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Slingshot Aerospace Adds to Optical Portfolio with Dual Acquisitions

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AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 4, 2022 — Space technology company Slingshot Aerospace has acquired Numerica’s Space Domain Awareness (SDA) division and U.K.-based Seradata. Numerica’s SDA division includes what it claims to be the world’s only commercial low Earth orbit to geosynchronous orbit daytime and nighttime optical sensor network for satellite tracking. The acquisition of Seradata brings its SpaceTrak satellite and launch database into Slingshot’s portfolio and establishes a presence in the European market.
A portion of the former Numerica SDA sensor network in Spain, acquired by Slingshot. Courtesy of Slingshot Aerospace.
A portion of the former Numerica SDA sensor network in Spain, acquired by Slingshot. Courtesy of Slingshot Aerospace.
The acquisition Numerics’s SDA division provides Slingshot with an autonomous global network of proprietary sensors and software, comprising more than 150 sensors and 30 telescopes across 20 locations around the world, as well as two offices in Colorado. The sensor network has locations on five continents. The network observes tens of thousands of objects from satellites to debris and provides around-the-clock optical tracking, regardless of the presence of daylight.

Together, the acquisitions accelerate the development of Slingshot Digital Space Twin, a virtualization of the space operating environment that fuses data from multiple sources to provide an accurate, live, historical, and future representation of objects in orbit, space weather such as geomagnetic storms, and the radio frequency spectrum. The acquisitions also enhance Slingshot’s space traffic coordination product, Slingshot Beacon, used to provide data to prevent collisions between satellites.

Photonics.com
Aug 2022
GLOSSARY
optical communications
The transmission and reception of information by optical devices and sensors.
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