ClearSpace and LeoLabs partner to advance a safer, more sustainable space environment

ClearSpace and LeoLabs partner to advance a safer, more sustainable space environment

Industry leaders sign a memorandum of understanding recognizing their shared vision for a safe and sustainable space ecosystem and their mutual efforts in making this vision a reality.

Renens, Switzerland; Menlo Park, CA, USA – April 3rd, 2023. ClearSpace, the in-orbit satellite servicing company announced today a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with LeoLabs, the world’s leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Traffic Management (STM) services. The MOU recognizes the two companies’ shared vision of a safe and sustainable space ecosystem and their mutual efforts in making this vision a reality.

This strategic partnership comes at a time when both companies are finding commercial success within government and industrial markets. In 2022, for example, ClearSpace received a Phase B demo contract from the UK Space Agency to demonstrate its active debris removal technology and LeoLabs received a contract to help support the development of a US, civil-led STM prototype from the US Department of Commerce.

The partnership announced today signals a desire to build on this mutual success and previous collaborative efforts, such as the joint LEO Kinetic Space Safety Workshop — hosted in May 2022 at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne). The MOU also serves as a formal declaration of ClearSpace and LeoLabs’ intent to work together on several new initiatives. These initiatives include thought leadership opportunities that promote space safety and responsible stewardship of the space environment, as well as business opportunities that promote their services and programs. In addition, they have agreed to exchange advisory board appointments, with Dr. Timothy Maclay from ClearSpace becoming a member of LeoLabs’ Commercial Strategic Advisory Board and LeoLabs’ Dr. Darren McKnight joining ClearSpace’s Advisory Board.

With the acceleration of commercial space activity, the industry is developing approaches to create a more circular space ecosystem,” said ClearSpace CEO and Co-founder Luc Piguet. “LeoLabs is providing data and services that are critical to operational safety, and we are excited to be working with them to address comprehensively the complex challenges of space safety and sustainability.”

As the traffic in low Earth orbit grows, innovative, scalable solutions are needed, including active debris removal technologies and in-orbit servicing,” said LeoLabs CEO Dan Ceperley. “ClearSpace is an industry leader in both, and we’re proud to kick off a partnership with them to build a safer, more sustainable future in space.”

This strategic partnership between ClearSpace and LeoLabs — two dynamic, innovative players in the industry — will catalyze the development of effective, multi-faceted strategies to address the growing debris problem in space and mitigate the risks posed to operational spacecraft.

About ClearSpace

ClearSpace, an in-orbit servicing (IOS) company created in 2018, intends on revolutionizing how space missions are conducted. ClearSpace is creating the technologies that will support a wide range of IOS applications, from disposal and in-orbit transport to mission extension, assembly, manufacturing, repair, and recycling. ClearSpace aims to support institutions and commercial operators alike, to enhance sustainable space operations and promote a circular space economy. In 2020, the company was awarded a service contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop ClearSpace-1, using state of the art technology and advanced in-orbit techniques to demonstrate the feasibility of removing debris from orbit. The ClearSpace-1 mission is also supported by Elite Partner Omega. ClearSpace is growing rapidly with teams in Switzerland, the UK, Germany, and Luxembourg, and is actively engaged in the initial phases of two other in-orbit servicing missions.

ClearSpace Media Contact

Email: [email protected] 
Phone: +41 78 211 93 33

About LeoLabs

LeoLabs is transforming the way satellite operators, commercial enterprises, and federal agencies across the world launch and track missions in low-Earth orbit. Through its vertically integrated technology system, Vertex™, LeoLabs delivers the superior information needed to succeed in today’s space race. With unmatched LEO coverage, real-time tracking and powerful insights, companies and governments rely on LeoLabs to safely innovate and execute a wide array of operations in space.

LeoLabs Media Contact

Mary Devincenzi
Steele Alloy Communications
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 408-761-4285

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