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Apr 08, 2018

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In The Art of War, Sun Tzu famously advised, “When the enemy occupies high ground, do not confront him.” But disruptive startup companies are famously irreverent, and so perhaps it is no surprise that scrappy new space ventures are challenging the Old Guard in orbit by doing the unthinkable: attacking from below. Two cornerstone satellite services — telecommunications and […]

Mar 28, 2018

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Like passengers utilizing public transportation, all satellites on a single launch vehicle are not going to the same destination, yet the bus only has one stop. Once a satellite is placed into orbit, it needs its own propulsion system to travel from the drop-off location to its final orbit destination, counteract drag over the entire […]

Mar 05, 2018

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The miniaturization and commercial proliferation of cheap, high-fidelity electronics—everything from computers to cameras and GPS receivers—are revolutionizing the satellite industry, but a few components remain unique to space operations, including propulsion. Read the full article in Aviation Week (subscription required).

Mar 05, 2018

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HOUGHTON, Michigan (March 2, 2018) — The Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards is a celebration that recognizes local businesses, community projects, and individuals for their efforts in the 2017 calendar year. The event is organized and hosted by the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), MTEC SmartZone and Keweenaw Young Professionals (KYP). […]

Feb 23, 2018

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Orbion Space Technology is developing the Aurora propulsion system to serve the growing small satellite market. Orbion is relying on tried-and-true Hall effect propulsion technology as the basis for its Aurora system. Instead of developing a system based on entirely new technology, Orbion is working to mass produce systems based on proven technology. Forecast International […]

Jan 04, 2018

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Innovation centers can come in all shapes, sizes, and locations. That’s the message from Orbion Space Technology, a recent grand prize winner in this year’s Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. Brad King is CEO of Orbion Space Technology and a professor at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. He joined The Next Idea to talk about nanosatellites and the future […]

Nov 17, 2017

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Orbion Space Technology wins big Nearly $1 million in prize money More than 60 competing businesses Orbion Space Technology won the $500,000 grand prize at the eighth annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. The Houghton-based startup, which develops systems to propel satellites into space to collect data, came out on top at the event attended by […]

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