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StarSpec Technologies is a space-based solutions company committed to lowering the barrier-to-entry to space-based technologies, platforms, and data to help solve the big problems here on Earth. Whether it's building precision space-based imaging systems for next-generation climate monitoring systems or synthesizing satellite-based data to inform on preventative maintenance of critical infrastructure, StarSpec's expertise offers actionable, scalable, and industry-ready solutions that endeavor to bring the benefits of space closer to home.

StarSpec Technologies is a space-based solutions company committed to lowering the barrier-to-entry to space-based technologies, platforms, and data to help solve the big problems here on Earth. Whether it's building precision space-based imaging systems for next-generation climate monitoring systems or synthesizing satellite-based data to inform on preventative maintenance of critical infrastructure, StarSpec's expertise offers actionable, scalable, and industry-ready solutions that endeavor to bring the benefits of space closer to home.

Space-based hardware
and data analytics,
from concept to launch.

Solution Oriented

Space-based solutions
that scale with increasing
demands here on Earth.

Space Scalable

Expertise that provides
a balance between heritage
and the state-of-the art.

Robustly Innovative

Solution Oriented
Space-based hardware and data analytics, from concept to launch.

StarSpec Technologies builds space-based hardware and data analytics for technology developers, research leaders, and industry innovators to effectively utilize space-based technologies and data for critical solutions in climate change, supply chain infrastructure, space domain awareness, and national security.

Space Scalable
Space-based solutions that scale with increasing demands here on Earth.

Effective access to space is both essential and inevitable. StarSpec Technologies builds solutions to global problems that demand utilization of space-based resources in a way that scales with the increasingly pressing demand to solve those problems.

Robustly Innovative
Expertise that provides a balance between heritage and the state-of-the art.

Actionable and usable innovation only comes from a keen focus on achieving a robust and realistic result. StarSpec's approach to innovation tempers our versatility in navigating the state-of-the-art with the conscientious due diligence entrusted by our customers.

The StarSpec Advantage

Accelerate
Concept-to-Launch

StarSpec adds value at every critical step from concept and consultation to launch and operations. Our standardized approach to space-based solutions provides rapid and reliable development times from concept to launch while maintaining a conscientious balance between the state-of-the-art and heritage.

Leverage
Flight Heritage & Expertise

StarSpec incorporates flight-proven technologies and flight-critical expertise in every solution. Heritage in our space-based technology and data solutions is backed by traditional leaders in space development, including NASA and CSA, as well as leading institutions in next-generation space-based technologies across North America.

Build
Confident Solutions

StarSpec offers unparalleled flight capabilities based on an unprecedented number of successful state-of-the-art space-based solutions deployed across multiple industries. Closing the loop with powerful data analytics, StarSpec continues to provide critical data-backed insights that leverage a robust utilization of space-based resources.

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SASC
Sub-Arcsecond Star Camera
Overview:
  • < 1 arcsec full-lost accuracy @ 10 Hz
  • 0.23 arcsec diff. precision @ 60 Hz
  • 1 dps max. slew rate
Interface:
  • Plug-and-play; full-sky catalog onboard
  • GigE or RS-232/485 available; quaternion or matrix data format
  • 5W power (12 VDC)
  • 1U, 2U, 3U versions @ 100-400 g (application dependent)
Environment:
  • Terrestrial, high-altitude (<40 km), and LEO (<700 km) rad-tolerant
  • 40 to 85°C industrial operating temperature
More Info & Pricing
CRW
Cogless Reaction Wheel
Overview:
  • < 1 arcsec pointing control
  • Cogless design @ <0.1% torque ripple
  • 0.1 to 2000 Nms versions available
Interface:
  • Plug-and-play; fully integrated control
  • GigE, RS-232/485, or PWM available
  • 10W peak power (12 VDC)
  • 1U and 2U versions @ 100 g per wheel
  • Tetrahedral SmallSat assembly available; large balloon-borne format available
Environment:
  • Terrestrial, high-altitude (<40 km), and LEO (<700 km) rad-tolerant
  • 40 to 85°C industrial operating temperature
Config Info & Pricing
ADCS
Sub-Arcsecond Attitude Controller
Overview:
  • < 0.1 arcsec attitude stabilization capable
    (w/ CRW control and SASC feedback)
  • < 1 arcsec target acquisition capable
    (w/ CRW control and SASC feedback)
  • 10 to 100 Hz control bandwidth
Interface:
  • Plug-and-play; fully integrated control; onboard CPU + FPGA
  • GigE, RS-232/485, USB, PWM, DIO, I2C capable
  • 5W power (5 or 12 VDC)
  • 1U @ 300 g; PC-104+ standard
Environment:
  • Terrestrial, high-altitude (<40 km), and LEO (<700 km) rad-tolerant
  • 40 to 85°C industrial operating temperature
More Info & Pricing
TARDIGRADE
Rapid Space-based Testing
Overview:
  • Streamlined TVAC and radiation testing for low-TRL devices
  • QA and volume testing
  • Full testing report and qualification / implementation recommendations included
  • Bi-annual campaigns available
Environment:
  • High-altitude stratosphere (<40 km) to LEO (<700) RAD profile
  • "Fully on" SEU and aging tests
  • TVAC profile 40 to 85°C for stratosphere (3 mbar) and LEO (hard vacuum)
Availability & Pricing
ZinAOI Mapper
On-Demand Sub-mm Mapping 
Overview:
  • Quick-look analysis capabilities for InSAR data over heterogenous datasets
  • Machine learning analytics on deformation, deformation rate, seasonal trends, etc.
  • Extensive flight heritage with NASA and CSA
Applications:
  • Preventative maintenance of critical infrastructure
  • Climate change related topographical studies
  • Urban development / monitoring; city planning
  • Natural disaster informatics
Demo Info & Pricing
TLM
Space-based Operations Software
Overview:
  • On-the-fly commanding, data access, and quick-look analysis capabilities
  • Extensible open-source client-side GUI software and API
  • Extensive flight heritage with NASA and CSA
Interface:
  • Standard API through C, Python, and Rust
    (other ports available)
  • Comm-link independent, lossless compression
  • Operations-selectable downlink, dynamic bandwidth; image downlink
Environment:
  • Suitable for terrestrial, high-altitude, and LEO (<700 km) applications.
Demo Info & Pricing
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InspireSAT Initiative

