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Kayhan Space Adds Capabilities to its Pathfinder Space Traffic Management Platform

By Lauren McCaffrey | March 16, 2023

Kayhan Space released details on new capabilities in the latest release of its Pathfinder space traffic management platform, on Tuesday, March 14, to help operators coordinate safe space operations and avoid collisions.  

Pathfinder is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform providing end-to-end operational services for conjunction risk assessment, maneuver planning, and operator coordination and maneuver verification in a single unified system. 

This latest release of Pathfinder 2.0 is built around coordinated optimal avoidance maneuvers — or COAMs — a concept in which two satellite operators using the platform can pre-coordinate their own preferences for decision criteria before conjunction events arise. Kayhan’s first Pathfinder launched in summer 2022 and is now utilized by nearly 20 constellation owner-operators navigating over 500 satellites.

“By the time you actually have a collision alert, the first 95 percent of everything is taken care of,” Matthew Shouppe, Kayhan Space CCO told Via Satellite. “Our system knows the preferences of each operator, they know which satellites can maneuver, they know how to optimize the situation, so we’ll recommend an optimal maneuver that fits both of their own preferences and then all they have to do is essentially review it and agree to it.”