Santa Fe Firm to Provide Communication Technology for NASA Space Mission

A Santa Fe startup founded in 2017 will provide wireless technology to Northrop Grumman that will be used on NASA’s Habitation and Logistics Outpost module which is scheduled for a 2024 launch.

Designed to be smaller than a laptop, Solstar Space Co.’s “mission critical” wireless access point will be mounted inside the module — known as HALO — and provide a WiFi network to help an astronaut communicate with those at ground control, in spacecraft or stationed on the lunar surface, said Mark Matossian, Solstar’s co-founder.

“It will securely connect WiFi-enabled components including computers and IoT sensors, creating a collection of space-based networked devices,” Matossian said in a news release.

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Solstar Space is the leading commercial space-based connectivity company pioneering the use of persistent communications services for all types of on-orbit assets including satellites, space stations, launch vehicles, and more. We provide an internet connection between spacecraft and Earth-based payload managers, satellite operators, and enable communications for crewed missions in sub-orbit, LEO, and cis-lunar and lunar surface operations.

Our fast, reliable services, space-tested routers, WiFi access points and hotspots, and space-based satellite data relays are being developed to deliver on-orbit connectivity and are supported by 24/7 customer care. These devices are installed on satellites and spacecraft prior to launch to keep crew, spacecraft, and Earth-based satellite operations teams connected. Visit

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