Understanding what is happening in orbit, now and in the near future, is increasingly important to commercial and military interests, and Slingshot Aerospace has positioned itself at the center of this rapidly evolving space. Co-Founder and CEO Melanie Stricklan will join us at TC Sessions: Space on December 6 to talk about simulating Earth’s busy orbital environment.
Slingshot bills itself as the provider of a “real-time digital spacescape,” synthesizing multiple data sources to produce an accurate picture of what, where, when, and what things might look like in any given second. The company’s space “digital twin” includes not only active satellites but also orbital debris, space weather such as solar flares and other transient events, and physics simulation. This data is used not only for collision avoidance, but also for launch planning, training cadets and engineers with space curiosity, etc.
Stricklan herself came from a military background, having served as an officer in the Air Force before taking on roles in the burgeoning space industry. As such, she certainly understands very clearly the importance and sticking points in space-related intelligence and monitoring processes. The company raised $25 million in March and was awarded a Space Force contract for the same amount later that month.
He has also seen how the military, aerospace, and technology sectors are dominated by men with particular backgrounds, and has taken steps to ensure that Slingshot doesn’t fall into the same trap. The company was one of the first to sign the Space Workforce 2030 pledge, in which signatories regularly report hard numbers on diversity and work to create systemic change. It’s already happening, too: Stricklan told me at Space Symposium this year that the company is at gender parity and hopes it stays that way.
The fast-moving world of orbital simulations and tracking, as well as the changing landscape of the space economy, will be the topics of our fireside chat at TC Sessions: Space.
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