There are reports that specific company Kayhan Space, a Colorado-based company, wants to be an air traffic control for satellites in orbit. The venture holds a lot of promise as being one of the few companies to tackle this problem. The company results from a passion project by two friends Araz Feyzi and Siamak Hesar from Iran. Both founders are immigrants from Iran who flew in on an exchange program to finish their college education. Their innovative idea hopes to take care of coming problems in space expedition that will reduce collisions in space leading to the destruction of multimillion-dollar investments.
Current figures of the total number of satellites in space place them at 8,000 in a lower orbit. However, the number is set to rise, especially if Amazon’s plan to launch 3,236 satellites is successful. Moreover, SpaceX announced its interest in deploying 30,000 more satellites into space to help develop its communicating network. There is a looming safety problem due to the increased number of satellites floating in the air without monitoring. There are high chances that orbiting satellites will collide, resulting in debris falling to Earth and risking high capacity damage.
The company’s founders connected while trying to solve a problem before it starts. Hesar is a student at the University of Southern California in Aeronautics, doing his master’s degree. He is also doing his doctorate in astrological engineering at the University of Colorado. Hesar is a past intern at the NASA Jet propulsion laboratory and has experience in situational awareness and Systems control technology working at SpaceNav and Blue Canyon Technologies.
On the other hand, Feyzi is a business guru specializing in startups. Feyzi’s achievements include laying the groundwork for Syfer, an Atlanta based company dealing in developing innovations to improve online security for IoT devices. By integrating the expertise from their respective lines of work, Feyzi and Hesar birthed the idea of a cloud-based algorithm Capable of predicting possible collisions in space. This innovation allows them to alert satellite operators of potential threats in collisions that occur in low- orbit.
Both founders confirm that assigning the work to software is not possible. This occurrence is because of a lack of international standards in satellite technology worldwide. They provide an example of a Russian military satellite on a collision course with a US-based satellite; the software cannot predict and decide in time to avoid a collision. However, there is a need for a universally accepted monitoring body capable of predicting and providing solutions to both sides when required. the Startup is only in its initial stages but holds great promise to the Future of exploration and communication to satellites