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February 12, 2024

The Saudi Space Agency and NorthStar Earth & Space Partner on Space Situational Awareness to Enhance Space Sustainability

Collaboration focuses on the development of the Kingdom’s space industry to address immediate challenges to preserve the space environment.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 12th, 2024 – NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. (“NorthStar”), a first-in-class leader in the delivery of commercial space-based Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services to enhance space sustainability and security, and the Saudi Space Agency, a governmental entity aiming to enhance the Kingdom’s position to be a leading regional and international centre in the field of space science and technology, today announced the signing of a  strategic agreement to advance the global reach of Space Situational Awareness capabilities to the Middle East, improve resident space object tracking, and further opportunities in the sector to include Saudi Space Agency.

The partnership was formalised by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Al Tamimi, CEO of the Saudi Space Agency and Mr. Stewart Bain, CEO of NorthStar at the Space Debris Conference in Riyadh.

The partnership supports the growth of Saudi Arabia’s space industry and will explore opportunities for the realization of a Centre of Excellence for Space Situational Awareness in the Kingdom. Focus will be directed towards sustainability of the space environment using state-of-the-art object tracking systems, including sensing technologies such as optical, radar, and radio frequency systems together with advanced data analytics. Attention will be also given to possible collaboration in the manufacturing of satellites to enhance Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management.

Further, NorthStar will explore the potential for a business presence in Saudi Arabia to expand their global services, localize the development of advanced space technologies, and strengthen synergies with local universities and research centres.

“Collaboration with emerging space nations that have prioritized sustainability is a priority for NorthStar”, said Stewart Bain. “After our successful launch of the world’s first commercial space based SSA constellation, Saudi Arabia presents an excellent opportunity for NorthStar to rapidly expand its international presence in this region.”

February 1, 2024

NorthStar is pleased to announce the successful launch of the first four of our SSA satellites

NORTHSTAR – 1

Launched January 31, 2024

 

The dawn of a new age in Space Situational Awareness

Mahia, New Zealand, February 1st, 2024 – NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. (“NorthStar”), a first-in-class leader in the delivery of commercial space-based SSA (Space Situational Awareness) services to enhance space sustainability and security, today announces the successful launch of NorthStar-1, the first four of its SSA satellites from the Rocket Lab Launch Complex in Mahia, New Zealand on January 31st, 2024, at 19:34 NZDT / 06:34 UTC with an imposed shortened launch window to avoid other space objects during the early launch phase. 

Aboard Rocket Lab’s second ‘return to flight’ launch and first launch of 2024, NorthStar has paved the way to the delivery of commercial space-based SSA observations of over 128 million resident space objects with a concept of operations that will provide more precise and comprehensive coverage simultaneously in all near-Earth LEO, MEO, and GEO regimes.   

The NorthStar-1 launch of the world’s first dedicated space-based SSA satellites is part of a movement towards a new era of space safety, sustainability, and security, radically changing humanity’s interaction with the fragile space environment. NorthStar’s unique services are the result of a highly challenging technical collaboration across multiple disciplines including astrophysics, orbit dynamics, systems engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence, algorithm and software development.  This endeavour has drawn talent from around the world to NorthStar’s head office in Montreal and subsidiaries in McLean, Virginia and their European HQ in Luxembourg. 

“I am intensely proud of our NorthStar team on this landmark occasion,” said Stewart Bain, CEO and Founder of NorthStar. “This mission is the first of its kind and is the physical manifestation of a decade long dream to deliver hope to future generations of space enthusiasts and to all of us who every day depend on a sustainable and clean space environment for the wellbeing of our planet.  Special thanks are owed to the NorthStar team, our stakeholders, and partners at Rocket Lab, Spire, and ExoLaunch for achieving this smooth ride into orbit.  Shortening the launch window to avoid other space objects heightens the importance of our mission.  Now, the work begins at NorthStar to deliver the services to our eagerly awaiting clients. Our industry can start now to change the way we manage our essential space environment.”  

In step-by-step sequence, the key stages of the launch successfully progressed as follows:  

Liftoff Jan 31 at T0 06:34 UTC

Main Engine Cutoff at T0+2:25 

1st Stage separation at T0+2:28 

2nd Stage Engine ignition at T0+2:31 

Payload Fairing separation at T0+3:07 

At this point the launch vehicle is above the atmosphere and the spacecraft can be exposed to the space environment 

1st Stage drogue parachute deployment at T0+7:08 

The purpose of this parachute is to slow down the stage to subsonic speeds 

1st Stage main parachute deployment at T0+8:00 

2nd Stage Engine cutoff at T0+9:20 

2nd Stage separation at T0+9:24 

1st Stage splashdown expected by T0+18:04 

1st Stage is recovered by ship for refurbishment and reuse 

3rd Stage (Kick Stage) Engine ignition at T0+48:23 

Kick Stage Engine cutoff at T0+50:27 

Spacecraft deployed at T0+1:17:00  

Two spacecraft deployed first; the other two spacecraft deployed 45 seconds later 

All four spacecraft are identical, and in the same orbital plane 

About NorthStar:  

NorthStar Earth & Space was founded in 2015 by Telesystem, based in Montreal, and KinetX, a specialized engineering firm located in Arizona. It has 70 employees, including 50 in Canada. NorthStar is the first commercial service to monitor near-Earth orbits from space.  

NorthStar’s precise information services identify and anticipate the position of space objects to enhance spaceflight safety.   With headquarters in Montreal, Canada, a European headquarters in Luxembourg, and a dedicated US operation in McLean, Virginia, NorthStar addresses the ever-growing threat of space collisions as a major contribution to empower humanity to preserve our planet.  

For more information about NorthStar, visit northstar-data.com.   

For media inquiries, please contact ignacio.cires@northstar-data.com 

About Spire Global, Inc.  

Spire (NYSE: SPIR) is a global provider of space-based data, analytics and space services, offering unique datasets and powerful insights about Earth so that organizations can make decisions with confidence in a rapidly changing world. Spire builds, owns, and operates a fully deployed satellite constellation that observes the Earth in real time using radio frequency technology. The data acquired by Spire’s satellites provides global weather intelligence, ship and plane movements, and spoofing and jamming detection to better predict how their patterns impact economies, global security, business operations and the environment. Spire also offers Space as a Service solutions that empower customers to leverage its established infrastructure to put their business in space. Spire has nine offices across the U.S., Canada, UK, Luxembourg, Germany and Singapore. To learn more, visit spire.com. 

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January 8, 2024

NorthStar Earth & Space announces the inaugural launch of the world’s first commercial space-based SSA object tracking service

Turning the tide to address the immediate global need to augment space sustainability & security

Montreal January 8th, 2024 – NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. (“NorthStar”), a first-in-class leader in the delivery of space-based commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services to enhance space sustainability and security, today announces the launch window of the first four of its SSA satellites with Rocket Lab from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand for the “Four Of A Kind” mission no earlier than 18th January between 06:15-07:00 UTC.

The launch is the result of intense collaboration between NorthStar and its space industry leading partners that includes global provider of space-based data, analytics and space services  Spire Global, launch service provider Rocket Lab and mission integration and deployment specialists Exolaunch.

NorthStar’s commercial, space-based SSA service will provide “always on” continuous monitoring of resident space objects (RSO’s) in near-Earth LEO, MEO, and GEO.  NorthStar’s unique services will include manoeuvre detection, conjunction warning, and anomaly detection at a higher level of speed and precision than previously available from conventional systems. The company’s planned flight of 12 satellites by 2026 will increase coverage to greater than 60% of the near-Earth orbital sky at any given time and up to 100%, when used in collaboration with other sensors.​​

“NorthStar has patiently invested in the realization of an unprecedented turnkey SSA service designed to outperform the challenges of space congestion and security in space that are mounting exponentially every day,” emphasized Stewart Bain CEO and Founder of NorthStar. “This has been years in the making and NorthStar has benefited greatly from our ability to adapt with our partners at Spire, Rocket Lab, & Exolaunch and lessons learned with exposure to numerous Sprint Advanced Concept Training (SACT) exercises sponsored by the US Departments of Defence and Commerce, as well as frequent collaboration with a wide range of government and commercial partners in the US and Europe including Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio of the Space Alliance.”

