When Colorado Springs-based aerospace startup True Anomaly went public earlier this month, it did so with a new facility, 57 employees and $30 million in capital. Founded by four US Air Force veterans, the company’s ambitious mission is to prepare the US military for space warfare by building software and spacecraft designed to protect the nation’s commercial and military assets in space.
Even Rogers, CEO and co-founder of True Anomaly, believes the U.S. has fallen behind in space capabilities over the past two decades. As the military and its allies focus primarily on counterinsurgency operations, Rogers warns that without strengthening space security, attacks on US spacecraft could lead to catastrophic and debris-generating consequences.
Rogers emphasizes the importance of investing in and protecting space-based technologies, saying, “If we don’t act quickly and swiftly, our nation and its allies are at greater risk of geopolitical conflict and escalation of conflict that extends into space.”
On April 6, True Anomaly announced a $17 million Series A funding round led by Eclipse Ventures, bringing its total venture capital to $30 million since its inception in 2022. The startup plans to use the money to produce its Shakal Autonomous Orbital Vehicle, a spacecraft designed to study space objects up close. With the help of a human-controlled artificial intelligence pilot, Jackal collects images, videos and data from space objects in orbit.
True Anomaly also developed a software platform for US Space Force spacecraft pilots for wargaming and training. Securing US space interests is more important than ever, thanks to a 2022 Defense Intelligence Agency report that highlights the growing space capabilities of China and Russia.
Eclipse partner Seth Winterroth believes the True Anomaly team has the expertise to restore America’s military advantage in space. The founders’ backgrounds in space operations, defense acquisition and orbital warfare make them well-suited to enhance national security through their innovative solutions.
As the world navigates space warfare and security challenges, True Anomaly’s vision and commitment to protecting US military and commercial assets in space could prove critical to maintaining the nation’s position in the space arena.