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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

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
ORBION SPACE TECHNOLOGY, INC. funding round, August 2019
9,849,435
August 2019
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SBA Awards

SBA Award
Agency
Award Type
Amount (USD)
Date Awarded
Orbion Space Technology, Inc. SBIR Phase I Award, August 2019
SBIR
124,822
August 19, 2019
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Jason Sommerville

Lyon King

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Company ⋆ Orbion

Web

Orbion Space Technology ⋆ Propelling the Small Satellite Revolution

Web

Technology ⋆ Orbion

Web

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Orbion Space Technology

Houghton, Michigan, United States

Propulsion System

References

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