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Solstar Space Company

WiFi for astronauts (1St Internet Service Provider in space)

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Highlights

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Get in on the ground floor of an exciting commercial space co. that has already had 3 successful spaceflights
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Solstar demonstrated the first commercial WiFi hotspot in space and Tweet from space.
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Be able to watch future rocket launches with Solstar WiFi on-board, knowing you helped Solstar achieve its goals
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Be a part of a company that is building a Space Wide Web that helps humanity become a multi-planetary species
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Solstar has a Space Act Agreement with NASA to test internet, voice, and WiFi technologies in space
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Founder has 30+ years of experience in the commercial space and satellite industries, including six years at NASA
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Solstar has proprietary space communications technology
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If the stars align as we intend, Solstar and its investors will prosper greatly together

Our Team

Founder & CEO
As a serial entrepreneur, I have invested and risked millions of my own money starting, growing, closing, and re-building satellite and space companies. And I've worked at NASA and KPMG. I will be an honest and wise steward of our investors' money.

The commercial space industry is growing, and while other companies are focusing on building spacecraft, we identified a gap in the market for secure space communications. We want to satisfy our customer's needs by providing them with reliable connections to people and their valuable assets in space from take off to landing.

Dr. Mark Matossian Co Founder - COO
Senior executive spanning business development, engineering and international operations. Proven success in multiple verticals including synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and optical imaging, telecom, mobile technologies and cloud data centers.
Chief Financial Officer
Jon is a seasoned management/financial consultant with over 27 years of hands-on experience in launching new businesses, diversifying revenue lines and growing overall enterprise value for founders, shareholders and employees within

Providing the first-ever Commercial WiFi in Space — Making History.

We flew our Schmitt Space Communicator SC-1x prototype onboard Blue Origin’s rocket ‘New Shepard’ on April 29th, and again on July 18, 2018. On the rocket's ascent, a Tweet sent via the onboard Solstar WiFi equipment connected to our satellites and became the first commercial Tweet posted from space.

Both times we were able to demonstrate our WiFi hot spot service inside the crew capsule that can be used by WiFi-enabled payloads and payload specialists. We made history, and our Schmitt Space Communicator has been accessioned into the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s collection.

There is no commercial Internet Service in space.

Private researchers and companies on earth can’t communicate with space
assets in a modern, convenient manner (like with their smartphones, tablets
or laptops).

Solstar is the first commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP)
for outer space.

Solstar’s high-speed, reliable, and easy-to-use space communications platform leverages the latest commercial satellite networks. The company's routers, WiFi hotspots, and satellite space communicators deliver internet to your desktop with 24/7 customer care.

Solstar CEO M. Brian Barnett with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (March 2020)

We flew twice with Blue Origin's spaceship.

Solstar Team with New Shepard Crew Capsule Celebrating First Commercial Wi-Fi in Space (photo courtesy of Blue Origin)

Our three successful spaceflights have positioned Solstar as the market leader.

The opportunity 

The only place in space with Internet is on the International Space Station and can only
be used by a few people using government-owned satellites (TDRSS). NASA is retiring its own satellites and wants to purchase commercial satellite communications services. Solstar is in the prime position to provide these services to NASA.

Our team

Space WiFi is Extremely Complicated

There's a reason why none of the new commercial space companies have developed their own onboard WiFi yet - the technology is really complex. It's not just the functionality of the equipment, but also the calibrations necessary to connect a rapidly-moving rocket to satellites.

No company has the billion-dollar infrastructure of NASA that allows them to easily communicate with Earth. But this technology is massively important for the future of commercial space travel. It will make experiments, planning, and basic travel infinitely easier. As space travel becomes more popular, this communication will be vital to safe, widespread interstellar trips.

This is where our founder, Brian Barnett, comes in. As a 30-year veteran of the commercial space industry who started his career at NASA, he's one of the few people on the planet qualified to lead the charge on this ambitious technology.  This photo is of Brian on the Space Shuttle in 1991.

Because there are only a few commercial space companies in the U.S., this experience is crucial to our success. Brian has built the relationships necessary to get in the door with these companies -- plus the technical expertise to deliver on those relationships.

