Airbus’ Bartolomeo platform will host the Launchspace Orbital Debris Collection and Spacecraft Shielding Demonstration Payload for a 12-month period. The payload consists of Debris Impact Pads, which house a series of sensors that record the impact, force and orbital location of debris on the International Space Station. Credit: Airbus illustration

SAN FRANCISCO – Launchspace Technologies Corp., a company developing technology to capture orbital debris, is the latest space startup to seek funding on an equity crowdfunding platform.

As of Oct. 2, LaunchSpace had raised $58,351 at a valuation of nearly $49 million on Netcapital.

On the Netcapital site, LaunchSpace is heralding its recent grant from the nonprofit Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to support its plan to test technology for collecting orbital debris on the International Space Station.

CASIS awarded Launchspace $214,500 to support the company’s upcoming demonstration of its technology on Airbus’ Bartolomeo exterior ISS platform.

Launchspace “proposed a novel concept that will evaluate the performance of advanced materials in space as part of its orbital debris remediation technology,” CASIS spokesman Patrick O’Neill said by email. “We look forward to working with Launchspace Technologies Corporation and its partners as they advance these concepts for space-based application through the ISS National Lab.”

Launchspace established a Space Act Agreement with the NASA Glenn Research Center for the design, manufacture and testing of advanced materials used in the company’s patented orbital debris remediation technology.

“I believe the traction we have seen in the market helped us with this grant from CASIS, which includes our collaboration with Airbus and NASA,” Launchspace CEO John Bauman said in a statement.

Launchspace is preparing to test Debris Impact Pads, which house sensors to record information on debris impact, on the Bartolomeo platform.

“This collaboration between Airbus and Launchspace is an example of the complementary relationship between commercial space infrastructure providers and cutting-edge technology developers coming together to provide significant advancement in low earth orbit technologies,” Debra Facktor, Head of U.S. Space Systems at Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, said in a statement. “Our Airbus ISS Bartolomeo platform enables broad scale payload hosting capability with end-to-end payload services, along with any needed transportation, astronaut crew time and other ISS resources.”

Launchspace intends to create a “comprehensive solution for detecting, tracking and remediating orbital debris” that includes space-based sensors to tract debris, satellites and threats to U.S. government spacecraft, Bauman said.

Debra Werner is a correspondent for SpaceNews based in San Francisco. Debra earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. She...