Orbex offers three types of launch service, depending on which kind of payload you wish to place into orbit.

For Prime Payloads

Our first offer is for monolithic micro and mini satellite payloads of masses 10kg-180kg requiring a standalone satellite release mechanism. The standard Prime payload shroud has a category-leading external diameter of 1300mm, offering enhanced volume and flexibility, and Orbex can also provide an extended shroud for larger payloads.

Orbex offers a range of pyrotechnic-free low shock payload release mechanisms suitable for a variety of payload masses, all sourced from European partners, and can integrate other release mechanism on request.

Depending on customer preference and needs, satellites can be transported as single shroud or stacked / rideshare payloads. Orbex can also offer a third stage option where orbit-raising is required post-deployment.

We offer integration directly at our main factory facility in the UK, or final integration, fuelling and checkout directly at the launch site facility, depending on the specific needs of your satellite. Both facilities offer ISO 8 clean room facilities, adequate desk space for your campaign staff and broadband communications capabilities.

For Cubesat Payloads

The second option is for pico, nano or micro satellites in PocketQube and CubeSat formats, from 1P to 16U.

These satellites should be suitable for launch from deployment mechanisms conforming to the CalPoly CubeSat P-POD standard. We are able to integrate deployment dispensers from all major payload integrators, as well as suitably qualified in-orbit delivery mechanisms.

For cubesats we offer integration directly at our main factory facility in the UK, as well as a host of services the make your life easier, including mission analysis and design, verification, acceptance certification, insurance, logistics and license application support.

For TRL Advancement Payloads

Our third service is for TRL train payloads. These are for self-contained subsystems / instruments / payloads carried on multi-manifest missions targeting the advancement of TRL level. This approach offers the ability to procure orbital flight heritage for a product without having to address the regulatory and programmatic costs of a full satellite mission.

TRL train payloads remain attached to the 2nd stage, and are thus limited in mission duration by nominal battery life and mission re-entry profile.

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