Omega partners data engine Privateer to make space predictable and sustainable

The watchmaker is supporting a critical mission to track satellites and debris that pose hazards to human activity in space.

Privateer’s mission is led by a crew of three: Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, Ripcord CEO and founder Alex Fielding, and astrodynamicist and space environmentalist Dr. Moriba Jah (All photos: Omega)

To bring sustainability to our galaxy, watch brand Omega is collaborating with Privateer, a data engine that maps out satellites and debris in the earth’s orbit in order to make space predictable, safe and sustainable in the future. Headquartered in Maui, Hawaii, Privateer was founded by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Ripcord CEO Alex Fielding, who head the mission along with space environmentalist Dr Moriba Jah.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Omega for the launch of Privateer’s proprietary knowledge graph technology. Omega has deep roots in exploration of land, sea and space, and with its support, Privateer will be able to further humankind’s exploration and understanding of this ultimate frontier,” says Fielding.


The new partnership is further proof of the Swiss brand’s willingness to seek out adventure, learn, evolve, take risks

Omega is no stranger to space, especially as it was the maker of the first watch on the moon, the Moonwatch (considered the most famous chronograph in the world). This new collaboration is about keeping space safe and accessible, tracking orbiting objects accurately.

There are about 40,000 pieces of man-made space trash that are larger than 10cm each circling our planet, and that number does not include the hundreds of thousands of other unidentified and unpredictable hazards. These floating objects threaten the safety of functioning satellites that collect data and are key to our communications services.



“Our partnership with Privateer is like finding the final piece in the puzzle. With this new project, we can give back to the planet from the depths of the sea to beyond the skies. There is also a great synergy between Omega and Privateer. We share an obsessive attention to detail.

The inside of a mechanical watch is like a mini universe — everything needs to operate without obstructions if you want it to work perfectly and endure,” adds Omega president and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann.

This article first appeared on Mar 21, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.


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