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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.

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SuperBIT

Super-pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope.

SuperBIT is one of the foundational technological achievements on which StarSpec Technologies is founded, boasting space-like performance that rivals the famous Hubble Space Telescope at a fraction of the cost and development timescale.

With unprecedented stabilization performance akin to threading a needle from more than a 2 mile (3 km) distance (without touching the edges), SuperBIT hallmarks StarSpec's capabilities in high resolution astronomical and Earth imaging from space environments.

StarSpec is continuing to innovate on the technology developed through SuperBIT to co-develop facility class telescopes such as GigaBIT and to transition high impact components and software to commercialized, modular satellites.


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BLAST Observatory

The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope Observatory.

BLAST-Obs is a state-of-the-art scientific instrument designed for precise, unobstructed astronomical measurements of galactic regions in which stars are born.

StarSpec is continuing BLAST's 20+ year lineage of highly successful technology development and research by enhancing mission assurance at the component and software level with flight-vetted technology from StarSpec's space-based portfolio.

Utilizing NASA's cutting edge Super-pressure Balloon platform, BLAST Observatory is slated to launch from Wanaka, New Zealand as early as 2026, with StarSpec consultation, integration, and operations support from design to flight.

GSFC Project (Code: 010)

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Sole Source Contract.

StarSpec Technologies has passed a critical milestone in securing sole-source status with a new high-profile sub-orbital project out of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA-GSFC).

This milestone vets StarSpec's suborbital platform (aka Gondola) technology and solutions as the most viable compared to other traditional vendors on the basis of cost, timeline, and overall performance capabilities for this upcoming and state-of-the-art technology development project out of NASA GSFC (CODE #010 - to be disclosed).

More information on this exclusive high profile project to come in the coming months!

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BEGINS

The Balloon Experiment for Galactic INfrared Science.

BEGINS is a balloon-borne submillimeter cryogenic instrument that serves as both a technology demonstrator of state-of-the-art kinetic inductance detectors (KIDs) as well as a pioneer for galactic research that is aptly aligned with the goals of the 2020 Astronomy Decadal Survey.

Headed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), StarSpec provides BEGINS with a high TRL platform utilizing heritage hardware and software that has been pre-certified by StarSpec experts for NASA-based balloon operations. BEGINS is staged to launch from Kiruna, Sweden in 2027 as part of NASA's Long Duration Balloon (LDB) program.

NRC-InSAR

The National Research Council Canada's (NRC) Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Project.

The InSAR project is an ambitious innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques designed to streamline preventative maintenance of critical infrastructure using cutting-edge satellite imaging data.

StarSpec is working with the NRC to develop the end-user data analysis framework for existing satellite imaging providers while establishing critical insights into the state-of-the-art for InSAR technology.

StarSpec is generalizing the approach developed through this project to fuel on-board, real-time processing for next generation of InSAR satellite constellations.

AVIN

Space-based Technologies, for Earth.

The AVIN Project is a high-definition three-dimensional maps development platform for self driving car applications.

Through AVIN, StarSpec Technologies is 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.

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