Alum Javier Romualdez builds StarSpec’s reputation in the growing commercial space industry

UTIAS alumnus, Javier Romualdez (PhD Graduate), founded StarSpec Technologies to enable technology developers, science leaders, and industry innovators to push the frontiers of emerging suborbital and satellite-based applications. His leadership team includes Steven Li (UTIAS MASc Graduate) and John Hartley (AST PhD Graduate).

In September 2020, the satellite and space hardware company commissioned Canada’s first fully commercial suborbital and space-based assembly, manufacturing, and testing facility. This would mean rapid movement for our technology leaders in the growing commercial space industry.

Located in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, this facility will serve as a primary base for integration and real-time operations of StarSpec’s large NASA-contracted suborbital payloads, as well as technology development and manufacturing of space-based imaging hardware for LEO SmallSats. From this facility, StarSpec also looks forward to the launch of its InspireSat product line, which will enable fast and at-scale access to critical components used for high-res Earth-imaging satellites in support of emerging critical infrastructure, surveillance, and climate monitoring application.

StarSpec’s goal is to meet the needs of new space applications at every scale—from individual components and modular flight software to partnerships on fully-integrated payloads from concept to launch.


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