Orbion Secures $20M in Series B Funding to Scale up Production of Plasma Thrusters for Satellite Constellations

Orbion engineers manufacture a Hall-effect thruster in Orbion’s Houghton, Mich. thruster fabrication facility. (Credit: Orbion Space Technology)

Funding led by Inventus Capital Partners will focus on manufacturing and automation to meet increasing demand.

HOUGHTON, Mich., June 24, 2021 — Orbion Space Technology, developer of next-generation smallsat electric propulsion solutions, today announced it has raised $20M in Series B funding in an oversubscribed round led by Inventus Capital Partners, a venture firm focused on developing companies that are defining and dominating high-growth markets. Additional participants in the round include Material Impact, Beringea, and Wakestream Ventures. 

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Orbion Secures $9.2M Series A to Mass-produce Plasma Thrusters for Satellite Constellations

HOUGHTON, Mich., Aug. 30, 2019 (Orbion Space Technology PR) — Orbion Space Technology, developer of next-generation smallsat propulsion systems, today announced it has raised $9.2M in Series A funding led by Material Impact, a venture capital firm focused on translating early stage, innovative materials technologies into products and companies that solve real-world problems. Other participants in the round include Invest Michigan, Invest Detroit, Wakestream Ventures, Ann Arbor SPARK, and Boomerang Catapult.

The financing comes at a crucial moment for Orbion and the space market—just last year, the company announced plans to manufacture and mass-produce the first-ever Hall-effect plasma thrusters for small satellites, dubbed the Orbion Aurora system. Aurora is the highest-performing system of its kind in the world, and will deliver the accelerated access and efficiency gains that New Space operators need to drive greater ROI for smallsat missions. Also in the last year, dozens of companies and government defense agencies announced plans to build and launch thousands of new small satellites—all of which will require plasma thrusters.

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