The upcoming launch of NorthStar’s space situational awareness constellation symbolizes both a technological achievement and a reflection of how collaboration can have a significant impact on the sustainability of space,” said Peter Platzer, Spire Global CEO. “Through our Space as a Service model, we are proud to enable companies like NorthStar to bring to market solutions that address our biggest challenges on Earth and advance our understanding of space.”

Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck, says: “Accurate space object detection and collision avoidance requires SSA satellites in exact locations, and that kind of precise orbital deployment for small satellites is made possible by our Electron rocket. We’re delighted to help make NorthStar’s space-monitoring mission a reality with our dedicated launch service on Electron.”

NorthStar views the launch of its first dedicated SSA satellites as part of a movement towards an era of space safety, sustainability, and security, radically changing our interaction with space.  Stewart Bain has a clear vision and commitment: “NorthStar is proud to be at the forefront of this transformative movement, working with our partners in the space community to set a new standard for responsible and innovative operations that will serve to ensure for all the benefits of the space economy and a sustainable space environment.”

About NorthStar:

NorthStar Earth & Space was founded in 2015 by Telesystem, based in Montreal, and KinetX, a specialized engineering firm located in Arizona. It has 70 employees, including 50 in Canada. NorthStar is the first commercial service to monitor near-Earth orbits from space.

NorthStar’s precise information services identify and anticipate the position of space objects to enhance spaceflight safety.   With headquarters in Montreal, Canada, a European headquarters in Luxembourg, and a dedicated US operation in McLean, Virginia, NorthStar addresses the ever-growing threat of space collisions as a major contribution to empower humanity to preserve our planet.

For more information about NorthStar, visit northstar-data.com.

For media inquiries, please contact ignacio.cires@northstar-data.com

About Spire Global, Inc.

Spire (NYSE: SPIR) is a global provider of space-based data, analytics and space services, offering unique datasets and powerful insights about Earth so that organizations can make decisions with confidence in a rapidly changing world. Spire builds, owns, and operates a fully deployed satellite constellation that observes the Earth in real time using radio frequency technology. The data acquired by Spire’s satellites provides global weather intelligence, ship and plane movements, and spoofing and jamming detection to better predict how their patterns impact economies, global security, business operations and the environment. Spire also offers Space as a Service solutions that empower customers to leverage its established infrastructure to put their business in space. Spire has nine offices across the U.S., Canada, UK, Luxembourg, Germany and Singapore. To learn more, visit spire.com.

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December 28, 2023

NORTHSTAR EARTH & SPACE: FIRST-IN-CLASS WITH COMMERCIAL SPACE BASED SSA

This sponsored article was published in SpaceNews on December 28th, 2023.

Overview  

As concern about space sustainability advances globally, NorthStar Earth and Space (NorthStar) will soon bring a first-in-class Space-Based SSA satellite constellation into service that will provide unique insights from tracking where space objects are and how they behave, fueling multiple decisions across safety and security boundaries.  This information will improve decision-making for government and commercial space operators and enable decisions by entrepreneurs and regulators for future space missions like satellite servicing and other innovations in the space economy.   

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada with subsidiaries in Washington, D.C., and Luxembourg City, NorthStar was conceived from its early beginnings in 2012 as a global company, given widespread interest in leveraging the benefits of the space economy.   Aside from those major hubs, NorthStar has raised over $100m in investments from Canadian, European, and U.S. investors, in addition to commercial partnerships that extend the company’s reach to Asia, South Asia, and Australia.  NorthStar’s existing business has created high-tech jobs in areas ranging from astrodynamics to satellite design, software engineering, and imagery analysis, to name a few.  Its products have been designed for near-term use by government and commercial customers as well as to help drive innovative new capabilities that will be needed as the foundation of the space economy.   

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December 6, 2023

NorthStar Earth & Space closes CA$20 million Series D financing round to launch the world’s first space based SSA commercial service

NorthStar’s near-synoptic coverage of Earth orbits will help Space Sustainability

MONTREAL, December 6, 2023 /CNW Telbec/ – NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. (“NorthStar”) has closed a CA$20 million Series D funding round with investments from Telesystem Space Inc., the government of Quebec (through its affiliate Investissement Québec), and the Luxembourg Future Fund – Co-Investments SA.

Funds will support the company’s on-going operations to deploy the initial block of four satellites of NorthStar’s constellation to monitor space from space, commence commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services, and establish a data processing centre in Montreal that will process and deliver precision information to help track the location of satellites (over 11,000) and orbital debris (over 128 million).

NorthStar is the first in the world to operate a satellite constellation dedicated to addressing the rapidly increasing challenges of managing space traffic and the risk of collisions from uncontrolled orbital debris. These objects range in size from a small chip of paint weighing grams to spent rocket stages weighing over 2 tonnes, both posing an immediate threat to hundreds of billions of dollars of assets in space that deliver essential services to our economy.

“Thanks to the unwavering support of the government of Quebec and our investors in North America and Luxembourg, NorthStar’s unique space-based services will provide coverage of significant gaps that were previously inaccessible from ground-based systems. This represents a significant contribution to the sustainability of the space environment for future generations,” said Stewart Bain, co-founder and CEO of NorthStar Earth & Space.

About NorthStar:

NorthStar Earth & Space was founded in 2015 by Telesystem, based in Montreal, and KinetX, a specialized engineering firm located in Arizona. It has 70 employees, including 50 in Canada. NorthStar is the first commercial service to monitor near-Earth orbits from space.

NorthStar’s precise information services identify and anticipate the position of space objects to enhance spaceflight safety.  With headquarters in Montreal, Canada, a European headquarters in Luxembourg, and a dedicated US operation in McLean, Virginia, NorthStar addresses the ever-growing threat of space collisions as a major contribution to empower humanity to preserve our planet.

For more information about NorthStar, visit northstar-data.com.

SOURCE NorthStar Earth & Space Inc.

Information: For more information, contact NorthStar’s media relations service at media@northstar-data.com

December 5, 2023

NorthStar | Canada-Italy Business Forum on Artificial Intelligence

NorthStar’s CEO Asks for Deep Thinking on Artificial Intelligence and Solving Space Problems

Luxembourg, 5 December 2023 – We’ve been grappling with the problems – and promise – of technology, society, politics and space ever since we first could conceive of leaving our Earth.

To take a single example: Students of history know well that some of the first NASA rockets – including the mighty Saturn V that flew several astronaut crews to the moon – were led by chief architect Wernher von Braun, a Nazi scientist who came over to the United States amid the end of the Second World War.

More recently, most of the world chose to sever its space relationships with Russia after its unsanctioned invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, which is still ongoing. A notable exception is the International Space Station, which continues its work with Russia for practical reasons (NASA itself says the station cannot be severed in pieces) and presumably, for policy reasons under the advice of senior leadership in the United States.

This is all of which to say that space cannot be apolitical, nor any of its activities, as – paraphrasing Aristotle – humans themselves are political creatures. We cycle through this discussion every few years in the space world, but the issue is coming up once again with the explosion of artificial intelligence (AI) activities in the last five years.

October 5, 2023

OnMobile forms a strategic partnership with Robi to launch its casual mobile gaming product, Challenges Arena

Bengaluru 05, October 2023, OnMobile Global, a leader in cutting-edge mobile gaming and entertainment, has partnered with Robi, Bangladesh’s fastest 4.5G network, to launch its casual mobile gaming product, Challenges Arena.