Let's Connect Earth to Space Together

Dear Investors,

We at Solstar are very enthused to offer this opportunity to raise further investment on Wefunder. We had a successful raise in 2018-2019, and we have made tremendous progress because of your investment. With your generous support, in 2019 we achieved many of the goals we set out to accomplish. We filled in our management team, we continued to grow our business relationships with NASA, suppliers, and commercial space customers, we had a very extensive social media and marketing campaign, and we extended our market presence internationally. Recently, we have had an overwhelming number of requests from people like you who share our vision, and want to be a part of our journey to build a Space Wide Web. So, we have decided to pursue another raise.

We are at an inflection point in the history of commercial space industry. Billions of dollars or private investment are flowing into the commercial space industry because of the vast opportunities to develop space resources. To do this, communications is key. That is why Solstar is leading the effort to provide commercial space communications, and there is no other company with the experience, know-how, and international network to make this happen.

I, like many of you, have dreamed of being an astronaut since I was a boy watching the Apollo moon landings on black and white TV with my Mom and Dad. Well, I have done my best to follow my dream. I began trying to get a job at NASA starting in college. This was during the space shuttle days in the 1980s, and I wanted to be a commercial astronaut at NASA when this idea was just happening. During spring break my senior year, I went to see Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury astronauts (The Right Stuff) who had his own rocket company at that time. His small company was not needing people, but he was so gracious and made some calls to his comrades at NASA Houston that day. No jobs to be had in Houston that trip.

Then I moved to Huntsville, Alabama not knowing anyone, but with a graduate scholarship in hand and the will to find a NASA job. I was really feeling discouraged-- I needed to somehow get on base to interview at NASA but knew nobody there. So, one day, I called Deke Slayton back in Houston from a payphone in the university library. I asked him if he had any friends at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MFSC) that I could call to at least get on base and start a dialogue. He gave me a couple of managers' names, so I got on the phone and called them and was able to score some interviews. Five months later, I received that most beautiful call from Jim Downey at the Payload Projects Office welcoming me aboard at NASA. That was one of the best days of my life! I am forever grateful to Deke Slayton and Jim Downey! Rest in peace, both of you.

My first day at NASA was January 5, 1987, and I will always remember that day. I finally was given my big break.

Solstar Space Company represents a culmination of my 30-year career at NASA, the mobile satellite services industry, and in the commercial space industry. Because of that experience, I think I’m the most qualified person on the planet to make the Solstar vision happen.

In November last year, Solstar Space Company's Schmitt Space Communicator was accessioned into the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's collection. Dr. Martin Collins, curator of the museum's civilian application satellites collection, presented us with the official deed of gift accepting the donation in Washington, D.C. I'm proud of our accomplishments so far, but know we have a long way to go and with your help, we can make this happen.

Thank you for taking the time to

evaluate the Solstar investment opportunity and for having the confidence in me and our team. I can assure you that if you invest, this will be an exciting ride as we help create commercial communications for the commercial space industry of the future together.

Very Truly Yours,

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M. Brian Barnett

President and CEO

Solstar Space Company CEO M. Brian Barnett


Our Progress So Far

July 2018, after our second successful test flight with Blue Origin (photo courtesy of Blue Origin)

We have proven our technology on three successful spaceflights. With a successful Wefunder raise, we'll dedicate most of the investment dollars to the product development of our software app, small satellite space communicators, flight communicators, and routers for space agencies and commercial space stations and spacecraft. We'll also be able to increase our sales and marketing efforts, allowing us to open more accounts with more commercial space companies.

 
Solstar CEO M. Brian Barnett with former NASA Astronaut and namesake of the Schmitt Space Communicator, Harrison 'Jack' Schmitt (Photo credit:  Albuquerque Journal)

We're at a Unique Time in Commercial Space Travel

Solstar wouldn't have been possible even 10 years ago. But with the rise of private commercial space companies like Blue Origin, Space X, and Virgin Galactic, there's a new need for specialized services within space travel. As a service company, our revenue model will be either wholesale contracts or charging by usage, similar to the WiFi services provided on airplanes. This way, we'll be able to work with multiple contracts and bring in consistent recurring revenue.


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