The Founder and His Shirt

As customary with any space endeavor, a mission patch is created. Although we have not embarked on a space-faring mission yet I felt it was appropriate to mark the beginning of Hyperion Orbital.

The thought alone to create a company and open source project around the emerging and rapidly developing industry of small satellites is almost unfathomable in its own right and thus deserves credit.

I have created a Hyperion Orbital logo T-shirt as a mark of the beginning and to symbolize what is to come.

The Hyperion Orbital moon-o-chrome logo shirt is a mildly amusing play on words as the logo is monochrome and aspirations of returning to the moon bring excitement to many around the world.

As you can see I am absolutely over the moon about the logo shirt and the ultra soft tri-blend fabric. Try one on for yourself here.

Obviously, there is a small profit margin built into each shirt and every dollar counts when you are developing spacecraft on a budget. If you are interested in supporting Hyperion Orbital and like our open source content than purchasing a shirt can be a way to help in an outrageously stylish way.

I just wanted to write a quick post to shamelessly plug this shirt. If you are not interested in the shirt you won’t hurt my feelings.


Open Source Project

Hyperion Orbital will soon become an open source project. It has been my dream for many years to reach for the stars because the sky is not the limit.

From childhood and later as an aerospace technician I was always captivated by space and a propensity to explore. I began building satellites several years ago after learning about the pico class of small satellites. Even with experience in the aerospace industry one can not embarke on such a journy alone.

I have decided to start an open source project for a number of reasons. I feel that when a number of brilliant people from all backgrounds come together to achieve a common goal the extraordinary dreams of science fiction can become commonplace.

Together we will share ideas and technology in a common space. Make difficult to source hardware more available and write the future of small satellite space flight.

Stay connected with Hyperion Orbital on social media through the links at the bottom of the page to get the latest updates on our open source projects. Also, take a look at our resources for developers.

I look forward to calaborating with you in the future,


ULTEM In Space

Aluminum is the preferred material for most small satellite components. It is also expensive to machine a billet of aluminum into the desired part. Because of this Hyperion Orbital is considering composite materials for its satellite frames and deployment pod structures.

ULTEM is an amorphous polyetherimied thermo plastic with high thermal and impact resistance. Compared to other PEEK or PEI materials ULTEM is less expensive and widely available in several forms.

ULTEM 9085 is an alloy that is already proven in space applications and data shows that ULTEM has a linear expansion not too dissimilar to aluminum. Glass reinforced ULTEM 9085 yields even greater dimensional stability.

ULTEM is also a common 3D printing material. Using 3D printing for the manufacture of satellite components will allow for a more seamless design. Additionally, 3D printing structures will allow for fewer fasteners and joints making for a more reliable assembly.

As we continue to experiment with ULTEM and further develop our designs simplicity will be a key element to achieve our goal. Stay connected for more updates.

Shooting for the Stars: Embarking on the Journey

Hyperion Orbital, established in 2017 is a company that dares to push the limits of innovation with proven, reliable, and durable technologies integrated into small orbital platforms for the 21st century and beyond.

That was the fancy pitch loaded with superlatives but I want to go a little deeper than that. I want to tell you why I started Hyperion Orbital and where I would like to take it.

I am deeply passionate about space and learning more about our place within it. I am certain that small satellites and affordable launch vehicles will have a significant impact on the way we explore the cosmos and make discoveries in space which will ultimately improve life here on Earth.

With that said I wanted to take part in the current evolution of orbital vehicles. There are several areas of improvement in regards to operating pico satellites on orbit.

Areas of Improvement:

  1. Although the cost to build and launch pico satellites (CubeSat or PocketQube) is substantially less than larger conventional satellites it is still too high relative to the size and mission duration of most pico satellites.

  2. There are still limited deployment and launch options for pico satellites and PocketQubes in particular. Deployment utilities should be affordable, reliable, and abundant for us on a variety of launch vehicles.

  3. These satellite and deployment systems are still out of reach for small organizations that do not have the budget of governments or universities. Our systems will not only be available to commercial and university customers but the general public as well. We believe that space should be accessible not only by governments, universities, and large companies but private citizens as well.

What is in work now and for the future:

Currently the first in a line of pico and PocketQube (PQ) satellite frames for operation in low earth orbit (LEO) is nearly complete. The next step is to begin environmental verifications.

Alongside frame development, Hyperion Orbital intends to bring a corresponding line of affordable/high-efficiency solar panels and solar arrays to market. Other spacecraft subsystems will be developed in succession.

We have also begun development of a Modular PQ Deployment system or (MDS). The (MDS) has standardized mounting locations and several adapters for integration into a variety of launch vehicles. The (MDS) will also seamlessly integrate with preexisting flight proven electrical systems.

For additional details on the hardware that is currently in development please visit our in development page.

There are still several hurdles to overcome before these products are fully proven flight articles but I hope this short post has given a glimpse into the intentions of the Hyperion Orbital operation.

As Always feel free to contact us with any questions.