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HEO and Sidus Space Partner for NEI Payload and Data Services

Sidus Space’s LizzieSat. Credit: Sidus Space

Ibadan, 12 April 2024. – HEO has finalized a deal with Sidus Space, which will see Sidus Space host HEO’s NEI imager, HOLMES-006, onboard LizzieSat-3 as part of the Bandwagon-2 launch, along with a monthly data services contract. This consequently marks the second agreement between HEO and Sidus Space, as Sidus Space’s LizzieSat-2 will be hosting HEO’s HOLMES-004 on the same launch.

LizzieSat-3 will provide hosting services such as power, communications, attitude control, and others to HOLMES-006. Simultaneously, the partnership will connect LizzieSat-3 with HEO’s automated smart tasking systems. This will fully enable in-orbit services such as satellite identification and monitoring, space debris characterization, and enhanced space
domain awareness (SDA).

HEO has successfully sent two Holmes Imagers to space, both of which are currently undergoing commission. Meanwhile, LizzieSat-1, Sidus Space’s first satellite, has already had a successful launch and deployment in March 2024 and is currently working through the launch and early operations stage. Furthermore, the expanding partnership between HEO and Sidus Space lays the groundwork for a long-term destination with more NEI sensors in space and a burgeoning economy in
low-Earth orbit.

Speaking on the partnership, Carol Craig, CEO of Sidus, commented, “We are honored to earn HEO’s trust and confidence in our ability to provide the platform for their NEI and data collection. Our companies work well together, and we look forward to a strong partnership to further enhance and expand the space ecosystem by offering a variety of valuable imagery and data.”

Likewise, Dr Will Crowe, CEO and Co-Founder of HEO added, “We are accelerating our work to proliferate NEI sensors in orbit, and we love partnering with companies that are at the cutting edge of spacecraft deployment. We’ve loved working with Sidus so far and are excited about their future plans.”

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