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To enable the emerging diversification of space-based applications through
rapidly accessible suborbital & satellite technologies.
About Us

Who we are

StarSpec Technologies bridges the gap between innovation and application for state-of-the-art space-based technologies. StarSpec is fundamentally enabling technology developers, science leaders, and industry innovators endeavoring to rapidly push the frontiers of emerging suborbital and satellite-based applications.

We believe that the increasing ease in access to space is both inevitable and essential to realize the growing economy and diversification of space technologies on rapid development timescales that are well-paced with the constantly accelerating state-of-the-art. StarSpec is at the forefront of this revolution in space, providing the necessary agility and continuous innovation required to meet the increasing demand in the new space supply chain.

Our vision is a world in which accessing the uncapped research, development, and commercial potential of space and near-space environments is limited only by imaginations of those who endeavor to Rethink Space.

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What we do

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Satellite Consultation
Satellite Fabrication & Manufacturing
Payload & Flight Integration
Design studies & prototyping for a wide range of emerging space-based technologies
Fabrication & manufacturing of standardized and semi-custom suborbital and satellite platforms
Standardized operational testing & certification for space and near-space environments
Hardware & software integration with suborbital balloon and satellite launch providers
At-float & on-orbit operational support and team training services
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Sub-arcsecond Stabilized Suborbital Platform

StarSpec's approach to rapid development for space adds value at every critical link in the suborbital and satellite supply chain. We have modularized and standardized our approach to space-based hardware & software, providing unprecedented development times from concept to launch while continually keeping pace with the state-of-the-art.

StarSpec provides flight-proven technology and flight-critical expertise interfacing with international launch providers, including the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) through the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES —Centre National d'Études Spatiales) as well as with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The StarSpec team has demonstrated unparalleled flight capabilities for an unprecedented number of successful state-of-the-art suborbital payloads launched and operated from sites across North America and worldwide.

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StarSpec Plug-and-Play Satellites
Space Telescope Module
Space Telescope Module
Earth Observation Module
Earth Observation Module
Space Certification Module
Space Certification Module

Work with us!

StarSpec is excited to work with you on your next project! From prototyping instrumentation on balloon-borne platforms operating at the edge of space to production line manufacturing for next-gen satellite constellation applications, StarSpec's technology development approach defines the new standard in accelerated concept-to-launch timescales. Our approach is engineered for continuous innovation, maintaining pace with the state-of-the-art while affording high versatility in customer-centered space-based applications.

Work with us!

StarSpec's goal is to meet the needs of new space applications at every scale—from individual components and modular flight software to partnerships on fully-integrated payloads from concept to launch. Our team has earned decades of experience designing, building, integrating, and operating space-based technologies with demanding engineering and operational requirements. We have demonstrated the high impact of the StarSpec approach for a growing number of rapidly developed suborbital and technology development endeavors—and this is only the beginning!

Contact StarSpec today to discuss how we can work with you to Rethink Space for commercial-based, technology development, and scientific research applications..


What's the latest

March 2021

In addition to breaking ground on NASA's EXCITE project, StarSpec has been officially contracted to join a second high-profile NASA-led project as part of the 2021 NASA Pioneers program. StarSpec's primary role on this project (official details to be released) will be the design, fabrication, integration, and in-field operational support for a first-of-its-kind suborbital platform to be launched and operated from McMurdo, Antarctica as early as 2025 and Kiruna, Sweden in the following year. Though in the early stages of development, this project promises to not only be a welcome engineering challenge for the StarSpec team, but an incredible opportunity to strengthen ties with technology development leaders and science innovators at NASA and research institutions across North America.

January 2021

We have hit the ground running in the first month of 2021, completing critical development for the AVIN project—a partnership with Aposys to develop high-definition three-dimensional maps for self driving car applications. StarSpec and Aposys hope to continue development of this project, fusing StarSpec satellite imagery with data collected from AVIN to develop the necessary mapping infrastructure for fully autonomous self driving car applications in urban and suburban environments. More updates on this exciting project and more to come soon!
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December 2020

StarSpec is finishing off a busy year having received an incredible amount of interest from research and technology development groups across North America. With nearly half a dozen high-value commitments from academic institutions and high-profile research groups at NASA, StarSpec is looking forward to providing suborbital gondola hardware and software for a broad spectrum of scientific diversity, from exoplanet atmospheres to observing intricate properties of the galactic interstellar medium to probing the fundamental mechanisms of the universe itself. We are excited to break ground and provide StarSpec technology and expertise to enable exploration of these new frontiers starting as early as Spring 2021.

