HEO Robotics’ Software-First Approach to Space Sustainability and Safety

The proliferation of space debris, the increasing complexity of space operations, the emergence of large constellations and the increased risks of collision and interference with the operation of space objects may affect the long-term sustainability of space activities. As we continue to rely on the services provided by satellites, the need for sustainable and safe practices amongst the industry is essential. At HEO Robotics, we don’t just preach the safe and sustainable use of outer space, we are built on it. We are proud to adopt a software-first approach that supports space sustainability and fosters collaboration opportunities with other space companies.

Instead of launching our own hardware into space, we work closely with existing space companies to access their sensors during their downtime. Through this partnership, we provide unobstructed views of the near-Earth environment from space and deliver analytics to customers on objects of interest through our software platform, HEO Inspect. By doing so, we are not only reducing the number of satellites that are launched into orbit but also making the most of existing resources. This approach reduces the environmental impact of space operations and helps to promote sustainable practices within the industry.

Our technology enables us to inspect, monitor, verify, and identify space objects, which is critical for ensuring the safety and longevity of space operations. We believe that non-Earth imaging (NEI) will continue to increase knowledge and understanding about the space environment for operators, reducing debris risk and increasing stability. Our hybrid space architecture provides independent, credible assurance for debris removal missions, enhances communication, avoids surprises or suspicion, and empowers customers to extend the life of space assets, reducing the risk of malfunction.

Through design and operation of NEI, HEO Robotics is influencing and creating best practice in an emerging area of space activities. We are providing information on space debris re-entering Earth and unknown objects to other satellite operators and governments, to contribute to a safer and more sustainable space industry.

The presence of commercial imaging capabilities encourages responsible behaviour from others by increasing transparency. We continuously share intelligence with governments and other satellite operators to maintain the database of space objects to reflect newly discovered identities and characteristics of space objects. We aim to promote open communication and collaboration within the industry to ensure that everyone has access to the information they need to make informed decisions and hope to encourage others to stop doing uncontrolled re-entries. We believe that by working together, we can create a safer, more sustainable, and more prosperous space industry for generations to come.

Our hybrid space architecture is critical for promoting space sustainability and safety. By collaborating with other space companies, using existing resources, and sharing intelligence transparently, we are contributing to a more sustainable and safer space industry. As the industry continues to grow and evolve, we remain committed to meet the needs of the present generations while preserving the outer space environment for future generations.