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LeoLabs and ClearSpace partner for safer space environment

The companies have signed MoU recognising their shared vision for a safe and sustainable space ecosystem.
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LeoLabs, the commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management services, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ClearSpace, the in-orbit satellite servicing company.

The MoU recognises the two companies’ shared vision of a safe and sustainable space ecosystem and their mutual efforts in making this vision a reality. It also serves as a formal declaration of LeoLabs’ and ClearSpace’s 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 programmes. In addition, they have agreed to exchange advisory board appointments, with LeoLabs’ Dr Darren McKnight joining ClearSpace’s Advisory Board and Dr Timothy Maclay from ClearSpace becoming a member of LeoLabs’ Commercial Strategic Advisory Board.

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

Luc Piguet, CEO and Co-founder of ClearSpace, added“With the acceleration of commercial space activity, the industry is developing approaches to create a more circular space ecosystem. 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.”

This strategic partnership between LeoLabs and ClearSpace is a milestone in the development of effective, multi-faceted strategies to address the growing debris problem in space and mitigate the risks posed to operational spacecraft.