SCOUT Space (Eight Continent Technologies)

We are building the first in-space observation service for high-value space infrastructure and assets.

Created: 2020-05-03

Updated: 2023-09-03

Founded
Country
2018
USA
Funding
$5.5M
Website
Scout Space
Social
SCOUT Space (Eight Continent Technologies)

Product/Service

Classification
Miscellaneous
Category
Space Situational Awareness (SSA)
In-Orbit Inspection
In-Space Situational Awareness
Hardware
Fields
In-Orbit Inspection
Status
Development
First launch
2021

SCOUT is developing small, inexpensive satellites to perform in-space inspections of large, expensive satellites.

We enable operations where spacecraft detect, identify, and refine models for observed objects to gather deeper insight and enable autonomous operations. Our software will help SpaceCraft Observe and Understand Things around them (SCOUT).

**SCOUT-Sat **and Sentry-Sat will enable on-demand, on-site inspections for space assets.

  • SCOUT-Sats are small satellites built for rendezvous & proximity ops (RPO) and inspections. Our SCOUT-Sat constellation will enable sustainable access to anything in GEO within 6 hours.
  • Sentry-Sats will serve as “24-hour security cameras” for real-time surveillance and situational awareness.
  • Our inspection services will be available in 2022, and regulatory approvals are in progress.

SCOUT will launch a SCOUT-Vision payload on Orbit Fab’s Tanker-001 Tenzing fuel depot, scheduled to ride to orbit aboard a Spaceflight Inc. Sherpa orbital transfer vehicle (OTV) on an upcoming SpaceX Falcon 9 mission later 2021. The hosted payload is a demonstration mission of SCOUT’s in-orbit inspection capability and the collaboration provides tangible evidence of Orbit Fab and SCOUT’s alignment and shared commitment to the satellite servicing ecosystem. Once on orbit, SCOUT-Vision will be available to inspect spacecraft in LEO SSO with operator consent, and SCOUT has already initiated conversations with a number of organizations that wish to access images of their spacecraft.

SCOUT-Vision’s first deployment is a new, exciting step in autonomous spaceflight operations. The system’s situational awareness capabilities enable Tenzing to detect, identify, and model observed objects it encounters in orbit. As SCOUT develops their SCOUT-Vision system, they’re working to add features for relative navigation and collision avoidance that reduce risk for operators like Orbit Fab.

Startup Scout Space announced Nov. 16 it has won a U.S. Air Force contract to integrate data from satellites and ground sensors that monitor objects in orbit. The company will seek to demonstrate that data collected in space — combined with data from traditional ground sensors — significantly improves the accuracy of space debris tracking and can help predict collisions. The two-year old startup based in Alexandria, Virginia, hopes that the $50,000 Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award will lead to bigger contracts for a space-monitoring service it is developing in partnership with Kayhan Space, another startup focused on space traffic management and collision avoidance software. 

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