by Staff Writers
Vienna VA (SPX) Mar 17, 2022
Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR) has announced a new space-as-a-service agreement with NorthStar Earth and Space ("NorthStar"), a comprehensive Earth and Space Information Services Platform, to build a constellation of satellites focused on space-situational awareness (SSA) and debris monitoring. The first award within the contract is for three satellites, with pre-agreed options for NorthStar to scale the constellation to dozens of satellites as their business operational needs grow.
With this dedicated constellation, NorthStar will be able to monitor space from space, delivering timely and precise orbit determination, collision avoidance, navigation services, and proximity warnings for cyber security to the global satellite community. The mission will encompass the development of Spire's first 12U satellites as the company continues to expand the power, volume, and edge-computing capacity available to applications deployed on Spire's space platform.
"This is a landmark contract for the industry, demonstrating the speed, scale, and agility of Spire's space-as-a-service model," said Peter Platzer, CEO, Spire. "We are pleased to work with NorthStar on its mission to tackle the growing problem of space debris by deploying next-gen space situation awareness technology. Leveraging Spire's existing infrastructure and expertise will help NorthStar accelerate the timeline to deploy and scale in space."
Spire's proven production and speed-to-commercial-operations track record will help NorthStar's platform deploy and scale quickly. Once operational, NorthStar will operate the satellites using Spire's integrated support infrastructure, collecting data to precisely track the orbits of resident space objects, and rapidly predict changes.
"Maintaining pace with the exponential increase in space activity demands immediate action from commercial innovators. Spire provides on-board processing, tasking, flexibility, and agility within an attractive service level agreement business model," said Stewart Bain, CEO, NorthStar.
Spire and NorthStar each maintain European headquarters in Luxembourg and have a shared mission of sustainability. Reducing the threat of collision requires pinpoint tracking and prediction capabilities. NorthStar, through Spire's dedicated constellation, will deliver timely and precise Space Traffic Management and Space Domain Awareness services that will elevate traditional SSA to the level of Space Information and Intelligence (Si2). The first three satellites for this dedicated constellation are anticipated to be launched early in 2023.
Scientists think an old rocket just hit the Moon going 5,800 mph
Washington (AFP) March 4, 2022
Add one more crater to the long list of pockmarks on the lunar surface. According to orbital calculations, a rocket hurtling through space for years crashed into the Moon on Friday, but the strike wasn't directly observed, and there might be a wait for photographic evidence. The impact would have taken place at 7:25 am Eastern Time (1225 GMT), on the far side of the Moon, said the astronomer Bill Gray, who was the first to predict the collision. Racing through the cosmos at around 5,800 mph ... read more
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