Meet True Anomaly: The Startup Disrupting Space Technology with its Jackal Autonomous Orbital Vehicle

April 8, 2023
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A startup called True Anomaly, focused on space security & sustainability, has raised $30 million in funding, including $17 million in a recent Series A round led by Eclipse & supported by Rio Ventures, Champion Hill Ventures, Space VC, & Narya.

Former military operators & engineers who specialize in building spacecraft & software solutions founded the startup in 2022.

The platform of True Anomaly includes seamless satellite, navigation, & data capture technologies that provide unparalleled security & training for the rapidly evolving space market.

Within a year, True Anomaly designed its first spacecraft, the Jackal Autonomous Orbital Vehicle. Opened a 35,000-square-foot factory in Denver, & hired 57 employees.

True Anatoly plans to validate the technical abilities & operational capabilities of the Jackal & scale production later this year, with this most recent funding.

The team at the company has a deep understanding of the increasing international risks facing space systems & the urgency with which they need to be mitigated. The integrated technology stack of True Anamoly will enable the US & its allies to understand activity in the space domain, deploy resilient systems, train combat-ready forces, & compete responsibly.

The work of the company is geared towards helping the US remain the world’s preeminent space power in the face of increased competition from nations such as Russia & China. The Jackal Autonomous Orbital Vehicle (JAOV) is designed for the most challenging space domain awareness missions in LEO, GEO, & other orbits.

JAOV operates safely at close ranges to collect multi-spectral imagery , full-motion video, & metric observation data of any resident space object in any orbit. True Anamoly’s next-generation Mission Control System is used to process data at the edge transport layer or cloud.

TA plans to match the government’s commitment to space resilience & responsible competition by building the solutions needed to enable continued US military advantage in space & protect the burgeoning private sector space economy.

The private & public sectors must join forces to enact meaningful, pivotal change to overcome intense national security space challenges, & must do so dramatically faster than the 7–10 years currently consumed by legacy military space programs.

Congress & the Department of Defence continue to prioritize space resilience & responsible competition with the creation of a new military branch, the Space Force, in 2019, & year-over-year USFS budget increases. 

TA is the purpose- built team with the tactical, technological, & defense procurement expertise to develop the necessary capabilities to regain the US’s military advantage in space & bolster national security.

Govind Tekale

Embarking on a new journey post-retirement, Govind, once a dedicated teacher, has transformed his enduring passion for current affairs and general knowledge into a conduit for expression through writing. His historical love affair with reading, which borders on addiction, has evolved into a medium to articulate his thoughts and disseminate vital information. Govind pens down his insights on a myriad of crucial topics, including the environment, wildlife, energy, sustainability, and health, weaving through every aspect that is quintessential for both our existence and that of our planet. His writings not only mirror his profound understanding and curiosity but also serve as a valuable resource, offering a deep dive into issues that are critical to our collective future and well-being.

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