NEWS RELEASE—December 13th, 2013
Inc. announced today that President Jerome Pearson was interviewed by the makers of the movie “Gravity,” starring
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The DVD accompanying the movie will be released soon, and it features a video on
the EDDE spacecraft for active debris removal, narrated by Ed Harris, the voice of NASA Mission Control for the movie “Apollo
13” and also for “Gravity.”
NEWS RELEASE—November 5th, 2013
Inc. announced today that President Jerome Pearson was interviewed by the NHK Science Programs Division of the Japan Broadcasting
Corporation of Tokyo. The interview took place at the offices of SCLaunch in North Charleston, SC, and will be aired
on Japanese TV in January. The program will discuss the threat of space debris, and will feature the EDDE spacecraft
for active debris removal from low Earth orbit.
NEWS RELEASE—August 5th 2013
STAR, Inc. announced today that Jerome Pearson
will be the keynote speaker for the International Space Elevator Conference, to be held at the Seattle Museum of Flight
on 23-25 August. For more information, see http://www.isec.org/
NEWS RELEASE—September 13th 2011
STAR, Inc. announced
today that the first issue of the new Space Safety Magazine will feature an invited article by Jerome Pearson, Eugene Levin
and Joe Carroll on “Commercial Space Debris Removal.”
NEWS RELEASE—August 29th 2011
STAR, Inc. announced today that President Jerome Pearson is presenting three invited lectures
this week: a conference presentation for OSD at the Pentagon, a Technology Seminar Series
lecture at the National Reconnaissance Office, and a Web seminar for the NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center Future In-Space Operations (FISO) Working Group. All three presentations dealt with our plans for active
space debris removal from LEO.
NEWS RELEASE—April 4th 2011
STAR, Inc. announced today that Dr. Eugene Levin was granted U. S Patent 7, 913,954, “Electrodynamic
Structure,” on 29 March 2011.
NEWS RELEASE—November 2010
STAR, Inc. recently completed a Phase I SBIR research contract on space debris removal for
the Navy, and delivered the final report.
NEWS RELEASE--August 13th, 2010
STAR, Inc. announced today that President
Jerome Pearson delivered the keynote address at the 2010 Space Elevator Conference in Redmond, Washington.
The address gathered extensive news coverage on NBC in Seattle, MSNBC, and various other
publications around the world. The subject was the removal of space debris to make space safe for space
elevators. Also at the conference, the other inventor of the space elevator, Yuri Artsutanov of Saint Petersburg,
Russia, was present, and the two inventors had lengthy technical discussions over the three-day meeting.
NEWS RELEASE--May 20th, 2010
STAR, Inc. announced today that Jerome Pearson presented a paper at the
Von Braun Center in Huntsville before the International Association for the Advancement
of Space Safety (IAASS) at their Fourth IAASS Conference. The paper discussed space traffic management for maneuvering
satellites such as the company's EDDE vehicle for actively removing space debris from low Earth orbit.
NEWS RELEASE--May 15th, 2010
STAR, Inc. announced that their first contract on active debris
removal using their EDDE propellantless maneuvering spacecraft began today, on a Navy SBIR Phase I program.
NEWS RELEASE--March 19th, 2010
STAR, Inc. announced today that The Bent of Tau
Beta Pi has published in its Spring 2010 issue an invited cover article by Jerom Pearson on the application of the ElectroDynamic Debris Eliminator
(EDDE) propellantless spacecraft for space debris removal.
NEWS RELEASE--March 17th, 2010
The International Space Elevator Consortium
today announced the formation of the Pearson and Artsutanov Prizes for undergraduate and graduate students, for the best
student papers on space elevator topics. The prizes will be awarded at the annual Space
Elevator Conference to be held at the Microsoft Center in Redmond, Washington on August 13-15th. The prizes honor
the inventors of the space elevator, Jerome Pearson and Yuri Artsutanov,
both of whom will be at the conference this year.
