D-Orbit and Marubeni Corp Announce Commercial Partnership

The aerospace division of the Japanese trading company will promote and sell D-Orbit’s products and services in Japan and other geographic areas strategic for the space logistics company’s market expansion.

FINO MORNASCO, Italy — D-Orbit S.p.A, a space logistics company headquartered in Italy, and Marubeni, a Japanese diversified trading conglomerate, signed a commercial partnership that will enable D-Orbit to expand its sales network worldwide.

According to the agreement, Marubeni will promote and sell the entire catalog of D-Orbit’s solutions in Japan and other strategic markets where the space company aims to broaden its reach.

“We are honored to join forces with Marubeni, one of the major general trading companies of Japan,” said Renato Panesi, D-Orbit CCO. “Their widespread business network and overall capabilities make them an ideal partner to enter new markets.”

D-Orbit’s flagship service is InOrbit NOW, a launch and deployment solution that leverages ION Satellite Carrier, a cargo spacecraft designed, manufactured, and operated by the company. ION can host a batch of satellites during launch, transport them to space, and release them into individual, customized orbital slots, while at the same time operating multiple hosted payloads during a single mission. The agreement with Marubeni Corporation is a major deal that will enable D-Orbit to broaden its commercial presence and offer InOrbit NOW and all its other product and services through the extensive and wide-reaching network of the global trading corporation.

“Through this strong partnership with D-Orbit, we are confident that our team can offer valuable services to a wide range of satellite operators”, commented Michimoto Asano, General Manager, Aviation, Space & Defense Department, Marubeni Corporation. “This partnership will make a significant contribution to the advancement of the space industry.”

About D-Orbit

D-Orbit is the global market leader in the space logistics and transportation service industries with a track record of space-proven technologies, successful missions, and customer outcomes. The company has developed proprietary space logistics technology and transportation solutions to accelerate the growth and development of a trillion-dollar space economy through an incremental strategic approach to the space marketplace to deliver successful customer outcomes today while developing advanced products and services for the needs of tomorrow.

D-Orbit was founded in 2011. With a manifest of future missions fully booked by new and returning customers, the company has already successfully flown 44 payloads. D-Orbit is the first company addressing the logistics needs of the space market. Its forward-thinking view has enabled it to consistently create solutions for its customers that save them money and time, like ION Satellite Carrier, a vehicle that can transport satellites in orbit and release them individually into distinct orbital slots, and a proprietary cloud-based mission control software suite designed to control entire satellite constellations.

As it looks to the future, D-Orbit is already developing and testing new technologies to extend the life of satellites in orbit, perform active debris removal, enable interplanetary space logistics, and more. D-Orbit’s is creating an infrastructure that will broaden humankind’s opportunities to operate in space and colonize the solar system.

About Marubeni

Marubeni Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries use their broad business networks, both within Japan and overseas, to conduct importing and exporting (including third country trading), as well as domestic business, encompassing a diverse range of business activities across wide-ranging fields including lifestyle, ICT & real estate business, forest products, food, agri business, chemicals, energy, metals & mineral resources, power business, infrastructure project, aerospace & ship, finance & leasing business, construction, industrial machinery & mobility, and next generation business development. Additionally, the Marubeni Group offers a variety of services, makes internal and external investments, and is involved in resource development throughout all of the above industries.