Space Machines Company partners with Orbit Fab to validate and demonstrate in-orbit servicing technologies

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Orbit Fab and Australia’s Space Machines Company collaborate to validate and demonstrate key technologies for in-orbit servicing.

  • SMC is the first non-U.S. customer to use Orbit Fab’s fiducial alignment markers.
  • Orbit Fab has bundled its fiducial marker system with the company’s refueling port known as RAFTI.
  • Orbit Fab has three launches set for 2025 to deliver fuel for U.S. government customers.
  • Orbit Fab plans to supply the U.S. Space Force Tetra-5 spacecraft with hydrazine.
  • Orbit Fab and Australia’s Space Machines Company cooperate on in-orbit servicing

    WASHINGTON – Australian in-space servicing startup Space Machines Company announced plans Dec. 5 to work with U.S. on-orbit refueling startup Orbit Fab to validate and demonstrate key technologies. SMC is the first non-U.S. customer to use Orbit Fab’s fiducial alignment markers. The markers are painted on SMC’s Optimus Orbital Servicing Vehicle, which is set to launch in early 2024 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare flight.

    Collaboration and Validation of Groundbreaking Technologies

    SMC’s work with Orbit Fab “will serve as a pioneering example of in-space validation of these groundbreaking technologies,” Rajat Kulshrestha, SMC co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.

    Orbit Fab’s Fuel Supply Missions

    Orbit Fab has three launches set for 2025 to deliver fuel for U.S. government customers. In one of the demonstration missions, Orbit Fab plans to supply the U.S. Space Force Tetra-5 spacecraft with hydrazine.

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