October 28, 2021

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Apple Co-Founder Wozniak Teases New Space-Focused Startup

A new startup from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak may focus on clearing up space junk.

On Sunday, Wozniak teased his latest venture with a cryptic tweet: “A Private space company is starting up, unlike the others.”

Wozniak’s tweet features a video about the startup, which is called Privateer and currently in stealth mode. But the company isn’t focused on engaging in space warfare as the name might suggest. Instead, the video preaches about working together to solve the world’s problems. 

“This isn’t a race. It isn’t a competition. Or a game. We are not one person, one company, one nation. We are one planet,” the video says amid images of space flight and climate change. 

The video then shows several fiery objects about to slam into a space station. “So here’s to taking care of what we have, so the next generation can be better, together,” it says.

The video’s description adds: “Privateer Space is working to keep space safe and accessible to all humankind.” Another backer of the startup is Alex Fielding, the founder of Ripcord, a company that uses robotics and computer algorithms to help companies organize their data.

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Privateer plans on providing more details on Tuesday during the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference held in Maui, Hawaii. The event itself is devoted to tracking objects, including space trash and active satellites, in orbit around the planet to help avoid collisions.

Last year, Wozniak backed another startup called Efforce, which focuses on promoting green technologies through a blockchain-based virtual currency. The token’s symbol is “WOZX.”

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