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Orbion Space Technology

Orbion Space Technology

Orbion develops and manufactures plasma propulsion systems for small satellites.

Orbion Space Technology is a company that looks to provide small satellites with electric propulsion technologies. The company was founded by Jason Sommerville and Lyon King, in 2017, in Houghton, Michigan, United States.

The company looks to introduce propulsion and space-based technologies for geostationary Earth orbits, deep space, low-Earth orbit, the surface of Mars on asteroids and comets. The company looks to offer their own Hall-Effect Thruster (HET) technologies which utilize electric propulsion. The company provides their Orbion Aurora propulsion system to private small-satellite owners and operators.

Orbion Space Technology's HET uses a type of ion, or plasma in order to accelerate the propellant through an electric field. The ions are held within a magnetic field until the electrons ionize the propellant. With Aurora they utilize Xenon or Krypton gas in order to create ionized plasma. This electrostatic force accelerates the ions to exhaust velocities of 20,000 meters per second.

Timeline

August 2019
Orbion Space Technology raises a $9,849,435 series A round from Ann Arbor SPARK, Boomerang Catapult, Invest Detroit, Invest Michigan, Material Impact and Wakestream Ventures.
2016
Orbion Space Technology was founded.

Funding rounds

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Jason Sommerville

Lyon King

Further reading

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Author
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Orbion Space Technology ⋆ Propelling the Small Satellite Revolution

Web

Technology ⋆ Orbion

Web

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Orbion Space Technology

Houghton, Michigan, United States

Propulsion System

News

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FinSMEs
June 24, 2021
FinSMEs
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Aria Alamalhodaei
June 24, 2021
TechCrunch
Electric propulsion developer Orbion Space Technology has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round, which it says it will use to scale production capacity of its Aurora propulsion system. The Michigan-based startup manufactures Hall effect plasma thrusters for use in small and cube satellites. Thrusters are used throughout the lifespan of a satellite [...]

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