in other strategic areas.

D-Orbit is an Italian space logistics company. D-Orbit’s flagship service, InOrbit NOW (hereinafter, “ION”), is a launch and deployment service that uses ION Satellite Carrier, a spacecraft designed, manufactured, and operated by the company. ION Satellite Carrier can host a batch of small satellites during launch, transport them to space, and release them into individual, customized orbital slots, while at the same time operating multiple hosted payloads during a single mission. ION Satellite Carrier is a platform that can navigate itself to the correct location to quickly deploy small satellites into precise and independent orbital slots. Other than small satellites, ION Satellite Carrier can host measuring equipment for test purposes.

Marubeni aims to provide various functions necessary to the launch and operation of small satellites. In 2016, Marubeni issued a business partnership with Interstellar Technologies Inc. (hereinafter, “IST”), a Hokkaido-based company that develops sub-orbital and orbital rockets. In 2019 Marubeni concluded a capital partnership with IST. Marubeni is involved in a variety of small satellite launch services for various small satellite operators. In 2020, Marubeni, D-Orbit and IST concluded a letter of intent to study the development of an agile small satellite release system.

Through this representative sales agreement with D-Orbit, Marubeni will offer valuable services to a wide range of satellite operators and make a significant contribution to the advancement of the space industry.

< ION Satellite Carrier Operation Track Record>
・In Sept. 2020, the first ION Satellite Carrier was launched by Vega rocket, and succeeded in deploying 12  Planet Lab earth-imaging satellites precisely into individually designated orbital slots.
・In Jan. 2021, an enhanced version of ION satellite Carrier launched by Falcon9 rocket, and successfully deployed into a polar orbit. 20 small satellites are now in the process of deploying, and 2 hosted payloads are await operation which will commence once the deploying mission is complete.

ION Satellite Carrier ION Satellite Carrier
ION Satellite Carrier operating in space. (image photo) ION Satellite Carrier operating in space. (image photo)
<Company Profile>
Company Name Marubeni Corporation

Marubeni Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries use their broad business networks,
both within Japan and overseas, to conduct importing and exporting (including third country trading),
as well as domestic business, encompassing a diverse range of business activities across
wide-ranging fields including lifestyle, ICT & real estate business, forest products, food, agri business,
chemicals, energy, metals & mineral resources, power business, infrastructure project, aerospace & ship,
finance & leasing business, construction, industrial machinery & mobility, and next generation
business development. Additionally, the Marubeni Group offers a variety of services, makes
internal and external investments, and is involved in resource development throughout all of the above industries.

Incorporated December 1, 1949
President and CEO Masumi Kakinoki
Head Office Tokyo Nihombashi Tower, 7-1, Nihonbashi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-6060, Japan
WEB site https://www.marubeni.com/en/
Company Name D-Orbit SpA
Business D-Orbit is the global market leader in the space logistics and transportation service industries
with a track record of space-proven technologies, successful missions, and customer outcomes.
The company has developed proprietary space logistics technology and transportation solutions
to accelerate the growth and development of a trillion-dollar space economy through an incremental
strategic approach to the space marketplace to deliver successful customer outcomes today while
developing advanced products and services for the needs of tomorrow.
Incorporated March 7, 2011
CEO Luca Rossettini
Head Office Viale Risorgimento 57, 22073 - Fino Mornasco, Como, Italy
WEB site https://www.dorbit.space/

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Apr 14, 2020
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