Who We Are

Orbex is a European space launch company focusing exclusively on the needs of small satellite developers and operators.

We launch small, micro and nano satellites into accurate low Earth orbits, regularly, on time and at a competitive fixed price.

Working with the UK Space Agency, we develop and launch our vehicles within Europe, servicing launch customers globally.


Completely New

Orbex is developing a completely new orbital micro-launch vehicle with a range of innovative technologies.

The Orbex launcher exploits a novel, sustainable fuel strategy to create one of the lowest inert mass fractions of any space launch vehicle.

All vehicle subsystems are being developed in-house, including rocket engines, avionics, GNC, software and patent-pending structures technologies.


What We Do

Orbex can accommodate a range of payload capacities between 100kg-220kg, to altitudes of between 200km-1250km, inserted into SSO or polar orbits.

We are able to insert single satellites or multi-manifest several smaller payloads on each flight, depending on customer need.

In addition to orbital launches, our services include logistics, regulatory, licensing and insurance support.


Private Launch

Orbex is backed by one of Europe’s largest VC funds, as well as private investors, the UK Space Agency and the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme.

Our staff have backgrounds with NASA, ESA and other commercial space organizations. Equipment developed by our team members has flown on 50 space missions.

Orbex is headquartered in the UK and operates subsidiaries in Denmark and Germany. Our facilities include a 1200m2 production facility and a private rocket engine test site.


Our latest news articles

11th July 2017
Orbex wins Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Grant for Space Launch Vehicle Tanks

Orbex, the UK-based developer of launch vehicles and services for small satellites, has won a presti …

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21st June 2017
Orbex reveals 1200m2 space rocket factory

Welcoming the UK’s focus on low-cost, reliable commercial spaceflight activities in today’s Queens’s …

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13th June 2017
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in Orbex orbital space launch vehicle

High-Tech Gründerfonds makes first space sector investment European space launch company raises capi …

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Our Offices

Orbital Express Launch Ltd
39-41 North Road
London N7 9DP
United Kingdom

Orbital Express Launch ApS
Kanalholmen 17
2650 Hvidovre


We Are Recruiting

Orbex is currently recruiting engineering staff to assist in designing propulsion (turbo-pump) and composite structures systems in the UK and Denmark. Please click on the links above for more information about each role.

Although there are some formal and technical requirements, including the fact that you must be an EU citizen to apply for certain roles, we are mainly looking for people who can demonstrate they get things done with a pragmatic attitude.

For the right candidate we offer significant responsibility on some critical aspects of the launch system, as well as a benefits package that includes the opportunity to earn an equity stake in the company as our relationship develops.

Please contact recruitment@orbex.space for more information about current roles.

We also have openings for two paid summer interns to work on main engine programmes and spacecraft structures in 2018. Please see this document for full details:- Orbex Role – Summer Intern 2018.