Press Release 10.3.2022

Aurora Propulsion Technologies and Kayhan Space Partner to Launch Proact™

Finnish propulsion company partners with the growing space company to launch Proact™ in 2022

Espoo, Finland – March 10, 2022 – Aurora Propulsion Technologies and Kayhan Space and have partnered to develop Proact™, an intuitive, integrated, and fully autonomous collision avoidance system that is capable of identifying and analyzing collision threats, as well as automating a collision avoidance maneuver integrated with propulsion technology that fires on command.

“We are excited to partner with Aurora Propulsion Technologies to increase access to fully integrated propulsion systems, and to promote space safety and sustainability by equipping all satellites with reliable propulsion capabilities,” said Dr. Siamak Hesar, CEO and Co-Founder of Kayhan Space. “Aurora’s propulsion capabilities integrated with Kayhan’s autonomous collision detection and avoidance system is an effective tool for avoiding high risk conjunction events, the frequency of which will only increase as the space economy continues to develop.”

Roope Takala, CEO of Aurora Propulsion Technologies, commented, “Aurora is extremely pleased to work together with Kayhan Space in creating an all-in-one product for spacecraft collision avoidance. Kayhan Space’s conjunction detection and avoidance service and Aurora’s matchbox sized, water-based thrusters will make collision avoidance possible, simple and safe for any satellite project. As the development of the regulatory environment in Europe moves toward requiring collision avoidance capabilities, we want to ensure compliance is as easy as possible. By providing a standard way to mitigate issues with space debris accumulation.”

Aurora Propulsion Technologies Media Contact:

Timo Mustonen | +358 40 554 4410 | timo.mustonen@aurorapt.fi

Kayhan Space Media Contact:

Jennifer Demartini | jennifer@kayhan.space

About Aurora Propulsion Technologies:

Aurora Propulsion Technologies is a Finnish company dedicated to creating scalable solutions and services for small spacecraft movement and lifecycle control. The company has an existing array of different propulsion products, including single resistojet thrusters, aurora resistojet modules, aurora plasma brakes and electric solar wind sail technology.

Aurora Propulsion Technologies’ mission is to ensure sustainable use of space, whilst prolonging the useful lifespan of satellites. Our technologies enable effective and prompt implementation of satellite position and orientation to ensure successful execution and growth for the owners’ business as well as the safe and reliable deorbiting of satellites at the end of their useful life. The long-term mission goal is deep space exploration with microsatellite-sized probes using a revolutionary means of propulsion, an electric sail. Visit Aurora Propulsion Technologies at www.aurorapt.fi.

About Kayhan Space:

Kayhan Space is on a mission to make spaceflight safer by building next-generation autonomous spaceflight capabilities. Every aspect of modern life – from global supply chains to agriculture, to defense – is dependent on space-based technologies. A catastrophic collision in orbit can disrupt trillion-dollar industries that rely on space to operate. Rapidly increasing congestion in orbit, coupled with the lack of universally agreed-upon “rules of the road” is significantly increasing the risk of such events.

Kayhan is building autonomous tools so operators can coordinate avoidance maneuvers that are safe for all spacecraft and optimized with all operators’ missions in mind, reducing the response time to collision events by more than 95%. With more than 10x growth in the number of satellites in the next decade, the risk of satellites colliding with each other is rapidly increasing. To mitigate the risk of a collision, multiple satellite operators need to coordinate their collision avoidance maneuvers. But the rapid increase in collision risk and increasing frequency of short-notice alerts mean coordination between operators can no longer be done effectively with humans in the loop. We recently announced the launch of Kayhan Pathfinder – a coordinated autonomous satellite collision avoidance system – that optimizes response efforts to potential collision events by eliminating delays and human errors from the critical path of response.

Learn more at https://kayhan.space.