Unparalleled SmallSat Imaging.

At 100x the precision and imaging quality compared to the current industry standard, the InspireSAT Initiative builds on the successes of sub-orbital platforms, such as EXCITE and SuperBIT, as well as robust technology transfer programmes from the TARDIGRADE Project to bring StarSpec's ADCS technologies to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) competitively and at-scale.

This initiative promotes StarSpec's high precision space-qualified ADCS components, including sub-arcsecond precision star cameras, cogless reaction wheels, and ultra-high-bandwidth controllers.

This initiative is supported by the Canadian Space Agency with mission partners from UC Berkeley and LLNL.

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TARDIGRADE

Targeted Advancements in Robustly Designed Instrumentation for Generic RADiation Environments.

The TARDIGRADE project explores a potentially revolutionary approach to radiation tolerance of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) based electronics for space-based applications.

Working hand-in-hand with Canada's TRIUMF radiation test facility in Vancouver, the main goals for the TARDIGRADE project are to not only demonstrate suitability of our Modified-COTS approach for modern applications in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), but to both standardize and streamline the space technology development process with a target 1-3 month timeline from concept to qualification.

ZinAOI

On-Demand InSAR Results with AI.

Building on successful implementation of StarSpec's Zero Expectation PHase Retrieval technique employed in the NRC-InSAR project, the ZEPHR Implementation in Northern Areas of Interest (ZinAOI) provides on-demand, actionable InSAR results to northern communities that are sensitive to the effects of climate change.

The ZinAOI Mapper offers a scalable software platform for assessing annual and season changes in permafrost and waterline at the click of a button, providing the on-demand data analytics for addressing changing infrastructure needs due to rising average temperatures.

Employing powerful artificial intelligence, the ZinAOI Mapper quickly assesses how landscapes and urban regions in the north continue to be affected by changing climate on a regional and global scale.

EXCITE

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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TAURUS

State-of-the-Art Cosmology from a Balloon.

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.

GigaBIT

Gigapixel-class Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope.

StarSpec is proud to continue supporting innovation in state-of-the-art balloon-borne astronomy as prime contractor for the GigaBIT Project.

As a successor to the highly successful SuperBIT project, GigaBIT boasts an optical quality and facility-class capabilities second only to the James Webb Space Telescope, and all from a balloon!

With nearly three-times the telescope size, GigaBIT's science flight from Wanaka, New Zealand in 2028 will promote StarSpec-enabled high resolution imaging at an unprecedented level, peering into the deepest and farthest regions of space to study the nature of dark matter.

Latest News
News Highlights

It's Official: 
StarSpec's InspireSAT is a GO!

January 2024

StarSpec Technologies is thrilled to announce that the InspireSAT ADCS 12U MVP project with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is officially a GO! Over the next 24 months, StarSpec will be implementing the detailed LEO satellite design conceived in Phase 1 to demonstrate transformative capabilities in sub-arcsecond stabilization for accessible and scalable low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. With applications from imaging in astronomy to SSA/SDA in LEO to Earth observation of critical infrastructure in monitoring the effects of climate change, StarSpec is looking forward to utilizing these technologies to enable a wide range of current and next-generation missions.

All in all, we at StarSpec are excited to take on this ambitious endeavor, and we wanted to take the time to recognize and give our thanks for the continued support from those that have helped us along the way. There's a lot to do and and more to look forward to, so we also wanted this to be a first step in re-engaging with those that have expressed interest and enthusiasm in continuing to be a part of our InspireSAT journey.
Feel free to reach out if you'd like to learn about our project roadmap or if there is anything about the InspireSAT implementation plan that you'd like to become involved with - we'd be happy to hear from you!

