Ibadan, 27 September 2023 – Zenno Astronautics (Zenno), a developer of superconducting electromagnets for space applications, and D-Orbit, a company in the space logistics industry, have formed a special commercial partnership to collaborate on the development of new space products and services. The initial project will see Zenno and D-Orbit combine their respective technologies and fields of expertise to develop two new uses for superconducting electromagnets in space applications. Furthermore, the partners will create practical solutions for the first fuel-free desaturation of reaction wheels in high-altitude orbits and radiation shielding of hardware using superconducting electromagnets.
Zenno co-founder and CEO Max Arshavsky stated, “Zenno and D-Orbit commit to shaping the future of space technology with new superconducting solutions that will empower in-space operations. We are creating a platform to enable superconducting magnets for various reliable, scalable, and fully electric space applications – from in-orbit satellite maneuverability to radiation shielding – for close proximity operations and farther afield. Working with D-Orbit, we can significantly accelerate the availability of new fuel-free space technologies for the space industry, opening new possibilities for satellite and spacecraft design and mission length.”
In addition, D-Orbit founder and CEO Luca Rossettini stated, “At the heart of the space industry lies a relentless pursuit of innovation, and we are proud to join hands with Zenno in the in-orbit validation of their groundbreaking technology aboard our ION Satellite Carrier. This milestone marks a significant stride in the transformation of satellite operations, and this collaboration underscores our dedication to shaping the future of space technology and further accelerating the progress toward more affordable, high-performance spacecraft. We foresee several applications of their superconducting electromagnets, especially the radiation shielding technology.”