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Rapidly developed & cost-effective space hardware that
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Who we are

StarSpec Technologies Inc. is a sub-orbital and satellite hardware company that enables low barrier-to-entry access to space for research and industrial applications in astrophysics, geophysics, and Earth-sciences. StarSpec specializes in hardware solutions and software systems for suborbital and space-based applications, leveraging decades of experience building, flight qualifying, and refurbishing suborbital payloads.

In addition to low cost and a streamlined design methodologies, StarSpec offers flight-proven technology and expertise, from prototyping and component-level design to full flight system integration with science instrumentation and interface compatibility with international launch providers, including the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) through the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) as well as with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

To date, the StarSpec team has integrated and demonstrated unparalleled flight capabilities for an unprecedented number of successful research-capable payloads launching from sites worldwide, including Timmins (northern Canada), Kiruna (Sweden), and McMurdo (Antarctica).

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What's the latest?

May 1, 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

Our team is the core of what makes StarSpec tick. We have invested the past 10 years working in close collaboration to develop, qualify, launch, and operate high-performance, low-cost, and rapidly built sub-orbital technologies and standardization methodologies for leading-edge research applications. Built on our unprecedented success in extremely high precision suborbital technologies, we have since continued to standardize and modularize our design approach as well as our highly performance hardware and software for a myriad of suborbital and space-based 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.


Accelerating in the innovation hub

StarSpec 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 technology to leaders 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. This 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 US, and around the world.

StarSpec Technologies Inc.
96 Victoria Ave
Cambridge, ON
Canada N1S 1X9
Ph. 1-416-909-5325


Join our team!

StarSpec is moving at an incredible pace, and this is only the beginning! We are constantly 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!