NEWS RELEASE--January 7th, 2010
STAR, Inc. announced this week that it has won a contract from Navy/SPAWAR for
a feasibility study of the application of the ElectroDynamic Debris Eliminator (EDDE) propellantless spacecraft for space
NEWS RELEASE--February 10th, 2010
STAR, Inc. announced today that President Jerome Pearson was an invited participant in a panel discussion
hosted by the FAA at the 13th Annual FAA/AIAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference
in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Pearson discussed the ramifications for space traffic management the use of maneuvering space
vehicles for active debris removal.
NEWS RELEASE--November 20th, 2009
Star Technology and Research, Inc. of Mount Pleasant, SC announced
today that it has been selected as a client company of SCLaunch. SCLaunch is a South Carolina organization franchised from
the SC State Legislature to advance the cause of small businesses in South Carolina. www.sclaunch.org
NEWS RELEASE--February 17th, 2009
STAR, Inc. announced this week that, in light of the
recent collision between an operational Iridium Satellite and the Russian Cosmos 2251, the danger of space debris to operational
satellites has become critical. Something must be done immediately to begin cleaning up space, to make it safe for the world’s
operational satellites. According to the International Academy of Astronautics and the Space Debris Office at the NASA Johnson
Space Center in Houston, Texas, the only viable method known for the removal for large debris objects is a roving vehicle
based on the propellantless electrodynamic propulsion system of the Autonomous Orbit Transfer Vehicle (AOTV) of STAR, Inc.
This vehicle concept was developed under funding from NASA and the Air Force, and
under a spacecraft design program funded by DARPA to develop the AOTV into a practical system for debris removal. STAR, Inc.
has demonstrated the orbit transfer algorithms necessary for debris removal, and has built and delivered hardware representative
of an operational space debris removal vehicle, or “Space Garbage Truck.” STAR, Inc. is now ready to design,
build, and fly a prototype vehicle as a secondary payload on rockets such as Atlas V, Delta IV. The entire spacecraft fits
into a 0.4m x 0.4m x 1m (24”x 24”x 38”) volume and weighs only 100 kg (220 lb), but can move objects of
a ton or more, such as the Cosmos satellite that collided with the Iridium satellite last Tuesday. A low-cost fleet
of such “Space Garbage Trucks” could clean up space in a few years, greatly reducing the chances of future collisions.
AOTV could also be used to remove dead or failed satellites, or even bring them to the International Space Station for repair
NEWS RELEASE--September 30th, 2008
Jerome Pearson today presented a paper before the 59th
International Astronautical Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. The title of the paper, IAC-08-A2.3.2, is “MARCUS:
Moon and Mars Gravity in a LEO Satellite,” with co-authors Eugene Levin, Joe Carroll, and John Oldson. The paper describes
a microsatellite consisting of twin capsules at the ends of a long, rotating tether, with length and mass such that one capsule
duplicates Mars gravity and the other end duplicates lunar gravity. The capsules could be fitted with life support systems
to investigate the long-term effects of Moon and Mars gravity on living organisms, including eggs, seeds, plants, and white
rats. This will give invaluable data for the effects of long-term lunar gravity on astronauts working on the planned lunar
base at the Moon’s South Pole. Using our propellantless electrodynamic propulsion system, the MARCUS satellite could
change its orbit to provide simulated Moon and Mars radiation environments, and could also be used to drop the capsules on
controlled re-entry trajectories with heatshields and parachutes, to recover the plants and animals for further study and
comparison with control plants and animals on the ground.
NEWS RELEASE--September 9th, 2008
Jerome Pearson this week presented a paper at the AIAA
Space 2008 Conference and Exposition, held at the San Diego Convention Center. The title of the paper, AIAA 2008-7689, is
“LEO Mobility Vehicle for Space Situational Awareness,” with co-authors Eugene Levin and John Oldson. The paper
describes our latest design for a maneuvering space vehicle that could examine close-up every object in low Earth orbit.
