A huge success for the D-Orbit team as it launched its latest Satellite Carrier (ION SCV-9) on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket yesterday, January 31st, 2023, at 8:15 a.m. PT (16:15 UTC), from the Space Launch Complex at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. This mission was the second launch for D-Orbit this year alone and the first in a mid-inclination orbit. SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket launched 49 Starlink satellites and D-Orbit's Electric Elena to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
This is the first time D-Orbit has flown from Vandenberg. Customers include Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBAD), HPS High-Performance Space Structure Systems GmbH, the EPFL Spacecraft Team, and StardustMe.
Read the full press release here.
"A new year has just started, and we have already launched two new missions and three IONs", said Renato Panesi, PhD, D-Orbit's co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer. "I'm looking forward to facing the challenges and celebrating the victories that 2023 will bring, as we steadily move along our roadmap, and I am proud to be part of the truly remarkable team that is making the evolution of space logistics possible".