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Zenno Astronautics Forms Partnership with D-Orbit

By Mark Holmes | September 26, 2023

      Zenno CEO Max Arshavsky. Photo: Zenno

      Zenno Astronautics (Zenno) and D-Orbit are partnering as they look to develop new space products and services. The two companies announced the partnership Sept. 26. Zenno is a developer of superconducting electromagnets for space applications, and D-Orbit specializes in space logistics. Zenno is headquartered in New Zealand and one of a growing number of space companies from there.

      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. 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.

      “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,” Max Arshavsky, Zenno co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.