September 2020

StarSpec Technologies has been contracted to take part in a critical design study for a state-of-the-art suborbital gondola as part of NASA's new Pioneers program. As part of an ongoing partnership with academic institutions across Canada and the United States, StarSpec's primary role on this project (details to be released) will be to design, manufacture and integrate the primary gondola pointing and scanning system while providing critical in-field operational support and training throughout and up to the project's at-float commissioning stage. When funded, this multi-institutional project will be the first-of-its kind balloon-based remote research facility to be launched via NASA's Super-Pressure Balloon capabilities out of Wanaka, New Zealand as early as Spring 2025.

May 2020

We are excited to announce that StarSpec is part of the winning EXoplanet Climate Infrared TElescope (EXCITE) proposal team, headed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. StarSpec will develop, construct, and integrate the suborbital balloon-borne platform for the project. Based on the high-precision telescope and image stabilization systems developed by our core team, StarSpec will enable EXCITE to make spectrographic measurements of planets outside our solar system (exoplanets) with unparalleled accuracy and precision. Scheduled to launch from McMurdo, Antarctica in 2025 to near-space via a football-stadium-sized balloon as part of NASA's Long Duration Balloon program, the EXCITE project aims to use these high fidelity measurements to better understand the atmospheric content of these exoplanets at a level not achievable with current ground, sub-orbital, or space-based instrumentation.


Technology leaders

StarSpec's team is its core. We have invested the past 10 years working in close collaboration with the leaders in suborbital technology to develop, qualify, launch, and operate high-performance and rapidly built suborbital technologies and standardization methodologies for leading-edge applications.

Javier Romualdez
Chief Executive Officer

Javier Romualdez

Javier is one of StarSpec's co-founders and the company's CEO. Javier has broad experience leading the successful design, implementation, and flight qualification of several state-of-the-art suborbital platforms at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. Javier received his PhD. in Aerospace Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto specializing in high fidelity control systems and flight software for space applications.

Steven Li
Chief Technical Officer

Steven Li

Steven is co-founder and CTO for StarSpec Technologies. With nearly a decade of engineering experience, Steven has been the chief architect in the mechanical design and analysis of high-precision state-of-the-art suborbital platforms at Princeton University and the University of Toronto. Steven has a Master's degree in Aerospace Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto specializing in novel mechanical design approaches for suborbital and space hardware.

John Hartley
Chief Financial Officer

John Hartley

John is one of StarSpec's co-founders and the company's CFO. With more than a decade of mechatronics and electrical engineering experience, John has designed, built, and successfully flown space-based instrumentation on a number of state-of-the-art suborbital platforms for cutting-edge scientific research. John has PhD. in Physics from the University of Toronto as well as industry experience in mechanics and electronics.

Barth Netterfield
Technical Advisor

Barth Netterfield

Barth is a tenured professor in Astronomy and Physics at the University of Toronto. Over more than 20 years, Barth has been one of the foremost pioneers in the field in state-of-the-art balloon-borne and suborbital technology that has enabled significant breakthroughs in astrophysics and cosmology. With a PhD. in Physics from Princeton and deep technical experience working at Caltech, Barth has launched and flight-qualified technology and design methodologies for a wide range of space-based applications.


Join our team!

StarSpec Technologies is moving at an incredible pace—and this is only the beginning! We are looking to expand our team with talented and driven individuals who dare to Rethink Space at a level beyond the industry standard and who dream of a fast-approaching future where access to space and the state-of-the-art technologies that enable this access are commonplace. StarSpec aims to be at the center of this paradigm shift in the space industry by pushing the boundaries of traditional space-based applications beyond the status quo and establishing a foundation in low barrier-to-entry, rapidly manufactured space-based technology in which StarSpec is the new gold standard.

Contact us if you are excited about joining us on this journey—we look forward to hearing from you!

StarSpec Technologies

Accelerating in the innovation hub

StarSpec Technologies is at the epicenter of Canadian technological innovation. We are based in Cambridge, Canada, one of the foremost technological hubs within the Toronto-region and across Canada with access to technology leaders and innovators from the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Guelph, the Perimeter Institute, the University of Toronto, and a number of exceptional technical institutes. StarSpec's advantageous proximity to world-class academic and technical institutions is enhanced by the strong presence of leading-edge technology manufacturing and distributors in and around the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge area, right at StarSpec’s doorstep. With these resources and ample space to grow, StarSpec looks to continue breaking new ground in satellite and suborbital technology, contracting and collaborating with institutions, agencies, and industries in Canada, the United States, and around the world.