Stay tuned to hear more exciting news about InspireSAT's build and development project over the next 24 months!
Official Notice on CSA's Website
Check out SpaceQ's announcement!

StarSpec kicks off 2024 at AAS 243

January 2024

It's a new year at StarSpec Technologies, and 2024 comes with lots to do and even more to look forward to!

Kicking of 2024 in New Orleans, StarSpec makes a splash at the 243rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society, meeting with students, professors, and industry leaders in astronomical observation and instrumentation from across North America and around the world. Promoting the capabilities of StarSpec's flagship project SuperBIT and its successor GigaBIT, StarSpec garnered substantial interest in how space-based astronomy and capabilities can be made accessible and cost-effective outside the auspices of larger (and more costly) space-based telescopes, such as the Hubble Space Telescope or James Webb Space Telescope, but with competitive performance and effective science throughput. Not to mention that StarSpec's booth at the AAS Exhibition was a hit: shiny swag and stellar photos were a great introduction to learning more about how StarSpec's vision of accessible space-based astronomy is becoming a reality with projects like GigaBIT, InspireSAT, Taurus, EXCITE, and many more coming down the pipe.

AAS 243 was also a great opportunity to meet with our partners, clients, and colleagues at Louisiana State University, University of Colorado Boulder, Princeton University, the Balloon Program Office, JPL-NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, and many other institutions and agencies in the US and Canada - truly an amazing event to be a part of and to contribute to!

From AAS 243:
"Visit StarSpec Technologies to learn more about how we are lowering the barrier to access space based resources for astronomy and remote sensing applications."

Check out more info on AAS 243 in NOLA!

StarSpec at Space Bound 2023

October 2023

StarSpec Technologies was excited to meet with space innovators across Canada at Space Bound 2023, further supporting and developing the Canadian space sector by encouraging collaboration and innovation from coast to coast.

Hosted by Space Canada in the capital, members from across Canada, key industry leaders, and government officials highlighted key aspects of the Canadian space economy requiring industry support and promotion, the manufacturing, space-qualification, and space data utilization aspects for which StarSpec is proud to be a strong and continuing contributor.

Keynote speakers included the Canadian Minister of Science François-Philippe Champagne, the President of the Canadian Space Agency Lisa Campbell, former Canadian astronauts Marc Garneau & David Saint-Jacques, and representatives from the Canadian defense sector.

Check out more Space Bound 2023!

EXCITE: Fully Integrated and Flight Ready at NASA's Ft. Sumner Launch Facility

September 2023

The EXCITE project has passed a major milestone in declaring Flight Readiness with NASA's launch provider, the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility.

As part of completing this contract with Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC-NASA), StarSpec Technologies has provide key technical support in integrating the StarSpec-built Gondola and cutting-edge Sub-arcsecond Pointing system with NASA's state-of-the-art optical systems and cryogenic detectors, notably one of the flight spares for the James Webb Space Telescope.

This achievement marks the successful completion of StarSpec's primary contract with EXCITE, opening doors for future collaboration with GSFC-NASA in further preparing EXCITE for its fully operational Science Flight from NASA's Long Duration Balloon facility in Antarctica by 2026.

Stay tuned for more developments on StarSpec's continuing support for EXCITE

Learn more about the EXCITE Project!

StarSpec Completes TARDIGRADE-2 Campaign at TRIUMF

August 2023

StarSpec Technologies has completed another successful campaign of the Targeted Advancement in Robustly Designed Instrumentation for Generic RADiation Environments (TARDIGRADE) program.

As a rapid and streamlined approach to space qualification, TARDIGRADE is a bold approach to the effective utilization of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) devices for space-based applications using StarSpec's proprietary Modified COTS technologies.

This round of radiation based testing at TRIUMF's radiation test facility in Vancouver focuses on COTS motor controllers, servos, and next-generation sub-orbital control boards for missions such as StarSpec's InspireSAT Initiative as well as product development for future StarSpec partners at Raven Aerostar.

Building on the success of this campaign and previous TARDIGRADE results, StarSpec has demonstrated effective use of its Modified COTS of space-based applications while showcasing a viable pipeline to space rapidly qualify technologies for StarSpec and its customers.

Successful NASA launch of the SuperBIT payload

April 2023

StarSpec Technologies is proud to announce the successful launch of the Super-pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT)!

With liftoff from Wanaka, New Zealand at just after 2300h on April 15, 2023, the 1500 kg (3300 lbs) SuperBIT instrument was deployed in the stratosphere at 30-40 km altitude above 99.5% of the atmosphere via a football-stadium-sized balloon.

As a founding enabler of the SuperBIT instrument, StarSpec Technologies commissioned the state-of-the-art stabilization platform that provides imaging capabilities that exceed those of the famous Hubble Space Telescope.

StarSpec Technologies has since taken this image stabilization technology to market for balloon-borne and satellite instruments alike, offering components and systems that provide unprecented imaging capabilities at a fraction of the cost and time of a traditional space-based mission.

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