Challenges Arena, the flagship mobile casual gaming product from OnMobile, offers a single destination to play casual challenges with an unparalleled gamified winning experience, bringing the whole gamut of hyper casual games, fantasy sports, and trivia to the users of Robi. The distinct value proposition of melding skill-based casual gaming, allowing users to engage in battles or tournaments with friends with exciting rewards, will present a significant enhancement to Robi’s service offerings.

Biswajit Nandi, Chief Business Officer of OnMobile Global, expressed his excitement, stating, “We are enthusiastic about our collaboration with Robi, Bangladesh’s second-largest operator. Challenges Arena stands as a testament to our dedication to becoming a gaming-first company, with substantial customer traction propelling its success. Drawing from over two decades of experience delivering digital services to telecom operators, we remain steadfast in our mission to deliver cutting-edge mobile gaming products to telcos in both Bangladesh and across the globe.”

Ahmed Armaan Siddiqui, Executive Vice President of VAS & New Business at Robi, expressed his best wishes, stating, “We are excited about our collaboration with OnMobile Global as it seamlessly complements our commitment to delivering exceptional customer experiences.”

The culmination of this partnership is the launch of Challenges Arena, a dynamic and gamified environment designed to resonate with players of all interests and skill levels. Challenges Arena promises to boost engagement and ensure customer retention, marking a significant milestone in Robi Telecom’s journey to provide top-notch services to its customers. Through this partnership, Robi Telecom looks forward to continued success and innovation in the telecom industry, as it continues to prioritize exceptional customer experiences.

About OnMobile

OnMobile Global [NSE India: ONMOBILE] [BSE Ltd: 532944], the leader in cutting-edge mobile gaming and entertainment, is headquartered in Bangalore, India, with its presence in over 50 countries across the globe. OnMobile is focused on building customer-first Mobile Gaming products while offering a wide array of mobile entertainment products such as Videos, Tones, and contests. Based on current deployments, OnMobile has over 74.7 million monthly users globally. For further information, please visit
www.onmobile.com

For media queries, please contact:

pr@onmo.com

About Robi

Robi is Bangladesh’s second-largest mobile network operator, with 56.4Mn subscribers, representing 30% of the subscriber market share. The company also boasts the industry’s highest percentage of data users (76.5%). Robi Axiata Limited is a public limited company. Axiata Group Berhad of Malaysia holds the controlling stake of 61.82%, Bharti Airtel of India holds 28.18%, and the general public holds the remaining 10% stake. The company made its debut in the country’s twin stock markets in Dhaka and Chattogram on the 24th of December 2020 with the largest-ever IPO.

September 19, 2023

Zone3 | Brigitte Lemonde finalist at the Prix Femmes d’affaires du Québec !

Montréal, September 19, 2023 / Brigitte Lemonde, Zone3 President, is very proud to be among the finalists at the prestigious business awards event for women this year in the private business category. The Prix Femmes d’affaires du Québec recognizes and celebrates Quebec women from all spheres of the Quebec economy who excel due to their know-how, people skills, achievements, and influence. The competition highlights the excellence, drive and boldness of the women who shape our society.

“It’s an honour for me to be a finalist along with such inspiring women. It’s a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on the talented and passionate people who work with me, and who strive each day to innovate in order to create and produce high quality audiovisual content,” said Brigitte Lemonde. “Interestingly enough, several of my close collaborators are women!” she added before thanking Zone3 Vice-Presidents Corine Trudel (Vice-President, Development, Creation and Production Non-Fiction), Dominique Veillet (Vice-President, Development, Creation and Production Fiction), François Comeau (Vice-President, Operations, Postproduction and Technology), Mélanie Ratté (Vice-President Distribution and International Business Development), Véronique Dea (Vice-President, Innovation, Business Strategy and Partnerships) and Geneviève L’Écuyer (Executive Vice-President, Finance and Administration).

Favouring first and foremost ideas and teams, Brigitte Lemonde is a leader who brings people together, driven by her love for creators and multiplatform creativity! At Zone3 since 2004, Brigitte is now President and Executive Producer. With her in-depth knowledge of the television and cultural worlds, and thanks to her ability to forge close ties with all types of artisans, Brigitte skillfully oversees the smooth execution of projects in the development and production phases for all the content created across the company. Brigitte Lemonde began her career at Radio-Canada, where she held various management positions from 1996 to 2004.

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September 11, 2023

NorthStar joins leading European Space Community members to sign the ESA’s ‘Statement for a Responsible Space Sector’

Following on from NorthStar’s endorsement of the World Economic Forum’s ambitious “Debris mitigation recommendations for safe and sustainable operations in Space” to coincide with the Secure World Foundation Summit for Space Sustainability in June, NorthStar has now joined other leading members of the European Space community in signing the European Space Agency’s “Statement for a Responsible Space Sector’ to underline the company’s engagement in collaborative, international efforts to achieve responsible behaviour and long-term sustainability in space.

The “Statement for a Responsible Space Sector” emphasizes that the drive to explore the universe and develop a thriving space economy should not endanger the sustainability of a unique, yet fragile Planet Earth with limited resources. Rather the foundation of a sustainable space sector with long-term and responsible development goals should serve to protect life on earth while preserving the space environment from such threats as space debris or pollution. In this context, the Statement focuses on such principles as fair and responsible governance, space for the benefit of all in society, fair access to outer space, and the preservation of our natural environment on Earth. In addition, these principles are to be underpinned by such values as Integrity, Identity and Inclusiveness, Creativity and Curiosity. Such principles and values can only have an impact through international collaboration and the formation of multilateral alliances.

On the occasion of the World Satellite Business Week (WSBW) in Paris, NorthStar CEO Stewart Bain got together with ESA General Director Joseph Aschbacher to sign this vital declaration to preserve life and resources in Space and on Earth for future generations.

September 7, 2023

LuxIMPULSE awards NorthStar Earth & Space a contract to Accelerate SSA Commercial Products to Improve Space Sustainability

NorthStar’s funding will accelerate commercial analytics products for the world’s most advanced space SSA services launching in 2023

Luxembourg September 7, 2023 – NorthStar Earth & Space Inc., a leader in the development of next generation commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services with its European Headquarters in Luxembourg, is proud to announce the signing of a commercial product development contract funded by the Government of Luxembourg through an ESA Contract in the Luxembourg National
Space Programme, LuxIMPULSE . LuxIMPULSE, the national space program for the promotion of research, development and innovation, is managed by the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) to support companies established in Luxembourg as they bring innovative ideas to market.

NorthStar will receive funding from LuxIMPULSE to develop cutting-edge tools and applications for space traffic mapping, close approach warning, and global space hazard risk assessment vital for fleet management, future mission planning and insurance considerations. The objective is to advance
development rapidly in order to address the growing need for improved observation, up-to-date knowledge and precise navigation tools, necessary to safeguard assets in an increasingly congested space environment.

“NorthStar is grateful and privileged to receive this important strategic support from LuxIMPULSE to accelerate the development of our next-generation solutions for Space Situational Awareness with a focus right here in Luxembourg ” said Stewart Bain, Founder & CEO. “Luxembourg has taken a visionary and pro-active approach by making space sustainability a key element in its space strategy. The range of programs which Luxembourg offers to incentivize the space economy also encourages companies in the space sector to join forces within the research community to develop their expertise together.
This strategic approach will undoubtedly benefit not only individual companies, but also the wider industry as a whole.”

“The Luxembourg Space Agency is pleased to support the growth of the Luxembourg space ecosystem by encouraging innovative companies like NorthStar,” said Marc Serres, CEO Luxembourg Space Agency. “Space sustainability is one of the pillars of our space strategy and NorthStar is a leader in this key domain. This partnership will create quality jobs in Luxembourg and is an excellent example of how Luxembourg is committed to promoting and investing in the sustainable commercialization of space activities.”.

