D-Orbit awarded with the "HUB Research and Innovation" call from Lombardia Region


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Fino Mornasco (CO), October 17, 2019: D-Orbit SPA., an Italian company operating in the orbital transportation sector, has been awarded the "HUB Research and Innovation" Call issued by Lombardia Region, as prime contractor of the "NOCTUA Landscape Monitoring. For everyone. From space" project. The €10 million project, nominated in the "Connectivity and Information" category, will develop a land monitoring service available to all citizens.

Fabrizio Sala, Vice-President of Lombardia Region, announced the 33 winners in a video message posted on Monday, October 7th ( The call, with a total budget of €114 million, will fund strategic industrial research and experimental development projects to enhance the competitive and attractive capacity of the territory.

D-Orbit will lead a consortium of six members that includes Beta 80 S.p.A. Software e Sistemi, Fondazione EUCENTRE, Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori, RadarSensing/MetaSensing, TRE Altamira s.r.l., with the collaboration of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano and the support of Lombardia Aerospace Cluster and Fondazione Cluster Tecnologie per le Smart Cities & Communities – Lombardia.

The project will develop an end-to-end service for territorial monitoring that will collect data from a specifically designed innovative satellite, analyze, reprocess, and distribute it to the whole community, from institutions to private citizens. It will enable the effective monitoring of infrastructures and natural resources enabling their appropriate maintenance and preservation, the prevention and timely intervention in the event of natural disasters, and the support of economic activities and collaboration between citizens and local communities.

“We are excited to be involved in a project that is so ambitious and consequential,” said Lorenzo Ferrario, D-Orbit CTO. “This is a great opportunity for us, our partners, and the Lombardia Region as a whole, to put in place key services that will monitor critical infrastructure such as bridges and highways from space in order to prevent failures. We will be using our very versatile ION platform to put the satellite payload exactly where it needs to be in orbit for maximum effectiveness.”

The project will also provide a modular and exportable commercial framework to export skills and knowledge developed entirely in the Lombardia Region, contributing to the sustainable development and safety of other regions.

The projects will have a 30-month duration from the signature date.

For more info on the "HUB Research and Innovation" call


D-Orbit is a New Space company with solutions covering the entire lifecycle of a space mission, including mission analysis and design, engineering, manufacturing, integration, testing, launch, and end-of-life decommissioning.

The company’s competitive advantage is the versatility of its launch and deployment services that can be tailored to the customer’s needs, from the launch procurement of a single spacecraft using standard deployment strategies to the precise deployment of a full constellation with ION Satellite Carrier, a CubeSat dispenser developed and operated by D-Orbit.

Committed to pursuing business models that are profitable, friendly for the environment, and socially beneficial, D-Orbit is the first certified B-Corp space company in the world.

Headquartered in Como, Italy, D-Orbit has subsidiaries in Lisbon, Portugal, Harwell, UK, and Washington DC, USA.



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pubblicato il 17/10/2019


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