AstroForge Partners with OrbAstro to Fly Spacecraft Into Deep Space for Asteroid Survey Mission

AstroForge Partners with OrbAstro to Fly Spacecraft Into Deep Space for Asteroid Survey Mission

AstroForge, a California-based asteroid mining company, recently announced that it has signed a contract with Orbital Astronautics (OrbAstro), a satellite and in-orbit service provider, to fly a 100 kg-class spacecraft into deep space for an asteroid survey mission. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch in late 2023 with Intuitive Machines, a leading space exploration, infrastructure, and services company, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The mission serves as both a prospecting activity and a stepping stone towards AstroForge’s ambitions for asteroid mining.

The OrbAstro ORB-50 satellite platform (100 kg) will host an array of AstroForge payloads associated with assessing asteroids. The spacecraft will utilize a Lunar Slingshot and a Dawn Aerospace propulsion system for the 8-month transit to the asteroid, which is in a heliocentric orbit approximately 22 million miles from Earth.

“With a finite supply of precious metals on Earth, we have no other choice but to look to deep space to source cost-effective and sustainable materials,” said Matt Gialich, CEO and co-founder of AstroForge. “As we embark on our journey to preserve our planet’s future, we’re grateful to our technology partners like OrbAstro for helping us to become the most efficient, cost-effective asteroid mining solution in the world.“

Dr. Ash Dove-Jay, CEO and Founder of OrbAstro, said, “Deep space has until now only been within the remit of governments." This is the first fully commercial deep-space mission ever; it is a significant milestone for the space industry. "The calibre, speed, and ambition at AstroForge are inspiring, and it is fantastic to forge ahead on this journey together.”

Having recently moved into an 18,000-square-foot facility in south Oxfordshire, which is currently undergoing refurbishment for satellite batch production, OrbAstro is well-aligned with delivering a fleet of asteroid mining spacecraft over the coming years.

Dove-Jay, “Beyond being a provider of networks of satellites for various use-cases, a central facet of the OrbAstro roadmap is to deploy space assets over the course of this decade that slash down the difficulties associated with deep-space operations required by companies like AstroForge." "The challenge of deep-space communications and simply knowing where you are and what time it is are major cost drivers for deep-space missions that we are working on addressing.”

OrbAstro is a highly vertically integrated space technology company that has aligned its business model with providing and supporting large constellations of satellites. Having built all state-of-the-art subsystems and satellite platforms from the ground up, the company is able to compress costs and lead-times substantially. OrbAstro has more than two dozen commercial and government satellites scheduled for launch over the coming year, many of which are pilot missions for satellite constellations.

Click here to learn more about OrbAstro's ORB-50 satellite platform.

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GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


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