Space Machines prepares for first flight with US refuelling collaboration

Brandon How

Sydney-based Space Machines Company has begun a long-term collaboration to complement its in-space servicing capabilities with US-based Orbit Fab’s refuelling capability as it finalises preparations ahead of the launch of its first satellite.

Space Machines Company’s (SMC’s) Optimus satellite – designed to provide support for in-space logistics, servicing and refuelling operations – will launch onboard the SpaceX Transporter-10 mission scheduled for March 1.

It will feature Orbit Fab’s ‘fiduciary alignment markers’ which act like QR codes, enabling other space vehicles to safely approach one another without colliding.

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