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NorthStar and SES to Advance Commercial SSA Services 

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NorthStar space infrastructure SSA beam. Credit: NorthStar

Ibadan, 29 June 2023. – NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. and SES have signed an agreement to collaborate on implementing next-generation commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services. The aim is to significantly increase the precision of resident space object (RSO) tracking to enhance the safety and sustainability of operations in space.

This agreement follows NorthStar and SES’s announcement last year to collaborate and contribute to realizing a more sustainable space environment. Furthermore, it reinforces their common commitment to leading the way toward responsible practices in space. By leveraging their complementary expertise, technologies, and comprehensive satellite networks, the companies will collaborate to optimize cutting-edge SSA services of unique dimension, precision, and reliability. In addition, this commercial service will enhance traditional fleet management capabilities by reducing collision risk and enabling optimum safety and efficiency during operations.

Commenting on the partnership, Stewart Bain, CEO of NorthStar, said, “The safety and sustainability of space demand collaboration between trusted partners in the space community. Our agreement represents a significant milestone in the advancement of commercial SSA services. By combining NorthStar’s innovative SSA services with SES’s extensive satellite fleet operations experience, the partnership will deliver unparalleled insights and solutions to transform how we operate safely in space.”

Likewise, Ruy Pinto, CEO Designate of SES, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration stating, “At SES, we recognize the fundamental importance of space sustainability, and we consider it a core pillar of our ESG strategy. By partnering with NorthStar, we aim to combine our extensive experience in space operations and space safety with their state-of-the-art products to deliver more comprehensive and reliable SSA.”

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