Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab is a space industry startup developing in-space refueling services founded by Daniel Faber.

Orbit Fab is a space industry startup developing methods to refuel orbital satellites. Co-founded in 2018 by Daniel Faber and Jeremy Schiel, the company's vision is to extend the life of satellites by offering in-space refueling services. The company became the first startup to resupply the International Space Station with water in June 2018. Resupplying the ISS was a milestone achievement in the company's development process.

The tests on the ISS used water, but the same technology can support a wide range of other propellants, including hydrazine, a common propellant for spacecraft thrusters, as well as “green” alternatives.

Orbit Fab developed a new interface for spacecraft refueling called the Rapidly Attachable Fuel Transfer Interface, or RAFTI. It is intended to replace existing fill-and-drain valves on satellite fueling systems, allowing them to be fueled on the ground before launch as well as refueled in space. The first RAFTI system was delivered in 2019.

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October 2019

Orbit Fab raises a $3,000,000 seed round from Type 1 Ventures and Techstars.

June 2019

Orbit Fab becomes first startup to supply water to ISS

January 2, 2018

Orbit Fab was founded by Daniel Faber and Jeremy Schiel.

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Daniel Faber

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Jeremy Schiel

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Jonathan A. Goff

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Kasey Yang

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Darrell Etherington
October 3, 2019
TechCrunch
Orbit Fab, one of the companies competing in this year's TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield in San Francisco this week, has closed a seed round of $3 million. The funding comes from Type 1 Ventures, TechStars and others, and will help Orbit Fab continue to build on the great momentum it has already bootstrapped with its space-based [...]
Darrell Etherington
June 18, 2019
TechCrunch
Not even two years into its existence, orbital fuel supply startup Orbit Fab has chalked up a big win -- successfully supplying the International Space Station with water, a first for any private company. It's a big deal, because providing water to the ISS involved a multi-day refueling process, done in microgravity, using processes and [...]

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