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SpaceWERX Direct to Phase II SBIR Contract

Arkisys has been awarded a $1.6M contract from the US Space Force to demonstrate in-orbit assembly and reconfiguration of spacecraft. To achieve this, Arkisys has worked with its partners to build a testbed for testing of robotic assembly and RPO.

Robotic Reconfiguration Demo

On December 5th, 2023, Arkisys Demonstrated to the US Space Force the first major milestone on our 15 month Phase II SBIR contract. The ability to manipulate and reconfigure spacecraft on-orbit to upgrade their capabilities after the fact is something of great tactical interest to the US Space Force. As a dual use technology, this capability is extremely valuable to the commercial space industry to enable plug-and-play technologies and rapid on-orbit R&D. 

This technology, being developed by Arkisys, will enable the manufacturing of custom spacecraft on-demand in orbit in a matter of days, if not hours, using components stored in our orbital depot. By demonstrating this using our ground robotics testbed, Arkisys is bringing this concept one step closer to reality.

Arkisys has demonstrated the first steps to realizing this in orbit, with more updates coming this spring. Stay tuned!

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Conferences and Events Attended




Feb 14-16, Singapore

Arkisys attended the Global Space & Technology Convention, hosted by the Singapore Office for Space Technology & Industry. 

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November 7-8, Baltimore, Maryland

Arkisys was hand picked to be one of the dozen companies to present at the inaugural meeting of NASA's COSMIC: the Consortium for Space Mobility and ISAM Capabilities



August 5-10, Logan, Utah

At SmallSat 2023, Arkisys Chief Systems Engineer Dr. Rahul Rughani presented updates from the company, and opened the doors to our services to the SmallSat community and OTV providers. An overwhelmingly positive response was received from the industry.

Space Tech Expo Long Beach


May 3-4, Long Beach, California

Arkisys met with critical suppliers at the annual convention of space component suppliers in Long Beach



October 10-12, Washington, D.C.

As a member of the CONFERS group, Arkisys participated in the annual meeting of members of government officials, paving the way for a thriving space services industry. Arkisys CEO Dave Barnhart moderated the session on RPO transparency, advocating for increased safety for OOS and ISAM

Space Tech Expo Bremen


November 14-16, Bremen, Germany

Arkisys CEO Dave Barnhart chaired a panel on the future of in-space servicing. At STE Bremen, Arkisys met with industry leaders and startups alike, inking deals for future hosted payload services on the Arkisys platform, and securing options for future launch opportunities!

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Upcoming Events

Arkisys will be attending the following events in 2024, please reach out to us to schedule a meeting! We will be presenting in the startup competition for Satellite 2024 in March

- SpaceCom Expo: Jan 30 - Feb 1 Orlando, Florida

- Satellite 2024 Expo: March 19 - 21 Washington, D.C.

- More to come!

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