We are relentless and joyful problem solvers who are building the future of space now.

Our story.

We founded Starfish Space to build our future in orbit through autonomy and robotics. As engineers at Blue Origin, we were part of an incredible team working towards "millions of people living and working in space." But autonomous infrastructure is not just for a sci-fi future; there are missions that need it today. Our beloved Otter space tug is being developed now for satellite servicing missions, and is ready to be infrastructure for the future off-world economy. 

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We are advancing GNC software, robotics and space systems simulation

to lower cost and reduce service time.

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We are former Blue Origin and NASA engineers working together to solve specific problems within the evolving space ecosystem.

Meet Our Star Team

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Austin Link
Co-founder
BS Physics, Stanford
MS Aerospace, Purdue

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Trevor Bennett
Co-founder
PhD Aerospace, Colorado

 

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Amelia Dumovic
Space Robotics
BS Electrical Engineering, Washington

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Brendan Hagan
Flight Algorithms
MS Aerospace, Purdue

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Ian Heidenberger
Space Robotics
MS Aerospace, USC

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James Grisham
Flight Algorithms
PhD Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

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Jen Thompson
 Company Operations
BA Journalism, University of Oregon

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Jonathan Kneller
Company Operations
MS Technology & International Affairs, GWU

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Kit Kennedy
Flight Algorithms
PhD Aerospace Engineering, MIT

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Ryan Henderson
Satellite Systems
MS Aerospace, Purdue

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Life began in the sea.

Now it's moving

into space.

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Most scientists agree that the origin of life started with deep-sea hydrothermal vents powered by life-giving chemical reactions. From the very first protocells, life flourished under the sea, evolved to land, to air and now to space.

 

Starfish Space is focused on evolving technology for the off-world ecosystem through the engineering of their Otter space tug. Using novel RPO autonomy and robotics, Otter will be the first space tug of its kind, a new species in space.

 

Starfish Space reminds us that what we do in space is always connected to how well we live on Earth. That’s why Otter's primary goal is to help satellites extend their life, so that important and critical work continues on Earth.

 

Starfish Space: Giving Life to

On-Orbit Services