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To enable vital and emerging diversification of space-based applications through rapidly accessible suborbital & satellite technologies.
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What we do

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 increasing ease of access to space is both inevitable—as a result of the growing economy and diversification of space-based applications—as well as essential to rapid technology development for space that is 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 the imaginations of those who endeavor to Rethink Space.


What's the latest

October 2021

StarSpec is celebrating an amazing press release from one of our core founding projects, SuperBIT - the Super-pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope! Based on and supported by StarSpec's core suborbital technology, SuperBIT is looking to fly on NASA's super-pressure balloon system from Wanaka, New Zealand with imaging capabilities rivaling the famous Hubble Space Telescope. Click below to learn more about how StarSpec is enabling projects like SuperBIT to realize space-based capabilities faster, cheaper, and more effectively. -- SuperBIT: A low-cost, balloon-borne telescope to rival HubbleVICE -- Scientists Are Launching a Massive Helium Balloon to Measure Dark MatterThe Guardian -- Enormous balloon could help astronomers get clear view of spaceForbes -- The Hubble Space Telescope Is Alive But Could Soon Be Replaced By Cheap Balloons Say ScientistsIFL Science -- A Balloon-Borne Telescope Could Rival Hubble For A Fraction Of The Cost
September 2021

StarSpec has passed a critical milestone in securing sole-source status with a new high-profile sub-orbital project out of NASA Goddard. This milestone vets StarSpec's space-based technologies and solutions as the most viable compared to other traditional commercial vendors on the basis of cost, timeline, and overall performance capabilities. More news to come on StarSpec's support of this high profile NASA project!

July 2021

StarSpec is thrilled to be featured in Betakit's cover piece on how our technology is shaping the way future "new space" applications are approaching space. Click below to read the full article.

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Where we fit in

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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 systems
Standardized operational testing & certification for space and near-space environments
Hardware & software integration with suborbital 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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Our work


The EXoplanet Climate Infrared TElescope (EXCITE) is a state-of-the-art, high precision spectrometer-based instrument built and developed out of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA-GSFC). StarSpec provides EXCITE with a three-axis stabilized balloon-borne platform with the necessary precision for near-space characterization of exoplanet atmospheres, a critical component of potentially life-bearing planets beyond our solar system. Scheduled to launch from McMurdo, Antarctica in 2025, EXCITE will be carried to the stratospheric environment via a football-stadium-sized balloon as part of NASA's Long Duration Balloon (LDB) program.

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The AVIN Project is a technology partnership with Aposys Technologies to develop high-definition three-dimensional maps for self driving car applications. Through AVIN, StarSpec and ApoSys are continuing to pursue collaborative innovation by fusing StarSpec satellite imagery capabilities with data collected from AVIN to develop the necessary mapping infrastructure for fully autonomous self driving car applications in urban and suburban environments. The AVIN Project is just one of the ways that StarSpec is diversifying its impact on technology used to solve modern challenges in infrastructure, distribution, and general autonomy.


TAURUS is a balloon-borne platform designed to make highly precise measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the echo of the Big Bang and the creation of the early Universe. With expertise in stratospheric and near-space instrumentation, StarSpec provides TAURUS with rapidly fabricated and flight-vetted components, including star cameras, flight computers, mechanical structure, and power systems, all of which have heritage with NASA. Utilizing NASA's state-of-the-art Super-pressure Balloon (SPB) platform, TAURUS is scheduled to launch from Wanaka, New Zealand in 2027, with StarSpec providing technical and consulting support from concept through to operations.

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

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 success 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..


Our Core Team

Javier Romualdez
Chief Executive Officer
Javier Romualdez

As a founding member of StarSpec Technologies, Javier is dedicated to leading effective outreach and critical direction in scaling StarSpec's business network while laying the foundation for accelerated and strategic growth in the space sector. Read more...

Steven Li
Chief Technical Officer
Steven Li

Steven is a key co-founder of StarSpec Technologies who continually strives to utilize his deep technology and business experience for optimized yet innovative solutions to some of the leading-edge technical challenges in the modern space industry. Read more...

John Hartley
Chief Financial Officer
John Hartley

Dedicated to driving rapid growth as a core founding member of StarSpec Technologies, John has endeavored to effectively drive company value through promotion of high value, low cost products and services that enable further technological innovation. Read more...

World-class Advisors

Barth Netterfield
Chief Technical Advisor
Barth Netterfield
Jesse Treu
Key Business Advisor
Jesse Treu

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.