Austin, Texas-based Slingshot Aerospace – a company building space simulation and analytics products to accelerate space sustainability – has announced a double whammy of acquisitions including ourselves, Seradata, and Numerica’s Space Domain Awareness (SDA) division.
Through its acquisition of UK-based Seradata, Slingshot Aerospace will gain a foothold in the European space information market as well as control of the renowned SpaceTrak database, which has covered every launch and every satellite constructed or ordered since Sputnik in 1957.
Tim Fuller, Managing Director at Seradata, said: “Combining what Slingshot and Seradata have each built creates an incredibly robust knowledge graph that will provide the space industry with world-class decision support, data and analytics.”
The acquisitions also include the world’s first and only commercial low Earth orbit (LEO) to geosynchronous orbit (GEO) daytime and night-time optical sensor network for satellite tracking, through Numerica’s SDA division. It owns a global network of proprietary sensors and software comprising more than 150 sensors and 30 telescopes across 20 locations globally (including the USA, France, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Australia, Namibia and Chile).
Melanie Stricklan, Co-founder and CEO of Slingshot Aerospace, said: “We are constantly improving our customers’ abilities to monitor, simulate, and optimize their space flight operations. By merging the unique capabilities of Numerica and Seradata with those of Slingshot, we are creating a first-of-its-kind, unified platform – providing our customers with the most holistic and robust insights available. In addition to more than tripling the size of our team over the last year, we are rocketing forward with this game-changing suite of products that enable a more sustainable and responsible approach to space operations today and in the future.”
The dual acquisitions would transform spaceflight safety and sustainability for satellite operators at a time of unprecedented and growing risk on-orbit, Slingshot said in a statement.