NorthStar building world's first satellite constellation to combat imminent threat of space collisions
by Staff Writers
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 28, 2020
NorthStar Earth and Space (NorthStar), a Canadian company with a first-in-space mission to deliver safe and sustainable operations for the rapidly accelerating New Space Economy, has contracted Thales Alenia Space (TAS) to build the first three satellites of its debut "Skylark" constellation for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services, with Seattle, WA's LeoStella overseeing the final assembly.
With commercial space en route to a forecast $2.7 trillion industry, new satellites and planned mega-constellations are launching into an environment dangerously congested with traffic and space debris. NorthStar's Skylark constellation services are designed to revolutionize the safety of spaceflight.
NorthStar is the first commercial service to monitor space, from space, via a constellation of satellites with dedicated optical sensors. With a secure data-driven 3D catalogue of the entire space environment powered by advanced SSA analytics, NorthStar will deliver timely and precise Space Traffic Data, Collision Avoidance and Navigation Services to the global satellite community.
"The New Space Economy depends on the safety and sustainability of space. NorthStar, the first commercial SSA system based in space, will deliver essential information to space operators, enabling safe navigation and supporting global space traffic management. We are here to make space safe for doing business, now and into the future," said Stewart Bain, CEO and co-founder, NorthStar Earth and Space
"The Space Alliance is proud to contribute to NorthStar success. Thales Alenia Space will bring its world class expertise in optical instruments associated to Leostella multimission platforms to support this important mission. Skylark materializes a first step in providing evergreen information to the satellite operators," said Herve Derrey, CEO, Thales Alenia Space
Trouble in Orbit - 2021
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2020
We are all aware of the growing amount of junk floating around Earth in low orbits. Ultimately, the mass and distribution of junk and active satellites will exceed the capacity of space to safely contain the debris generated by the addition of more than 40,000 new satellites planned for deployment in the next few years. When we have reached this limit our ability to travel in space will be greatly diminished. When will this happen? No one knows the answer, but It could be soon. As the space capaci ... read more
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