Alan Stern Joins Solstar as Technical Advisor

New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, CO. claps as he and members of the New Horizons science team see the spacecraft’s last and sharpest image of Pluto before closest approach later in the day, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. (Credit NASA/Bill Ingalls)

SANTA FE, NM (Solstar Space PR) — Solstar Space Company, the world’s first in-flight internet service provider for astronauts and space researchers is honored to announce that Dr. Alan Stern has joined Solstar as an advisor.

CEO M. Brian Barnett said “we are thrilled to have a space scientist of such world renown join our Team. Alan is the type of space researcher Solstar aims to support during spaceflight. He is one of the most entrepreneurial space scientists of our time”.  

Dr. Stern was the mission leader for the highly successful New Horizons mission that flew by Pluto in 2015 as documented in his riveting new book, Chasing New Horizons. 

Stern said, “SolStar is an amazing start up with a bold vision and a bright future. Solstar’s in-flight space communications services could revolutionize the way space science is conducted in Earth orbit and eventually cislunar space too. I am honored to join on to advise”. 

Last month Stern was selected to fly aboard SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic’s suborbital space plane. He was chosen via NASA’s Flight Opportunities program to conduct agency-funded research on a future flight.  In addition, Stern was NASA’s Associate Administrator for Science and is former Chairman of the Board for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Solstar Space is the leading commercial satellite communications company pioneering technology for inflight internet and voice services on spacecraft and enable data transmissions to and from platforms in space. With the support of NASA, Solstar has successfully demonstrated its technology on three suborbital flights. 

Solstar’s Space Communicators and service provide a Wi-Fi hot spot service inside and outside the spacecraft that can be used by astronauts, Wi-Fi enabled experiments/machines, and to connect space researchers on Earth to their space-based experiments using their smart phones. 

Solstar’s two-way data communications are vital in obtaining and gathering information securely, and paving the way for commercial, in-flight communications.