SYDNEY, Australia – 14 September 2021 – Leaf Space, a leading provider of ground segment as-a-service (GSaaS) solutions, has partnered with Australian in-space logistics provider Space Machines Company to support its first Orbital Transfer Vehicle, Optimus-1, launch next year.  

With corporate headquarters in Lomazzo, Italy, and U.S. headquarters in Northern Virginia, Leaf Space provides ground segment services for both satellite operators and launch providers throughout the entire lifecycle of their operations, beginning with launch and early operations (LEOP), ongoing mission operations, and extending through decommissioning of the space asset. The company has focused on developing disruptive services and technology that are innovative and affordable to a range of customers.

“We are excited to announce this partnership with Space Machines Company as it highlights the growing need for precise in-space logistics as we see more and more satellites go into orbit, each with specific mission requirements,” said Jai Dialani, Managing Director at Leaf Space. “Leaf Space is looking forward to providing our fast, reliable and flexible ground station solutions to support Space Machines Company’s Optimus-1 mission next year.”

The partnership will enable Space Machines Company to utilise Leaf Space’s Leaf Line solution, which will employ Leaf Space’s global ground station network to support the launch of its first Orbital Transfer Vehicle in 2022. 

Space Machines Company is an Australian startup that develops in-space logistics capabilities, including deploying satellites into desired orbits, servicing, powering and assembling space infrastructure and supporting deep space missions.

Rajat Kulshrestha, Space Machines Company founder and CEO, said this partnership is another critical step in preparing its first mission in 2022. “We are proud to partner with Leaf Space as it is an important step in furthering Australia’s sovereign capability and expanding our services globally.”

Leaf Space pioneered the concept of ground segment-as-a-service (GSaaS) for satellites and launch vehicle operators around the world and have successfully partnered with more than 20 customers to increase performance and availability of crucial data while simultaneously lowering costs and decreasing latency.

About Leaf Space

Leaf Space is pioneering the concept of ground segment as-a-service (GSaaS) for forward-thinking satellite and launch operators around the world. Since its inception in 2014, Leaf Space has focused on developing the highest quality ground station services and technology with the goal of creating the most efficient and valuable ground segment solutions available on the modern space market. Leaf Space is based in Lomazzo, Italy with U.S. headquarters in Northern Virginia and is funded by RedSeed Ventures, Whysol Investments, and Primo Space. For more information, please visit:

About Space Machines Company

Space Machines Company is an Australian start-up that is developing in-space logistic capabilities to cost-effectively insert small satellites into desired low earth orbits (LEO), geostationary earth orbits (GEO) and Lunar orbits. Space Machines Company will launch its first Orbital Transfer Vehicle, Optimus-1, the largest commercial satellite built in Australia, in 2022. For more information, please visit:

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