The proliferation of space debris and other threats to space assets represent a serious danger to the safety and sustainability of space flight, the growing space economy and vital services for critical communications, precise navigation, earth monitoring and protection, and defence. NorthStar’s unique, high-fidelity space-based SSA services will counter this threat by providing unparalleled coverage across all orbits from LEO to MEO, GEO and Cis-Lunar with unprecedented speed and accuracy, allowing operators to safely manage and preserve their assets. Luxembourg’s vibrant space eco-system offers the ideal innovative environment, talent and expertise to develop this groundbreaking technology further. NorthStar is already collaborating closely with Luxembourg-based SES and Spire Global and will continue to work with other members of the Luxembourg space community to strengthen the country’s leading position in Space Security and Sustainability.

About NorthStar

NorthStar’s endeavour is to empower humanity to preserve our planet through a unique Space and Earth information & intelligence platform using space-based sensors. NorthStar strives to help transform the way governments, industry and institutions assess risk, enforce regulations and make decisions to foster the sustainable development of our earth and space environment.

NorthStar’s unique space-based commercial Space Situational Awareness services address many of the critical and immediate challenges facing all satellite operators. Striving to see every object in every orbit, NorthStar will deliver more frequent and precise observations of resident space objects than any current system. NorthStar generates its Space Information & Intelligence services through a suite of high-speed decision quality information services, derived from its unparalleled coverage, object custody, and enhanced predictive analytics.

NorthStar’s investors comprise a global coalition of strategic partners, including Telesystem Space (a co-enterprise of the Sirois family office, Telesystem and the Roger’s Family Trust of Canada), Cartesian Capital Group, the Luxembourg Future Fund, Luxembourg Space Sector Development Fund SCSp, which is supported by leading global content connectivity solutions provider SES and the Luxembourg Government, the Space Alliance of Europe (Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio), the Government of Quebec, and the Government of Canada.

NorthStar Earth & Space head offices are located in Montréal, Canada, its U.S. subsidiary, NorthStar Earth & Space Systems, Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Virginia and its European subsidiary, NorthStar Earth & Space Europe S.à r.l. is headquartered in Luxembourg.
https://northstar-data.com/

About LuxIMPULSE

The LuxIMPULSE program, launched by the Luxembourg Space Agency in association with the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2020, aims to support the development of the space sector in Luxembourg and promote innovation in space-related technologies. The program provides funding and support to start-ups and entrepreneurs in the space industry, with a focus on areas such as space resources, cybersecurity, New Space, and the development of small satellites. The LuxIMPULSE program is positioning Luxembourg as a hub for space-related innovation and entrepreneurship, building on the country’s existing strengths in areas such as satellite telecommunications, space resources, and Earth Observation. This initiative is driving innovation and growth in the space sector in Luxembourg and attracting international companies to establish their space-related operations in the country.

Media Contacts:
NorthStar Media Relations: media@northstar-data.com
Luxembourg Space Agency /LuxIMPULSE: Juliette.pertuy@space-agency.lu

August 8, 2023

Stingray Withdraws Advertising from Meta Platforms

Montreal, August 8, 2023  Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a leading music, media, and technology company, today announced its decision to immediately suspend all advertising of its products on Facebook and Instagram in Canada. This decision comes in response to Meta’s recent actions regarding Canadian journalistic content on its platforms, in light of the Online News Act (Bill C-18) and in support of Canadian news media publishers.

Eric Boyko, CEO and Co-founder of Stingray, commented, “We believe in the importance of a diverse and vibrant media landscape that supports a healthy democracy. We cannot tolerate Meta’s recent decision to block news from Canadian news media publishers and their potential implications for Canadian news content. As a result, we have decided to pause our advertising on Facebook and Instagram.”

Stingray also calls on businesses, governments, and institutions to express their disagreement with Meta’s affront to public policy and the news media through their advertising placement choices.

Stingray will continue to monitor the situation closely and will reassess its position as necessary in response to the evolving landscape.

About Stingray
Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a global music, media, and technology company, is an industry leader in TV broadcasting, streaming, radio, business services, and advertising. Stingray provides an array of music, digital, and advertising services to enterprise brands worldwide, including audio and video channels, over 100 radio stations, subscription video-on-demand content, FAST channels, karaoke products and music apps, and in-car and on-board infotainment content. Stingray Business, a division of Stingray, provides commercial solutions in music, in-store advertising solutions, digital signage, and AI-driven consumer insights and feedback. Stingray Advertising is North America’s largest retail audio advertising network, delivering digital audio messaging to more than 20,000 major retail locations. Stingray has close to 1000 employees worldwide and reaches 540 million consumers in 160 countries. For more information, visit www.stingray.com.

For more information, please contact:

Frédérique Gagnier
Public Relations Manager 
Stingray  
fgagnier@stingray.com 

August 7, 2023

Stingray Signs Global Deal with BYD, the largest EV manufacturer, to bring Stingray Karaoke to their EV Cars

Montreal, August 7, 2023 – Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a leading music, media, and technology company, today announced a global deal with BYD, the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles, to bring its popular Stingray Karaoke product to their cars around the world. BYD will incorporate Stingray’s interactive and engaging Karaoke product as an embedded app in their popular models sold across a dozen countries in 2023, with the rest to follow in subsequent years.

Stingray Karaoke’s massive international song catalog is browsable by title, artist, lyrics or genre, including Rock, Country, Pop/K&JPop, Rap, R&B, Holiday Classics, and Kids & Family. The app is seamlessly integrated into BYD’s infotainment system, will support dozens of languages and providing an engaging and intuitive user experience free for all BYD owners.

BYD and Stingray have collaborated to prioritize customers’ safety by deactivating the scrolling karaoke lyrics on the center console while the vehicle is in drive mode. In addition, the teams have innovatively introduced a Passenger App, which allows passengers to use their mobile devices to view lyrics, control the song selection, fast forward, skip ahead, and more while the audio plays through the vehicle sound system.

“We are thrilled to partner with BYD and provide their customers with an unparalleled karaoke experience on the go while expanding our brand exposure worldwide,” said Eric Boyko, President, Co-founder and CEO of Stingray. “Stingray Karaoke is a unique and engaging way to bring people together, and we believe that it will enhance the driving experience and create unforgettable memories for BYD car owners everywhere.”

“BYD is fully committed to bringing the highest quality entertainment experiences to our customers around the world,” said Stella Li, Executive Vice President of BYD and CEO of BYD Americas. “Partnering with Stingray, we’re excited to make driving BYD cars more fun and social than ever before. Everyone loves to sing in the car. Stingray’s unique Karaoke app and comprehensive library of songs is a great fit for BYD drivers and their passengers.”

With this announcement, Stingray continues its expansion in the automotive industry, reaching some of the most popular car brands in the world. Stingray Karaoke is quickly becoming a default value-added service in EV cars globally, available in all Tesla and VinFast cars and soon available in selected Audi models. The inclusion of Stingray’s services in BYD EVs demonstrates their growing popularity and the increasing demand for entertainment options that allow drivers and passengers to make the most of their time on the road while charging or just waiting to pick up the kids from practice.

About Stingray
Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a global music, media, and technology company, is an industry leader in TV broadcasting, streaming, radio, business services, and advertising. Stingray provides an array of music, digital, and advertising services to enterprise brands worldwide, including audio and video channels, over 100 radio stations, subscription video-on-demand content, FAST channels, karaoke products and music apps, and in-car and on-board infotainment content. Stingray Business, a division of Stingray, provides commercial solutions in music, in-store advertising solutions, digital signage, and AI-driven consumer insights and feedback. Stingray Advertising is North America’s largest retail audio advertising network, delivering digital audio messaging to more than 20,000 major retail locations. Stingray has close to 1000 employees worldwide and reaches 540 million consumers in 160 countries. For more information, visit www.stingray.com.

