Eight years, almost to the day, after NorthStar Earth and Space founder and CEO Stewart Bain spoke at the first Canadian SmallSat Symposium about his vision on the importance of Space Situational Awareness (SSA), the companies first four satellites we’re launched earlier today.
The launch at at 1:34 a.m. EST (19:34 NZDT / 06:34 UTC) from the Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand appeared flawless.
On LinkedIn Bain said this in part of the launch, “So proud of our NorthStar Earth & Space team after this successful launch into orbit this morning. Commercial Space Based SSA is now here.” He included the image below of the staff watching the launch in Montreal.
In a press release Rocket Lab said the Electron rocket deployed the four SSA “satellites to a 530km circular Earth orbit where the satellites, built and operated by Spire, will monitor near-Earth objects from space to provide timely and precise information for space object detection, tracking, orbit determination, collision avoidance, navigation, and proximity alerts.”
The satellites launched today are the first four of a planned initial 12 SSA satellite constellation. In December the company announced its latest round of funding of $20 million, bringing the total funds raised in 2023 by the company to $67 million.
Watch a replay of the launch of the Rocket Lab “Four of a Kind” electron launch.