Solstar Space Co., last year’s Inno Madness champion, lands contract to test space technology

Last year, New Mexico Inno ran a competition called Inno Madness which pitted 16 New Mexico startups against one another in a bracket-style challenge. Readers voted on which startup should advance through each round of the competition and eventually settled on two — Albuquerque’s Build with Robots and Santa Fe’s Solstar Space Co.

Solstar Space Co. CEO Brian Barnett
Brian Barnett is CEO of Solstar Space Co., a Santa Fe-based company working on a pair of products to provide internet connectivity for astronauts in space.

A phase one technology transfer contract through the Department of the Air Force will help Santa Fe-based Solstar Space Co. test one of its new space connectivity products.

The company on Wednesday announced that it received the three-month, $75,000 contract to further its Slayton Space Communicator. It’s one of a few technologies currently under development by Solstar.

The Slayton product is essentially a broadband network device that allows constant high-speed uplink and downlink data relays on various space assets that range from satellites to space stations to lunar habitats.


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