Why Refuel

Do More With Your Spacecraft

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It’s Time to Eliminate Single-Use Spacecraft

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Nothing else is limited to one tank of fuel...

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…cars, planes, boats, and even rockets refuel

Satellites Dedicate up to 75% of Mass to Propellant

Propellant is needed for orbit insertion, raising, and maintenance, as well as maneuvering and deorbiting.
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When You Design for Refueling, You Free up Mass Budgets...
Trade fuel mass for payload mass, or decrease launch costs
Satellite icon partially filled with fuel and Orbit Fab fuel shuttle docking to it. Stats read 35-65% GEO, 5-75% LEO
Get More From Your Missions...
Get to orbit faster, do more while there
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And Unlock Novel Business Models
Secure commercially viable and sustainable businesses
  • News headline reading defunct NASA satellite reenters
  • News headline that reads aging Telesat satellite running out of fuel as projected LEO costs soar
  • News headline reading wild solar weather is causing satellites to plummet from orbit. It's only going to get worse.

Refueling Saves Billions in Replacement Costs

  • News headline reading extending the satellite life with gas stations in space?
  • "The €1-billion (US$1.2-billion) mission [ESA Gaia] is set to take data until 2024, when its fuel is expected to run out."
  • News headline reading India's maiden Mars mission Mangalyaan quietly bids adieu: Orbiter runs out of fuel
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And Ensures Sustainable Operations, Minimizing Space Debris

When satellites run out of propellant, they either burn up in the atmosphere or are sent to a graveyard orbit. If they run out unexpectedly and cannot refuel, they become dangerous space debris.

What Could You Do
With More Delta-V?

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Enhance Mobility

  • Reposition assets
  • Negate mission life reduction caused by collision avoidance maneuvers
  • Enable on-demand retaking
  • Correct orbital insertion inaccuracies
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Increase Revenue Potential

  • Extend spacecraft lifetime
  • Trade fuel mass for payload mass
  • Enable faster asset deployment
  • Decrease launch cost
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Enable New Business Models

  • Perform secondary missions
  • Offer unique capability to clients
  • Enable access to novel maneuvers, orbits, spacecraft designs, and constellation architectures

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Our Refueling Services