About BYD
BYD is a multinational high-tech company devoted to leveraging technological innovations for a better life. Founded in 1995 as a rechargeable battery maker, BYD now boasts a diverse business scope covering automobiles, rail transit, new energy, and electronics, with over 30 industrial parks in China, the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Hungary, and India. From energy generation and storage to its applications, BYD is dedicated to providing zero-emission energy solutions that reduce global reliance on fossil fuels. Its new energy vehicle footprint now covers 6 continents, over 70 countries and regions, and more than 400 cities. Listed in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges, the company is known to be a Fortune Global 500 enterprise that furnishes innovations in pursuit of a greener world.For more information, please visit www.bydglobal.com.

For more information, please contact:

Frédérique Gagnier
Public Relations Manager
Stingray
fgagnier@stingray.com 

June 26, 2023

SES partners with NorthStar to tackle Space Sustainability Challenges

NorthStar and SES to Advance Commercial Space-Based SSA Services by Providing RSO Tracking from Space

NorthStar and SES promote sustainable and responsible practices to shape the future of satellite operations

Luxembourg, 22 June 2023 – NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. (NorthStar), the first commercial service provider to monitor space from space, and SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, have signed an agreement to collaborate on the implementation of next-generation commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services. The aim is to significantly increase the precision of resident space object (RSO) tracking to enhance the safety and sustainability of operations in space, both companies announced today.

This agreement follows NorthStar and SES’s announcement last year to collaborate and contribute to the realization of a more sustainable space environment , and reinforces their shared commitment to leading the way towards responsible practices in space. By leveraging their complementary expertise, advanced technologies, and comprehensive satellite networks the companies will collaborate to optimize cutting-edge SSA services of unique dimension, precision and reliability.  This commercial service will enhance traditional fleet management capabilities by reducing collision risk and enabling optimum safety and efficiency during operations.

“We are delighted to announce our next step in our strategic partnership with SES,” said Stewart Bain, CEO of NorthStar. “The safety and sustainability of space demand collaboration between trusted partners in the space community. Our agreement represents a significant milestone in the advancement of commercial SSA services. By combining NorthStar’s innovative SSA services with SES’s extensive satellite fleet operations experience, the partnership will deliver unparalleled insights and solutions to transform the way we operate safely in space.”

Ruy Pinto, CEO Designate of SES, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration stating, “At SES, we recognize the fundamental importance of space sustainability, and we consider it a core pillar of our ESG strategy. Not only do we want to pioneer and lead the way in this sector, we want to collaborate with industry partners to bring about significant change. In this regard, Space Situational Awareness is fundamental to manage the increasingly crowded and dynamic space environment. By partnering with NorthStar, we aim to combine our extensive experience in space operations and space safety, with their state-of-the-art products to deliver more comprehensive and reliable SSA.”

The collaboration between NorthStar and SES exemplifies the importance of collective efforts that deliver services that enable safe operations to foster a more sustainable space economy, addressing the urgent challenges posed by increasing space debris and orbital congestion.

For further information please contact:
Suzanne Ong
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About SES

SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries ~8,000 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 369 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. The company is listed on Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at: www.ses.com.

About NorthStar

NorthStar’s endeavour is to empower humanity to preserve our planet through a unique Space and Earth information & intelligence platform using space-based sensors.  NorthStar strives to help transform the way governments, industry and institutions assess risk, enforce regulations and make decisions to foster the sustainable development of our earth and space environment.

NorthStar’s unique space-based commercial Space Situational Awareness services address many of the critical and immediate challenges facing all satellite operators.  Striving to see every object in every orbit, NorthStar will deliver more frequent and precise observations of resident space objects than any current system. NorthStar generates its Space Information & Intelligence services through a suite of high-speed, decision quality information services, derived from its unparalleled coverage, object custody, and enhanced predictive analytics.

NorthStar Earth & Space head offices are located in Montréal, Canada, its U.S. subsidiary, NorthStar Earth & Space Systems, Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Virginia and its European subsidiary, NorthStar Earth & Space Europe is headquartered in Luxembourg.

https://northstar-data.com/

June 22, 2023

Rocket Lab to launch NorthStar’s unique Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Services

The first in a series of satellites built, assembled and delivered by Spire Global to carry NorthStar’s transformational, space-based monitoring system will be launching on an accelerated timeline in the fall of ‘23

Luxembourg, June 19, 2023 — NorthStar Earth & Space (“NorthStar” or “the Company”), a provider of comprehensive information services for the earth and space environment, today announced that Rocket Lab USA (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab”), a global leader in launch and space services, will launch the first satellites dedicated to NorthStar’s commercial, space-based Space Situational Awareness services. The initial block of four satellites, assembled and operated by Spire Global (NYSE: SPIR) (“Spire”), a global provider of space-based data, analytics and space services within its Space as a Service program, is scheduled for deployment on Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle in the fall of 2023.

With the launch of its space-based SSA constellation, NorthStar will be the first to monitor simultaneously all near-Earth orbits from space, delivering a radically enhanced level of SSA services to the global satellite community, with timely and precise information for resident space object detection, tracking, orbit determination, collision avoidance, navigation and proximity alerts.

NorthStar has reacted swiftly in finding a launch solution and acquiring the services of Rocket Lab after the failure of the previous launcher in the fast-moving space sector. Rocket Lab and Spire have underlined their engagement by committing to deliver the satellites to space on an accelerated timeline.

“We had to react quickly to adapt our launch plans to untimely changes in the fast-moving space sector.” said Stewart Bain, CEO of NorthStar. “But we are confident that we have found an excellent, proven launch specialist in Rocket Lab. We recognize the highly effective effort from both Spire Global and Rocket Lab to preserve our plans to make a meaningful contribution to the safety and sustainability of space by launching our unique services this fall.”

“We developed the Space as a Service model to take the previously prohibitive cost and complexity out of the equation, allowing innovative companies like NorthStar to develop and deploy solutions from the vantage point of space, focusing on solving some of the most significant problems we face today. We’re proud that NorthStar has chosen to leverage the Spire Space Services model and next-gen 16U satellite bus to safely, securely, and rapidly deploy its constellation, which is tackling the pressing and ever-expanding issue of space debris and delivering critical information for satellite operators around the globe,” said Frank Frulio, general manager of Space Services, Spire.

Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck, added: “We know that the precise placement of the first block of four satellites for a particular mission is critical to the constellation’s future success. With Electron’s agility, reliability, and proven ability to place satellites precisely, dedicated missions like this one for NorthStar are our bread and butter. Space debris is a global issue and the responsibility of all space users, so it’s great to be supporting a mission with a focus on making Earth’s orbit safer for everyone.”

“At a time of increasing urgency with regard to the threat of space congestion, highlighted just last week by the release of the World Economic Forum’s Space Industry Debris Mitigation Recommendations, we are proud to be able to make a decisive contribution to safer operations in space”, commented Stewart Bain.

     

June 13, 2023

Sustainable Economy Magazine Corporate Knights ranks NorthStar in Canada’s top 50 fastest growing ‘green’ companies.

This list was published on Corporate Knights website on June 1st, and featured in the summer print magazine on June 29 (distributed in The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal)

Corporate Knights, the prominent sustainable economy magazine and research specialists, set out to find the most enterprising and inventive  ‘green’ members of the Canadian business community  – and placed NorthStar in its Future 50, the country’s fastest growing sustainability-focused  companies.

The Corporate Knights top 50 highlights entrepreneurs who are taking an innovative and pioneering approach to issues such as climate, energy, the environment, transport, health care, waste-disposal and healthy, sustainable food provision.

In ranking NorthStar so highly, the magazine called attention to the company’s unique use of space-based, dedicated optical sensors to protect critical space operations from the threat of increasing congestion and debris while at the same time forging ahead with its environmental information platform to monitor vital issues such as deforestation, water supply and agriculture.

Corporate Knights views the commitment and innovative spirit of its top 50, bolstered by increased funding available for such ventures as a positive omen for a new economy – and a brighter, sustainable future.

