Firstly, I'll say this IS an exciting opportunity for a talented designer.
This is a REAL company, funded and moving into a newly built facility. Furthermore, it's in an exciting industry ("Newspace") and will have high visibility among leading technology companies in the "space industry." Companies like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, NASA would be customers. (and yes, I will proudly let people know the talented designer who did the logo work). The company requesting the logo is called "Orbital Environments" and as the name suggests, the company tests equipment (aerospace and space industry) and space suits in large vacuum chambers (to simulate the harsh environment of space). In addition to testing in vacuum chambers to simulate high altitude, the company is expected to also test other environmental conditions (i.e. shock and vibration, thermal, etc). Here's a short video I made which will give you an idea https://vimeo.com/153637119
The orbitalenvironments.com website is not yet up.
However, as an FYI, and as a reference, the Orbital Environments company has an existing "sister" company called Orbital Outfitters (http://www.orbitaloutfitters.com) that makes suits for space and high altitude. I'll now refer to them as OE and OO in the interest of simplicity.
The OE logo (which I'm asking you to design) could be similar in some manner to the existing OO logo. Though it doesn't necessarily need to be, if that constraint results in a poor OE logo. I'd like you to have the freedom of a "clean slate," however, please know they are sister companies - so ideally there should be commonality. The point is, please give consideration to the existing OO logo... and perhaps that can be the inspiration/foundation/influence for the new OE logo. Then again, I understand that may be too limiting, so do NOT be limited to that suggestion if something else inspires you. My own thinking is that the existing OO logo may limit the OE logo, and I don't want you limited by what came before. Having said that... given a hypothetical situation where there were two entirely different designs yet equally excellent - and one of them was relatable to the existing OO logo... that would be an advantage.
As for logo preferences, please think: simple, clean, elegant, modern, understated, recognizable, yet meaningful. The company is located in the United States, and should reflect current corporate design sensibilties. A single color (or perhaps a couple) is preferred. As some examples... the Apple logo, Nike logo, FedEx (the arrow is a cool touch), Amazon (the curved line reaching from A to Z and also representing a smile and/or direction of travel), Intel, IBM, 3M. You could also check out the "Newspace" companies mentioned above and aerospace companies (Boeing, etc).
The OE logo might involve the O and E letters in a graphical and meaningful manner. Here's a clever logo of what I mean. http://www.cleandesign.com
The logo should reflect: corporate, technology/engineering, professionalism.