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Ballasalla, Isle of Man and Milan, Italy, 18th August 2016 – D-Orbit, the Italian company active in the space industry, is the latest company to join the Space Data Association (SDA).

The SDA is an international non-profit association of satellite operators that supports the controlled, reliable and efficient sharing of space environment and RF spectrum data. It offers its members direct and technical support for operations, as well as an operational data exchange to help ensure the safety of operations. Its membership is comprised of many of the world’s major satellite communications companies.

D-Orbit is redefining how satellites and other space vehicles are transported, commissioned, serviced, and decommissioned. It develops state-of-the-art technology to be integrated on satellites and launches stages to streamline the initial and final phase of a space mission. D-Orbit will contribute additional expertise on debris mitigation.

“The SDA is a crucial resource for sharing data and best practices across the industry to ensure a better space environment,” commented Luca Rossettini, D-Orbit CEO. “We are pleased to be joining the SDA to favour knowledge of effective debris mitigation solutions and innovative operational approaches that should benefit the entire market.”

Mark Rawlins, Chairman, the Space Data Association, said: “We are pleased to welcome D-Orbit as the latest member of the SDA. To make data provision all the more accurate, it is extremely valuable to have as much participation as possible, and from a wide cross-section of the industry. I have no doubt that D-Orbit will be a great asset to our organisation.”

Members of the SDA receive reliable and immediate access to information that improves operations for conjunction assessment, RF interference, and geolocation support.

For further information about the SDA or to join, please visit http://www.space-data.org.