May 16, 2023

OnMobile launches Gamize, its first-ever SaaS-based Gamification Platform for Brands across Industries!

Bengaluru 16, May 2023, OnMobile Global, a leader in cutting-edge mobile gaming and entertainment, has launched its first-ever SaaS-based gamification platform for brands across industries, called Gamize, as a critical step in the transformation journey for its global business in this new fiscal, with Banglalink as its first partner.

Gamize, a SaaS-based Gamification platform, will provide completely customizable, industry agnostic solutions for acquiring, engaging and retaining users for a brand’s website or app. Where sustaining customer loyalty in today’s highly competitive markets is a challenge, and decreasing customer acquisition costs and reducing churn are obstacles in every business; Gamize intends to leverage the natural tendencies of people for competition, achievement, and getting rewarded by modifying user behaviour with gamification techniques helping customers nudge the user to complete or perform activities which are meaningful to them while rewarding such behaviours.

The platform also uses methods via gamification to help customers increase users through referrals which helps keep customer acquisition costs lower. Gamize is built on a strong product platform which enables customers to deploy in a couple of days with out-of-the-box integrations and develop and launch campaigns in a few minutes rather than weeks. Gamize will bring a robust partner ecosystem to OnMobile with not just Enterprise customers but even SMBs, which allows them to leverage digital transformation modules and OnMobile’s Global presence to help grow their business across the globe.

Sanjay Baweja, MD and Global CEO of OnMobile Global said, “With over 20 years of experience and credibility in working with Telcos, we are now diversifying our portfolio with Gamize and aim to extend our gamification platform to over 500 enterprises and top brands across industries by 2025. With Gamize, we intend to help enterprises drive acquisition, engagement and user retention with a customized strategy. We thank Banglalink for their trust in Gamize, which was used in the revamp project of their MyBL app.”

Mohit Kapoor, Digital Business Director of Banglalink, said, “Banglalink and OnMobile revolutionize app engagement with MyBL SuperApp, featuring gamification through the Gamize Module. It’s fun, rewarding, and sets a new industry standard, captivating users and boosting engagement. Customizable UI/UX ensures a seamless and user-friendly experience.”

About OnMobile

OnMobile Global [NSE India: ONMOBILE] [BSE Ltd: 532944], the leader in cutting-edge mobile gaming and entertainment, is headquartered in Bangalore, India, with its presence in over 50 countries across the globe. OnMobile is focused on building customer-first Mobile Gaming products while offering a wide array of digital products such as Videos, Tones, & Contests. Based on current deployments, OnMobile has over 83 million monthly users globally.

For further information, please visit
www.onmobile.com

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March 31, 2023

Introducing Ultimate Trivia by Stingray, the World’s Only FAST Channel Dedicated to Trivia

Montreal, March 31, 2023 – Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a leading music, media, and technology company, today announced that it has acquired the assets and business of the Ultimate Trivia Network, a move that paves the way for the launch of an exciting new product, Ultimate Trivia by Stingray.  Initially launching as an ad-supported linear channel, Ultimate Trivia by Stingray promises to deliver a captivating and interactive experience for kids and adults of all ages.

Stingray acquired the Ultimate Trivia Network from co-founders Sean Riley and Duvon Lawrence of Barvanna, Inc.—the premier destination for out-of-home sports and entertainment content, and the creators of the Ultimate Trivia Network.

Ultimate Trivia is the world’s only FAST channel dedicated to trivia, providing an endless stream of questions across a wide range of categories and themes, including geography, history, sports, arts and entertainment, sciences and nature, Hollywood, trending topics, technology, and much more. With Stingray’s innovative technology, Ultimate Trivia delivers an exceptional experience by allowing trivia buffs to personalize their game with a selection of preferred trivia categories. This new offering ensures that each trivia session is perfectly tailored to every audience, making it an ideal choice for family entertainment, friendly competition, and everything in between.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Ultimate Trivia by Stingray, which we believe will soon become a flagship product, captivating anyone who wants to put their knowledge to the test,” said Eric Boyko, President, Co-founder and CEO of Stingray. “With its family-friendly content and broad appeal across all age groups, Ultimate Trivia is the perfect way to bring people together for some fun and friendly competition. We look forward to the growth opportunities that lie ahead as we continue to innovate and offer new and exciting experiences to customers.”

Remarking on the transaction, Sean Riley said, “It is clear that Stingray highly values the diverse trivia offerings we have cultivated under the Ultimate Trivia Network banner, and we are proud to place the brand in their care. We look forward to seeing these fun and informative offerings expand even further under their stewardship.”

Ultimate Trivia by Stingray will initially be available on FAST channels, providing a seamless and accessible experience for viewers. It is expected that the product will expand its availability to additional platforms including a voice-activated in-car app in the coming months.

About Stingray
Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a global music, media, and technology company, is an industry leader in TV broadcasting, streaming, radio, business services, and advertising. Stingray provides an array of music, digital, and advertising services to enterprise brands worldwide, including audio and video channels, over 100 radio stations, subscription video-on-demand content, FAST channels, karaoke products and music apps, and in-car and on-board infotainment content. Stingray Business, a division of Stingray, provides commercial solutions in music, in-store advertising solutions, digital signage, and AI-driven consumer insights and feedback. Stingray Advertising is North America’s largest retail audio advertising network, delivering digital audio messaging to more than 20,000 major retail locations. Stingray has over 1000 employees worldwide and reaches 540 million consumers in 160 countries. For more information, visit www.stingray.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Frédérique Gagnier
Public Relations Manager
Stingray
fgagnier@stingray.com 

March 8, 2023

NorthStar Earth & Space Appoints Johanne Lecomte as Vice-President Global Sales & Business Development

Montreal, March 8, 2023—NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. (“NorthStar”), the first commercial enterprise to offer complete Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services to monitor all near-Earth orbits from space, is proud to announce the appointment of Johanne Lecomte to the executive team as Vice-President Global Sales & Business Development.

In her role, Johanne will be based in the US and have primary responsibility for driving revenues and commercial opportunities there, and globally.  She will focus on commercializing NorthStar’s unique SSA services for Space Domain Awareness (SDA) and Space Traffic Management (STM). She will shape NorthStar’s commercial growth strategy and influence product development activities, international collaborations, R&D, and marketing with an objective to create and maintain leadership in all target markets.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Johanne as she brings a dimension of knowledge and energy to the NorthStar executive that will certainly accelerate our commercial initiatives as our services prepare to launch this year,’’ said Steward Bain, CEO and Co-Founder of NorthStar. ‘’Her vast experience in all aspects of Business Development in the space industry will play a pivotal role to the growth of our enterprise.”

“I am pleased to join the NorthStar executive team to participate in their mission to make a lasting contribution to the sustainability of space through precision information services. NorthStar’s innovative approach to resolving complex space challenges is truly inspiring, and I’m eager to work alongside the team to drive growth and expand our customer base,” added Johanne Lecomte.

Johanne Lecompte is a highly experienced Sales and Business Development Executive with a proven track record of over 25 years in the Space and Telecommunication industries. She has extensive technical competency in satellite operations, manufacturing and launch systems, with additional expertise in frequency regulation, financing, satellite planning, design and network management tools and systems. Before joining NorthStar, Johanne was Vice-President, Sales and Business Development, Telecom/Observation Earth Navigation, Thales USA/Thales Alenia Space.

Johanne Lecomte holds an MBA, International Business Development/Program Management from Sherbrooke University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, with specialization in Electronics and Telecommunications from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.

About NorthStar

NorthStar is the first commercial service to monitor all near-Earth orbits from space. Our unparalleled suite of high-speed information services accurately tracks and predicts the position of space objects to enable safety in spaceflight.

With a head office in Montreal, Canada, a European headquarters in Luxembourg and a wholly owned subsidiary in McLean, Virginia, the company is resolving the ever-growing threat of space collisions and, ultimately, empowering humanity to preserve our planet.

