Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Sierra Space Axelerator to fast-track revolutionary defense tech

Sierra Space has announced the launch of Sierra Space Axelerator, an innovation-at-speed incubator that aims to fast-track the development of revolutionary defense technologies and mission solutions. The company is hoping that Axelerator will redefine industry standards by delivering cutting-edge products with unprecedented efficiency.

The first marvel to emerge from Axelerator is Sierra Space Ghost, a state-of-the-art space delivery system designed to safely return objects from space and through space directly to precise locations on Earth.

This state-of-the-art system utilizes a low beta reentry vehicle and deployable decelerator technology, representing a significant advancement in space logistics and recovery operations.

With Ghost, payloads can be delivered anywhere in the world in just 90 minutes or less, making it a highly responsive space-based system that does not require a fixed infrastructure. The most impressive aspect of Ghost is that it was developed and tested in just 90 days, showcasing Axelerator’s rapid prototyping and development capabilities.

Sierra Space is also unveiling Spectre, a revolutionary satellite. It’s designed specifically for precision rendezvous and proximity operations in space. Spectre embodies the pinnacle of innovation and is equipped to perform complex tasks in a challenging space environment with unmatched accuracy and flexibility. Scheduled for launch in late 2025, Spectre is poised to set new benchmarks for satellite technology.

The third breakthrough Sierra Space‘s Accelerator incubator announced is Sierra Black OS, developed with advanced AI-enabled operating system capabilities that can seamlessly operate across space, air, and ground systems. The release of STAR (Sierra Toolkit for Autonomous Rendezvous), an RPO software module, demonstrates the system’s capabilities, providing unparalleled operational intelligence and autonomy for space missions.

“With Axelerator, Sierra Space is not just imagining the future. We are actively building it,” said Sierra Space CEO Tom Vice. “Our new products – Ghost, Spectre, and Sierra Black OS – are a testament to our commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and driving innovation at the speed of thought. We are proud to contribute to the defense sector with technologies that will shape the future for decades to come.”

The Axelerator incubator is part of Sierra Space’s Orbital Missions and Services group, founded in 2023 to focus on revolutionary new national security solutions. The recent $740 million prime contract awarded by the Space Development Agency for Tranche 2 satellites is especially noteworthy, given the need for global missile threat detection and tracking.

Sierra Space is committed to innovating quickly and affordably to address national security challenges in our rapidly changing world.