D-Orbit Expands its Presence in US Satellite Manufacturing Market

D-Orbit Expands its Presence in US Satellite Manufacturing Market

D-Orbit, a company in the space infrastructure, logistics and orbital transportation industry, announced that it has formed D-Orbit USA, a joint venture with Mike Cassidy, Mark Krebs, Miles Gazic, Danny Field, and David Harrower to strengthen their presence in the US satellite bus market. D-Orbit USA is the latest addition to the D-Orbit Group and is focused on satellite bus design, manufacturing, and sales. 

The team is composed of aerospace executives who bring extensive expertise, particularly in rigorous and comprehensive Qualification Test and Acceptance Test programs, honed through their experience at top aerospace organizations like SpaceX, Amazon’s Kuiper, and OneWeb. D-Orbit USA’s foundation is strengthened by D-Orbit’s successful flight heritage, demonstrated by ION’s 13 successful orbital missions, and by a team of over 300 professionals, including highly skilled engineering and quality teams dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of innovation and performance.

The founders of D-Orbit USA have a wealth of space engineering experience. Mark led attitude control, flight dynamics, and vehicle integration teams on both Starlink and Kuiper. Miles developed avionics, flight, and ground software for a wide variety of space programs including the first LEO spacecraft for Amazon Kuiper, SpaceX Starlink, Capella Space, and PlanetIQ. Danny was a lead engineer at OneWeb, Raytheon, and General Atomics, and designed all of the primary and secondary structures for the OneWeb Gen1 spacecraft. David has deep experience in LEO/MEO/GEO satellites and network applications from his work at Terran Orbital, Kymeta Corporation, VT iDirect, and Comtech. Mike was the CEO of Apollo Fusion which built over 77 electric propulsion systems for many of the top US prime aerospace satellite vendors.

“I am super excited about our stellar founding team coupled with our robust flight heritage from D-Orbit’s 13 successful on orbit missions,” noted Mike Cassidy, CEO of D-Orbit USA. “I believe this combination will allow us to respond very quickly to customer schedule needs and to offer very price competitive solutions.” 

D-Orbit chose to create this joint venture in the USA in response to forecasts for the space industry which suggest a significant growth from an estimated $546 billion at the end of 2023 to over $1 trillion by 2030.

Luca Rossettini, CEO of the D-Orbit Group, commented: “The formation of D-Orbit USA marks a significant milestone in our strategic expansion into the US market. By combining the unparalleled expertise of our US-based team with D-Orbit's proven flight heritage, we are poised to deliver innovative, reliable, and cost-effective solutions. This joint venture underscores our commitment to meeting the growing demands of the space industry and reinforces our position as a global leader in space infrastructure and logistics.”

D-Orbit is well positioned to accelerate its growth following its successful first closing of its Series C funding round at the end of 2023, raising about $107 million. That funding round, which was one of the largest ever for a European Space Tech company, follows D-Orbit’s stellar 2023 which saw it deliver triple digit yearly revenue growth since 2021, with tens of millions of dollars in EU institutional contracts, and successfully complete an additional seven missions of its ION orbital transfer vehicle

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Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013