CEO Melanie Stricklan says the acquisitions will help expand Slingshot’s footprint in the commercial and government space markets
WASHINGTON – Slingshot Aerospace, a data analytics company that develops simulations of the space environment, on August 3 announced that it has acquired the space business of Numerica and Seradata, a UK-based space data analysis company.
The value of the purchases was not disclosed. Melanie Stricklan, co-founder and CEO of Slingshot Aerospace, said both transactions have cleared regulatory approvals and the companies officially merged their operations on Aug. 1.
Founded in 2017, Slingshot is based in El Segundo, California; and Austin, Texas. numeric located in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, Colorado. Only Numerica’s spatial domain awareness division was sold to Slingshot. Numerica’s air and missile defense divisions will continue to operate as usual.
These acquisitions will help Slingshot expand its footprint in the commercial and government space markets, Stricklan said. One of its main products is a digital space twin – a virtual space environment built with data from multiple sources. The company also offers a space traffic coordination service called Slingshot Beacon.
Slingshot now owns Numerica’s network of ground-based telescopes that track space objects during the day and night. That network includes 150 sensors and 30 telescopes in 20 countries around the globe. According to Numerica, its sensors can track satellites and debris as small as 10 centimeters. The company sells data as a service to the US government and commercial satellite operators.
With the acquisition of Seradata, Slingshot is absorbing that of the company SpaceTrak satellite and launch database, and establishing a foothold in the UK and European markets. The SpaceTrak database and analytics platform covers all launches and satellites since Sputnik in 1957,
The combined capabilities of Slingshot, Numerica and Seradata will provide customers with higher quality data and insights, Stricklan said. “Today, satellite operators across the commercial, civil and defense sectors rely on siled tools and data that significantly limit the efficiency of day-to-day operations.”
A major driver of these acquisitions is the need for better data and technology in support of space sustainability, Stricklan said. “The exponential growth of launch and satellite activities requires reliable data and insights to guide safe operations in space and protect our modern way of life.”