Solstar is developing satellite communications terminals (Space Communicator routers) that will integrate easily into smallsats and spacecraft before launch, to provide a two-way commercial internet link between the spacecraft and the owners/operators of the satellites on Earth. Solstar will activate the space communicators for our customers and provide economical, 24/7 convenient airtime services. Our services include voice, data, and internet-based communications services delivered to our customers’ desktop or smartphone. 

Our Space Communicators are modular devices that easily integrate into a satellite design to provide vital global narrowband and broadband communications independent of downlink sites.

Solstar is a Mobile Satellite Services company specializing in the Internet of things and people in Space

Pioneering the testing and demonstration of using existing commercial communications satellite networks in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) and GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit). We provide space-to-space communications on spacecraft and bi-directional two-way data services for payloaders. NASA awarded Solstar a Space Act Agreement (SAA) in 2013 to demonstrate and mature this technology. Through the SAA, we have successfully demonstrated commercial two-way payload data service technology on three suborbital flights through the Flight Opportunities Program (FOP). We flew our Schmitt Space Communicator SC-1x prototype payload twice on Blue Origin’s New Shephard in 2018 where we demonstrated our WiFi hot spot service inside the crew capsule that can be used by WiFi-enabled payloads and payload specialists. This feat was so historic, the Schmitt Space Communicator is at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum to be displayed in its new "Space Age Gallery" (tentative opening in 2025) Solstar’s data communications technologies are enabling and catalyzing further commercial activity in orbit through two-way commercial communications for payloaders and payload specialists; increasing, enabling, and revolutionizing the way space research is conducted in orbit, from the ground; Enhancing the ability for researchers to conduct and interact with experiments in-flight. Reducing risk and increasing the success of space research for a broad range of science categories, including crewed research.

Customer and Fit

Customers operating spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that need immediate notification of spacecraft anomalies and worldwide recovery commanding capability.

Market Fit

LEO satellite communications are typically limited to scheduled passes over downlink stations - for just a few minutes/pass. Solstar’s service enables access to US space-based commercial telecom infrastructure to relay critical burst data communications.