Launchspace Technologies Declared Debris Mitigation and Collection Constellations

Launchspace Technologies Declared Debris Mitigation and Collection Constellations

The company aims to sell subscriptions to the data it obtains with its initial constellation to customers interested in space traffic management, space domain awareness, as well as orbital debris mitigation.

Fremont, CA: Launchspace Technologies keeps on refining its concept for establishing one constellation of satellites in order to track objects in orbit and another one to collect debris over the equator.

Since the company revealed plans in 2017 to send Debris Collection Units into equatorial orbits, Launchspace Technologies has completed a study financed by the U.S. Air Force, signed a NASA Space Act Agreement, and received support from Airbus for its plan to test the technology on the International Space Station’s Bartolomeo platform.

John Bauman, Launchspace Technologies CEO, remarked that for Launchspace Technologies, the first task is to develop a constellation of satellites outfitted with sensors into equatorial low-Earth orbit in order to keep track of other satellites in low-Earth and geostationary orbit besides monitoring orbital debris and other threats.

The company aims to sell subscriptions to the data it obtains with its initial constellation to customers interested in space traffic management, space domain awareness, as well as orbital debris mitigation.

Launchspace Technologies also thinks about establishing a second constellation of satellites operating between 600 and 1,200 kilometers to accumulate pieces of orbital debris large enough to damage satellites but so small that they can not be tracked with ground-based sensors.

According to the terms of the contract, Launchspace Technologies is paying fees for housing its technology on Bartolomeo. However, Airbus is not charging the company for astronaut crew time, transportation, and other ISS resources.

Robert Walker, prior House Science Committee chairman and former executive chairman of the Washington lobbying firm Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, started working with Launchspace Technologies to rally support for the company’s work.

Now, Walker, who established moonWalker Associates in 2019, has also joined the Launchspace Technologies board.

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