For more information on NorthStar, visit northstar-data.com

For further information, please contact: NorthStar media relations: media@northstar-data.com

     

March 2, 2023

NorthStar Earth & Space appoints sustainability innovator David Saint-Germain as Chief Operating Officer

Montreal, March 2, 2023—NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. (“NorthStar”), the first commercial enterprise to offer complete active Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services to monitor all near-Earth orbits from space, is proud to announce the appointment of David Saint-Germain to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

David will be primarily responsible for delivering NorthStar information services & products to the market through a fully integrated global enterprise with locations in US, Luxembourg, and Canada.

“I’m pleased to welcome David into our organization, his strong leadership and desire to support a more sustainable planet are perfectly aligned with NorthStar values. His experience in delivering innovative products and services will be key to meet the needs of our clients in this pivotal moment of our company’s history as we gear up for launch,” stated Stewart Bain, Co-Founder & CEO of NorthStar. “Building on his significant track record, David will be instrumental in supporting NorthStar’s growth and success.”

“I’m excited to start this new endeavour and look forward to optimizing operations to grow and develop NorthStar,” said David Saint-Germain. “NorthStar’s customers and partners are some of the most innovative organizations in the world. Their future depends on a healthy and balanced environment, encompassing Earth and Space. NorthStar offers an exciting challenge to push the boundaries of innovation to deliver the highest quality information services that help manage our biosphere and orbital regimes sustainably.”

David Saint-Germain is passionate about building a sustainable future. He has most recently played a senior leadership role in Hilo, a start-up that is working with the largest hydroelectric utility in North America to deliver energy transition to millions of customers to support a sustainable future.

About NorthStar

NorthStar is the first commercial service to monitor all near-Earth orbits from space.

Our unparalleled suite of high-speed information services accurately tracks and predicts the position of space objects to enable safety in spaceflight.

With a head office in Montreal, Canada, a European headquarters in Luxembourg and a wholly owned subsidiary in McLean, Virginia, the company is resolving the ever-growing threat of space collisions and, ultimately, empowering humanity to preserve our planet.

For more information on NorthStar, visit northstar-data.com

For further information, please contact: NorthStar media relations: media@northstar-data.com

January 11, 2023

NorthStar Earth & Space signs partnership with Axelspace to provide world’s first combined Ground & Space SSA services

NorthStar will combine data from multiple ground and space-based sensors to deliver more complete high precision SSA services to operators

Montreal, January 11, 2023 – NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. (“NorthStar”), the first commercial enterprise to offer complete SSA services to monitor all near-Earth orbits from space is pleased to announce an agreement with Axelspace, the Japan-based frontrunner in the Japanese microsatellite market.  Starting in January ‘23, this collaboration will allow NorthStar to leverage Axelspace’s operational AxelGlobe constellation of 5 Earth Observation LEO satellites to provide complementary data for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and deliver a more comprehensive coverage of the space domain.

“Sustainability of the space environment is in everyone’s interest. Making use of existing sensor data from AxelGlobe with NorthStar’s proprietary algorithms is an extremely efficient means to improve the quality of commercial SSA services available to operators” said Stewart Bain, Founder & CEO of NorthStar. “NorthStar’s ability to work with leading-edge companies such as Axelspace highlights our unique capabilities to combine data from ground and space sensors and emphasizes our commitment to work collaboratively to solve the most urgent environmental challenges in Space.”

NorthStar is the first commercial enterprise to monitor all near-Earth orbits from space and combine data from a variety of ground-based sensors to provide more extensive coverage. The company’s high precision, next generation navigation and tracking services enable all satellite operators to manage their fleets more effectively, enhance spaceflight safety, avoid collisions, and promote space sustainability.

“The AxelGlobe constellation is composed of Axelspace’s GRUS microsatellites. These are equipped with strong attitude control functionality to respond flexibly to diverse imaging needs. We were consequently able to meet NorthStar’s request to capture near-Earth space data by updating the onboard software of the satellites,” said Yuya Nakamura, the president and CEO of Axelspace. “I am very proud that the advanced capabilities of GRUS are utilized to monitor the orbital environment, a rapidly emerging need in today’s space sector, through close collaboration with NorthStar. Axelspace will continue to contribute actively to expanding the use of microsatellites through partnerships with innovative companies and organizations.”

About NorthStar

NorthStar is the first commercial service to monitor all near-Earth orbits from space.

Our unparalleled suite of high-speed information services accurately tracks and predicts the position of space objects to enable safety in spaceflight.

With a head office in Montréal, Canada, European headquarters in Luxembourg and subsidiary offices in McLean, Virginia, the company is solving the ever-growing threat of space collisions and, ultimately, empowering humanity to preserve our planet.

For more information on NorthStar, visit northstar-data.com

For further information, please contact: NorthStar media relations: media@northstar-data.com

About Axelspace Corporation

Axelspace provides solutions on the basis of its unique microsatellite technology. The company’s main business activities comprise the AxelGlobe Earth Observation platform and the AxelLiner one-stop service to enable customers to realize their own microsatellite missions. The company offers microsatellite-based solutions for the Earth Observation business and the design, manufacturing, launch organization, operational support and commissioning of microsatellites and related components.

URL: https://www.axelspace.com/

AxelGlobe
https://www.axelglobe.com/en/

Contact information for Axelspace: Axelspace PR team pr@axelspace.com

January 5, 2023

NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. closes US$35M Series C funding round lead by Cartesian Capital Group, LLC

NorthStar will use funding to launch the world’s most advanced Space Situational Awareness services by mid-2023

Montreal, January 5, 2023 – NorthStar Earth & Space Inc. (“NorthStar”) continues to accelerate its space-based Space Situational Awareness (“SSA”) services with the closing of this US$35M Series C funding round with US-based private equity lead Cartesian Capital Group, LLC, (“Cartesian”) through an affiliated entity, Pangaea Three Acquisition Holdings III, LLC.  The round also includes investment from Telesystem Space Inc., the Luxembourg Future Fund – Co-Investments SA, the Government of Quebec through its mandatary Investissement Quebec, and the Luxembourg Space Sector Development Fund SCSp, which is supported by leading global content connectivity solutions provider SES and the Luxembourg Government. This investment will accelerate NorthStar’s product launch and commercialization of its SSA services.

“NorthStar is privileged to have the support of Cartesian to lead an international consortium of experienced and industry savvy investors,” said Stewart Bain, CEO of NorthStar. “The prestigious array of participants reflects the immense importance of NorthStar’s mission to preserve the space environment now and for future generations.”

NorthStar is the first commercial enterprise to monitor all near-Earth orbits from space and combine data from a variety of ground-based sensors to provide more extensive coverage. The company’s high precision, next generation navigation and tracking services enable all satellite operators to manage their fleets more effectively, enhance spaceflight safety, avoid collisions, and promote space sustainability.

“Cartesian recognizes the transformational potential of NorthStar’s next generation services for the space economy,” said Beth Michelson, Partner at Cartesian. “NorthStar’s unique approach to providing complete coverage of space is critical to safeguarding essential space infrastructure.”

Both Beth Michelson and Paul Pizzani from Cartesian will be joining NorthStar’s Board of Directors.

About NorthStar

NorthStar is the first commercial service to monitor all near-Earth orbits from space.

Our unparalleled suite of high-speed information services accurately tracks and predicts the position of space objects to enable safety in spaceflight.

With a head office in Montréal, Canada, European headquarters in Luxembourg and subsidiary office in McLean, Virginia, NorthStar is solving the ever-growing threat of space collisions and, ultimately, empowering humanity to preserve our planet.

For more information on NorthStar, visit northstar-data.com

For further information, please contact: NorthStar media relations: media@northstar-data.com

December 6, 2022

Stewart Bain, NorthStar’s CEO featured in Smith Magazine. Space Jam by Pete Russell.

