Kayhan is updating the Pathfinder spaceflight safety platform
LOGAN, Utah – Kayhan Space, a spaceflight safety company, is expanding its product line to address collision threats between launch vehicles and satellites with or without propulsion.
As traffic increases on popular orbits, Kayhan is updating its Pathfinder platform, which provides connectivity assessment and autonomous collision avoidance services. More than a dozen customers have signed up for Pathfinder’s subscription-based platform, including Capella Space, Lynk Global and Globalstar, Kayhan announced at the Small Satellite Conference.
“The reception of Pathfinder has been strong and we hope to sign up many more operators given the new capabilities,” said Araz Feizi, co-founder and chief technology officer of Kayhan Space. SpaceNews.
The latest version of Pathfinder is designed for satellites with different types of engines, as well as for spacecraft without onboard engines.
“If the satellite has no engine, but can change its attitude and drag profile, we recommend maneuvers that can significantly reduce the risk of collision,” Feizi said. “It’s a difficult problem, but it’s a real problem. There are thousands of satellites flying without the ability to do an evasive maneuver.’
Kayhan also sells orbit distribution software that the company developed for internal use.
“Kayhan Eagle orbits both Earth and the cylindric medium for thousands of objects in 14 days in a matter of seconds,” Feizi said.
Gamut, Kayhan’s latest product, helps launch service providers define safe launch windows.
“If you want to make sure that the first and second stages of your spacecraft and all payload components are collision-proof, you can pre-test your mission for connections,” said Feizi.
Gamut’s software can indicate, for example, when a launch at a certain time might threaten the International Space Station or collide with space debris.
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