With the advent of mega constellations being launched by companies like OneWeb and SpaceX, and reusable rockets lowering the cost of launches, humanity is on the brink of a massive space expansion.
Recent projections show as many as 8,000 satellites being launched over the next decade, a 7.5x increase in Low Earth Orbit. Our vision is to organize and facilitate this increased human activity in Earth orbit and beyond.
SpaceBridge Logistics was formed to address the following in-space obstacles:
Lack of protocols for space asset ownership and transfer
Currently, there is not a standard way for objects to interact in space, which is critical for space servicing to develop as an industry and for humanity to expand throughout the solar system.
Limited ability to capture, repair, and upgrade space assets
Space assets are designed with multiple layers of redundancy to operate years without a tune-up or upgrade, and cannot be serviced. Breaking this old way of thinking will make satellites less expensive, longer lasting, and able to incorporate the latest technology.
Space debris buildup and collision risk
As more objects are launched into space, our orbit is becoming more and more cluttered with inactive objects. Unfortunately, there is very little incentive for any individual organization to clean up this debris. If left unchecked, the space debris problem could become a serious limiting factor to space expansion.
space asset supply chain ecosystem
SpaceBridge Logistics is bridging the hardware and software worlds to provide the underlying protocols for a decentralized marketplace for in-space services.
Within this decentralized marketplace, each grapple target, upgrade port, and refueling valve in space is linked with a unique blockchain address and owner. This will lead to more accurate and defensible contract execution. Such a blockchain registry is critical for a widespread in-space servicing adoption.
1) Register Space Assets
SpaceBridge is initially focused on one simple thing: make every satellite serviceable.
2) Perform Missions & Grow Marketplace
Working with Service Providers, Launch Providers, Customers, Insurers, and Oracles, SpaceBridge will offer a marketplace for in-space services. A Deorbit Service is demonstrated here in this graphic.
A percentage of funds generated from servicing contracts will be used to finance removal of space debris.
Roles of Spacebridge
Promote hardware protocols for space servicing
Track Space Assets
Leverage servicing standards to register and monitor space assets via software protocols
Incentivize an ecosystem of space servicing customers and suppliers to work together
Facilitate space servicing contracts among ecosystem participants
Clean Up Space Debris
Leverage funds generated from servicing contracts to finance removal of space debris
Objects being launched into LEO are growing exponentially – and so is demand for a common standard.
Hardware protocols are the bridge between space assets and the SBL blockchain platform.
- Universal grappling targets for orbit modification and satellite servicing
- A top LEO mega constellation operator has selected SBL’s grapple fixture to fly on their entire fleet of 1000+ satellites, putting this technology on 46% of all active assets in LEO.
- USB ports for your satellites. For upgrades and replacements.
- In 2018, NASA signed a contract to support development of this key technology.
- In 2019, MagTags will be tested on the International Space Station.
- Refueling ports for easy on-orbit refueling.
- In 2017, NASA agreed to support development of this standard.
- In 2018, a leading space launch company has partnered to explore using refueling valves on upcoming missions.
The SpaceBridge software platform will become the standard interface for all public and private space entities. Through this software interface, businesses will be able to manage assets, schedule and verify services, and transfer value seamlessly.
Within this platform, each grapple target, upgrade port, and refueling valve in space is linked with a unique blockchain address and owner. This blockchain registry will lead to more accurate and defensible contract execution, which is critical for a widespread in-space servicing adoption.
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The SpaceBridge Platform will use its own unique utility token to pay for all satellite servicing contracts executed on the network. This token will be built from the ground up to support in-space transactions in conjunction with space asset ownership/identity tracking.
The SpaceBridge Token will be used for the following services:
- Precision Orbit Placement
- Orbit Raises
- Orbit Lowering
- In-space Delivery Services
- Station Keeping for GEO Satellites
- Replacing Damaged Satellite Components
- Upgrading Satellites
- In-Space Refueling
- FIX IT Components
- BUILD IT Construction Materials
- Satellites Before We MOVE IT
- Robotic Workers for Orbital Assembly/Construction Projects
MARKETPLACE IN ACTION
SpaceBridge is partnering with Altius Space Machines to lead the first generation of satellite servicing standards and vehicles. Additionally, over time we will be partnering with other top orbital service businesses to expand the size of our ecosystem and incentivize the adoption of a common hardware protocol layer.
Colin DoughanFounder & CEO
Chris FrondaFounder & CTO
Jewels Rossallini-CokerCEO of TeslaFintech, a Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, IIoT and Cryptocurrency technology company that provides Strategic Advisory Services to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and NGOs.
Michelle HanlonAssociate Director of the Air and Space Law LL.M program at the University of Mississippi School of Law and a founding partner of ABH Space Law
Caleb MitchellChief Engineer at DigitalGlobe, operating a commercial fleet of sophisticated earth imaging satellites
Fred SlaneExecutive Director the Space Infrastructure Foundation, developing space standards for a connected world
Jon GoffCEO of Altius Space Machines, a leading space tug developer
Kylen McClintockCo-Director of Blockchain for Sustainable Development, and Head of Proof of Impact at Flux IOT Blockchain for Sustainable Development
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