This article originally appeared on in Smith Magazine’s Fall 2022 edition.

The proliferation of space debris already poses a threat to the safety and sustainability of the space environment. As governments and space operators plan for an exponential growth in the number of satellite launches, the potential for collision will only increase. In this article, NorthStar CEO Stewart Bain outlines the present risk for space flight and discusses the company’s plans to mitigate the danger through the introduction of in-space surveillance and tracking of space objects to enable the delivery of a new level of timely, high-precision information when compared to ground-based tracking systems.

The article also emphasises that NorthStar’s focus is not restricted to the Space safety but is rather complemented by the application of innovative hyperspectral technology to monitor the effects of climate change and pollution on Earth.  Space and Earth are complementary and interconnected environments. NorthStar uses its ingenuity and technology for the benefit of both.

November 10, 2022

Stingray Advertising Expands its US Sales Team

Montreal, November 10, 2022 – Stingray (TSX: RAY. A; RAY.B), a leading music, media, and technology company, today announced the expansion of its Stingray Advertising team with the appointment of Lesley Nadler as Vice President of Sales and Alison Posada and Michael Zuckerman as Sales Directors. The new hires will be leading the Stingray Advertising sales team as they expand across the United States.

Stingray Advertising operates North America’s largest retail audio advertising network, delivering digital audio messaging to more than 20,000 superstore, pharmacy, grocery, and discount store locations. The network connects brands to consumers at point-of-sale, leveraging the power of proximity to influence high-intent audiences and deliver proven performance for advertisers.

As Vice President of Sales, Lesley Nadler will oversee Stingray Advertising initiatives in the United States. She will lead the growing national sales team, working to develop their retail audio advertising network and go-to-market strategy as retail media continues to experience rapid growth. Additionally, she will be instrumental in helping to build and maintain strategic partnerships with all US Holding Companies & Independent Agencies, as well as with key advertisers across the US.

Lesley has 20+ years of proven success with extensive sales and management experience in digital, interactive, and multi-platform sales at leading media and entertainment companies including HotJobs, Yahoo!, Fox Interactive Media, Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Condé Nast.

Sales Directors Alison Posada and Michael Zuckerman will be the primary liaisons for the day-to-day execution, administration, management, and optimization of advertising campaigns. They will play an integral role in growing US advertising revenues across the retail audio advertising network.

Alison brings to Stingray over 15 years of sales and media experience with companies such as Basis Technologies, Pandora, Clear Channel Radio, and Fox Television. She most recently held the position of Sales Director at Talkwalker, a global technology company, where she was responsible for helping agencies and their brands find and analyze customer and consumer data through an AI-enabled intelligence platform. Throughout her career, Alison has helped brands and advertising agencies understand how to reach their audiences and both plan and execute marketing campaigns across traditional and digital channels.

Michael has 15 years of digital and traditional media experience. Most recently, he was an Account Director at Vericast serving as the Pepsi Beverage Team Lead, managing the overarching partnership across respective brand/shopper retail divisions. During his time at Vericast, he helped advise on the effective planning, alignment, and implementation of their digital solutions against key Pepsi campaign brand objectives. Prior to Vericast, he was a Senior Director at Catelina Marketing and a Senior Account Executive at Amazon, where he collaborated with top CPG eCommerce and brand leads to help navigate the Amazon media and retail ecosystem, developing long-term growth strategies and championing custom programs across display, search, and video platforms.

“Retail media is becoming one of the fastest-growing advertising categories in the US,” said Ryan Fuss, Senior Vice President of Stingray Advertising. “We are thrilled to welcome these respected sales leaders to our growing Stingray Advertising team and look forward to their contributions in connecting brands with high-intent shoppers through our unique in-store audio advertising offering.”

Stingray Advertising’s retail audio advertising network reaches 140 million US shoppers every week.

About Stingray 
Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a global music, media, and technology company, is an industry leader in TV broadcasting, streaming, radio, business services, and advertising. Stingray provides an array of music, digital, and advertising services to enterprise brands worldwide, including audio and video channels, over 100 radio stations, subscription video-on-demand content, FAST channels, karaoke products and music apps, and in-car and on-board infotainment content. Stingray Business, a division of Stingray, provides commercial solutions in music, in-store advertising solutions, digital signage, and AI-driven consumer insights and feedback. Stingray Advertising is North America’s largest retail audio advertising network, delivering digital audio messaging to more than 20,000 major retail locations. Stingray has over 1000 employees worldwide and reaches 540 million consumers in 160 countries. For more information, visit www.stingray.com

About Stingray Advertising
Stingray Advertising operates North America’s largest retail audio advertising network, delivering digital audio ads across more than 20,000 superstore, pharmacy, grocery, and discount store locations. Its retail media network connects brands to consumers at point of sale reaching more than 140 million shoppers every week. By engaging with high-intent audiences in an unavoidable contextual environment, Stingray Advertising leverages the power of proximity to deliver proven performance for advertisers. For more information: www.stingray.com/advertising

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For more information, please contact:

Frédérique Gagnier
Public Relations Manager
Stingray
fgagnier@stingray.com

November 10, 2022

Cory Atkins Joins Stingray Advertising as Sales Director

Montreal, November 10, 2022 – Stingray (TSX: RAY. A; RAY.B), a leading music, media, and technology company, today announced the expansion of its Stingray Advertising team with the appointment of Cory Atkins as Sales Director. Stingray Advertising operates Canada’s largest retail audio advertising network, delivering digital audio ads to close to 3,000 superstore, pharmacy, grocery, and discount store locations. The network connects brands to consumers at point-of-sale, leveraging the power of proximity to influence high-intent audiences and deliver proven performance for advertisers. In his position, Atkins will play an integral role in growing advertising revenues across the retail audio advertising network in Canada.

Atkins, an award-winning broadcast and advertising media professional, brings to Stingray over 20 years of experience in designing and negotiating media partnerships, managing day-to-day business needs, implementing effective team management, and growing revenue. He spent the last nine years as the Senior Director, Media Sales at Cineplex Media, where he spearheaded multiple sales strategies, customized media opportunities, content partnerships, and business developments for a large portfolio of businesses.

“Retail media is becoming one of the fastest-growing advertising categories in Canada,” said Ryan Fuss, Senior Vice President of Stingray Advertising. “We are thrilled to welcome such a respected sales leader to our growing Stingray Advertising team and look forward to his contribution in connecting brands with high-intent shoppers through our unique in-store audio advertising offering.”

Stingray Advertising’s retail audio advertising network reaches over 3 million Canadian shoppers daily.

About Stingray
Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a global music, media, and technology company, is an industry leader in TV broadcasting, streaming, radio, business services, and advertising. Stingray provides an array of music, digital, and advertising services to enterprise brands worldwide, including audio and video channels, over 100 radio stations, subscription video-on-demand content, FAST channels, karaoke products and music apps, and in-car and on-board infotainment content. Stingray Business, a division of Stingray, provides commercial solutions in music, in-store advertising solutions, digital signage, and AI-driven consumer insights and feedback. Stingray Advertising is North America’s largest retail audio advertising network, delivering digital audio messaging to more than 20,000 major retail locations. Stingray has over 1000 employees worldwide and reaches 540 million consumers in 160 countries. For more information, visit www.stingray.com

About Stingray Advertising 
Stingray Advertising operates North America’s largest retail audio advertising network, delivering digital audio ads across more than 20,000 superstore, pharmacy, grocery, and discount store locations. Its retail media network connects brands to consumers at point of sale reaching more than 140 million shoppers every week. By engaging with high-intent audiences in an unavoidable contextual environment, Stingray Advertising leverages the power of proximity to deliver proven performance for advertisers. For more information: www.stingray.com/advertising 

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For more information, please contact:

Frédérique Gagnier
Public Relations Manager
Stingray
fgagnier@stingray.com