Solstar Space Co.’s Innovations Propel Communication in Low Earth Orbit

Solstar Space Co., based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is making strides in space technology with its recent $1.25 million Small Business Innovation Phase II research contract from AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force’s innovation arm. This contract aims to tackle critical challenges faced by the Department of Defense, particularly in the realm of space communications.

At the forefront of Solstar’s development efforts is the Continuous Spacecraft System Communications Wideband (CSSC-WB) unit, also known as the Slayton Space Communicator. Designed to revolutionize communication in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), the Slayton Space Communicator offers high-speed downlink and uplink capabilities, enhancing connectivity with spacecraft and personnel operating in this vital region of space.

The significance of Solstar’s innovation lies in its ability to minimize communication blackout periods caused by limited ground station links. With the Slayton Space Communicator, Solstar aims to provide near real-time access to large data files, including remote sensing images and video streams. Brian Barnett, CEO of Solstar Space, emphasizes the importance of such capabilities as LEO becomes increasingly congested, highlighting the need for complete situational awareness for organizations like the U.S. Space Force.

In light of recent incidents involving space debris, such as the unexpected crash of a piece of hardware from the International Space Station, the importance of effective communication and monitoring in space has become more apparent than ever. Solstar’s innovative solutions not only enhance connectivity but also contribute to improving safety and efficiency in space operations.

As Solstar Space continues its research and development efforts with the support of AFWERX and other partners, the future of space communication looks promising. With its commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology, Solstar is poised to play a significant role in shaping the future of space exploration and satellite communication.

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