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.
“Combining what Slingshot and Seradata have each built,” Tim Fuller, Managing Director at Seradata said, “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 owns a global network of proprietary sensors and software of over 150 sensors and 30 telescopes across 20 locations (including USA, France, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Australia, Namibia and Chile) globally.
“We are constantly improving our customers’ abilities to monitor, simulate, and optimize their space flight operations,” said Melanie Stricklan, Co-founder and CEO, Slingshot Aerospace. “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 will, Slingshot said in a statement, transform spaceflight safety and sustainability for satellite operators at a time of unprecedented and growing risk on-orbit.