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Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab is a space industry startup developing in-space refueling services founded in 2018 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.

Timeline

October 3, 2019
Orbit Fab raises a $3,000,000 seed round from Type 1 Ventures.
October 2019
Orbit Fab raises a $3,000,000 seed round from Techstars and Type 1 Ventures.
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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Alan Boyle
May 18, 2021
news.yahoo.com
Starfish Space, a startup founded by veterans of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture, is teaming up with Vermont-based Benchmark Space Systems...
Aria Alamalhodaei
May 18, 2021
TechCrunch
Humans may not have totally mastered getting objects to space, but we've done a pretty good job so far. The hundreds of satellites that orbit the Earth are proof enough that 'send stuff to space' is firmly in humanity's capacity. But what about refueling, repairing, or even adding capabilities to spacecraft or satellites once they're [...]
Devin Coldewey
December 18, 2020
TechCrunch
The idea of satellites and other spacecraft being able to refuel, repair, or even add new capabilities while in orbit has generally seemed like a "nice in theory" one, but as leaders from Maxar, Astroscale, and Orbit Fab explained at TC Sessions: Space, 2021 will be the year that theory becomes reality -- or at [...]
Darrell Etherington
December 17, 2020
TechCrunch
On-orbit servicing startup Orbit Fab, which bills itself as the company focused on creating 'gas stations in space,' has added an additional investor to its seed funding round. The add-on investment comes from Munich Re Ventures (the corporate VC arm of Munich Re Group, one of the largest insurance companies in the world). Munich Re [...]
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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