It is powered by solar arrays driving a propellantless propulsion system that is capable of almost unlimited delta-V, or change
in velocity. It is the only space vehicle capable of changing its orbit all the way from equatorial to polar, which takes
40% more delta-V than launching the vehicle from the ground into orbit.
NEWS RELEASE--June 3rd, 2007
Pearson this week presented an invited paper on lunar frontier transportation options at the Rutgers University Lunar Settlements
Symposium. The options presented included lunar space elevators for transportation from Earth orbit to L1 and the lunar surface,
and lunar tramways and microwave-paved highways for transportation from the lunar equator to the poles for lunar ice. Mr.
Pearson was interviewed by Kevin Coglin of the New Brunswick, NJ Star Ledger, and the interviews were posted at:
NEWS RELEASE--May 28th, 2007
Jerome Pearson this week presented several invited
papers to the International Space Development Conference in Dallas, Texas. The first paper covered the results of a STAR,
Inc. study on high-payoff space tethers, and the second paper was “The Real History of the Space Elevator,” which
covered the contributions of the two inventors of the space elevator, Yuri Artsutanov of St. Petersburg, Russia, and Jerome
Pearson of Mount Pleasant, SC. A third paper described lunar frontier transportation options, and the fourth demonstrated
that curbing greenhouse gas emissions will not halt global warming, and proposed a new space shield to reduce insolation and
maintain the climate.
NEWS RELEASE--April 13th, 2007
Star Technology and Research, Inc. of Mount
Pleasant, SC announced today that it has won a contract from the Air Force to design a high-altitude morphing aircraft that
could cruise indefinitely at 65,000 feet altitude, using solar cells during the day and fuel cells at night to power its electric
motor and pusher prop. The contract is a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award for $749,945 and 24 months
from the Air Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio.
NEWS RELEASE--October 3rd, 2006
Jerome Pearson today presented two invited
papers to the International Astronautical Congress in Valencia, Spain. The first paper covered the results of a STAR, Inc.
study on high-payoff space tethers, and the second paper was “The Real History of the Space Elevator,” which covered
the contributions of the two inventors of the space elevator, Yuri Artsutanov of St. Petersburg, Russia, and Jerome Pearson
of Mount Pleasant, SC.
NEWS RELEASE--August 8th, 2006
The two inventors of the space elevator, Yuri
Artsutanov of St. Petersburg, Russia, and Jerome Pearson of Mount Pleasant, SC, met today for the first time, in St. Petersburg,
Russia. Mr. Pearson traveled to meet Mr. Artsutanov in preparation for his paper at an international conference this year.
Yuri Artsutanov invented the space elevator in 1960, but did not publish a technical paper. His invention was only recognized
by the spaceflight community when Jerome Pearson invented the concept independently and published in Acta Astronautica,
an international spaceflight journal, in 1975. As a result of that publication, Sir Arthur Clarke wrote his novel, “The
Fountains of Paradise,” and the idea received broad exposure, leading to the re-discovery of the Artsutanov work. Mr.
Artsutanov is a retired materials engineer now living quietly with his wife Liudmilla in St. Petersburg.
NEWS RELEASE--June 9th, 2006
Star Technology and Research, Inc. of Mount Pleasant,
SC announced today that it has won a contract from the Air Force for a study of the feasibility of a high-altitude morphing
aircraft that could cruise indefinitely at 100,000 feet altitude, using solar cells during the day and fuel cells at night
to power its electric motor and pusher prop. The contract is a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award for
$99,577 and 9 months from the Air Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio.
NEWS RELEASE--February 7th, 2006
Star Technology and Research, Inc. of Mount
Pleasant, SC recently completed two research contracts with NASA and DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The NASA contract was with Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, and dealt with the analysis and assessment
of the payoffs from space tether concepts. The DARPA contract was a study of the Autonomous Orbit Transfer Vehicle (AOTV),
a maneuvering space vehicle pioneered by STAR, Inc. and based on their new concept for propellantless space propulsion.