StarSpec is committed to making space work in a way that is cost effective, risk-balanced, and short turnaround from concept to operations, leveraging heritage and expertise from technology development on sub-orbital platforms to cutting-edge, new space satellite-based applications.
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.
StarSpec 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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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.
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.
The National Research Council Canada's (NRC) Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (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.
The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope Observatory (BLAST) 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.
The Super-pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT) is one of the foundational technological achievements on which StarSpec 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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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.
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..