This strategic partnership comes at a time when both companies are finding commercial and non-commercial success. In 2022, for example, LeoLabs received a contract to help support the development of a US, civil-led STM prototype from the US Department of Commerce, and ClearSpace received a Phase B demo contract from the UK Space Agency to demonstrate its active debris removal technology.
The partnership announced signals a desire to build on this mutual success and previous collaborative efforts, such as the joint LEO Kinetic Space Safety Workshop hosted in May 2022. The MOU also serves as a formal declaration of LeoLabs' and ClearSpace's intent to work together on several new initiatives. These initiatives include thought leadership opportunities that promote space safety and responsible stewardship of the space environment, as well as business opportunities that promote their services and programs. In addition, they have agreed to exchange advisory board appointments, with LeoLabs' Dr. Darren McKnight joining ClearSpace's Advisory Board and Dr. Timothy Maclay from ClearSpace becoming a member of LeoLabs' Commercial Strategic Advisory Board.
"As the traffic in low Earth orbit grows, innovative, scalable solutions are needed, including active debris removal technologies and in-orbit servicing," said LeoLabs CEO Dan Ceperley. "ClearSpace is an industry leader in both, and we're proud to kick off partnering with them to build a safer, more sustainable future in space."
"With the acceleration of commercial space activity, the industry is developing approaches to create a more circular space ecosystem," said ClearSpace CEO and Co-founder Luc Piguet. "LeoLabs is providing data and services that are critical to operational safety, and we are excited to be working with them to address comprehensively the complex challenges of space safety and sustainability."
This strategic partnership between LeoLabs and ClearSpace - two dynamic, innovative players in the industry - is a milestone in the development of effective, multi-faceted strategies to address the growing debris problem in space and mitigate the risks posed to operational spacecraft.
|Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters|
Humans need Earth-like ecosystem for deep-space living
NASA awards innovative concept studies for science, exploration
New book explores possibilities of colonizing planets, moons and beyond
Axiom Space's upcoming ISS mission part of increasing commercialization of space
Musk's Twitter marks BBC, NPR as 'government funded' but not Tesla or SpaceX
Purdue offering new online Hypersonics Graduate Certificate
NASA's TEMPO spacecraft hitched a ride with Intelsat's 40e satellite on a SpaceX rocket
Privately built, liquid-fuel rocket first in world to reach orbit in debut flight
Scoping out the next sampling stop for Perseverance
New interactive mosaic uses NASA imagery to show Mars in vivid detail
Ready for Software Upgrade Sols 3786-3788
MOXIE Celebrates 2 Years on Mars: Discoveries and Work Left To Do
China's inland space launch site advances commercial services
China's Shenzhou XV astronauts complete 3rd spacewalk
China's Shenzhou-15 astronauts to return in June
China's space technology institute sees launches of 400 spacecraft
Inside the "space factory"|
Slingshot Aerospace expands network to optically track LEO satellites
Deloitte announces formal space practice for rapidly growing space industry
Rocket Lab to launch NASA's cyclone-tracking satellite constellation from New Zealand
SatixFy and Presto Engineering test rad-hard space-grade ASICs
Satixfy tests new antenna with OneWeb and Air Force Research Lab
Viasat real-time Earth antennas integrated on Microsoft Azure Orbital
LeoLabs and ClearSpace partner to advance a safer, more sustainable space environment
Do Earth-like exoplanets have magnetic fields
New paper investigates exoplanet climates
JWST confirms giant planet atmospheres vary widely
Planet hunting and the origins of life
Europe's Jupiter probe launched
Spotlight on Ganymede, Juice's primary target
Search for alien life extends to Jupiter's icy moons
Europe's JUICE mission to launch for Jupiter's icy moons
|Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters|