Our Story

Starseed was first established in 2015 under the brand name Soulpilots. In 2020, the company changed its name to Starseed AS (Inc.). However, the company's origins started way back in 1984. In the following, we present our timeline with the most important milestones through text, photos and film.

1984

The early start

At the age of 14, Trond Nyman Aarre travelled by passenger plane for the first time. During the landing at Stavanger Airport late at night, Trond saw the indigo blue landing lights, which made a big impression on him ­– without him knowing exactly why. The spiritual indigo blue lights stayed in Trond's dreams every night for several weeks, and he just had to bring the lights home to the boys’ room. Trond went trespassing – climbing over the fence to Stavanger Airport to take nocturnal pictures of the indigo blue landing lights on the runway. These very landing lights became the start of Trond's lifelong fascination for and dedication to aviation and air sports. The Starseed logo has the same Pantone colour as the colour radiating from the indigo blue landing lights. It is part of the story that Trond was arrested by the airport guard – but then released as he was fascinated by how far Trond would go to reach his goal :-)

The original photo taken in 1984

1988

The first paramotor flight in Norway

Trond Nyman Aarre and Espen Munthe were trained as paramotor pilots in Augsburg, Germany, with the German photographer Achim Mende as instructor. At the same time, a PagoJet BG11 paramotor was purchased by musician and designer Bernd Gärtig. Well back home in Norway, the first paramotor flight was performed on Skeie airfield approximately a 45 minute drive from Stavanger.

1989

The evaluation committee for the legalisation of paramotoring

Our Chief Starseed Officer :-), Trond Nyman Aarre, 17 at the time and already a dedicated skydiver and paragliding pilot, pioneered paramotoring in the Nordic countries and was the first paramotor pilot and instructor in Norway. Trond chaired the first evaluation committee for the legalisation of paramotoring under the the Norwegian Airsport Federation. Lars Ove Lofthus became the first official paramotor student in Norway.

Trond with the clothespin throttle well planted in his mouth.
Lars Oves first flight (1989)

1990

The development of Skywalker One

PagoJet BG11 was still in excellent condition, but Trond and Lars Ove decided that the design could be both lighter, more affordable and not least with a better design and with significantly better flight characteristics. In collaboration with the Danish aviation pioneer Vincent Seremet, Trond and Lars Ove designed and engineered the first Nordic paramotor model called ‘Skywalker One’. 10 copies were manufactured to be sold in Norway and Denmark. 

Skywalker One

 

2000

Insight is king

Trond and Lars Ove purchased all the most well-known frames and engines in the market for active testing. The work of specifying their dream machine starts. In the next few years, the acquisition of other paramotor models gives them a thorough understanding of what is happening in the market at all times, and helps them finding the optimal reference models. 

2015

Partnering up with Evo Aviation

Trond Nyman Aarre and Lars Ove Lofthus allied with Miro Arsov (Evo Aviation, Bulgaria) for the development of a new generation of paramotors. First prototype saw the light.

2016

The end of partnership with Evo Aviation and a new partnership with industrial designer Steffen Mølgaard

After several prototypes and some testing, the collaboration was abruptly ended. Both partners agreed to further develop the new generation of paramotors with different angles and approaches and split teams for good. Miro Arsov launched the 'Rebel'.

Trond and Lars allied with industrial designer Steffen Mølgaard as a new partner and co-owner of Starseed. The work with Starseed X got a much more professional and methodical approach than they had experienced before.

Lars Ove Lofthus and Steffen Mølgaard discusses the Starseed X tank before production of the third prototype.
3D printed prototype of the tank
Steffen is testing one of the first prototypes of the Starseed X fuel tank.

2017

Prototyping of the upcoming Starseed X

Two prototypes were developed and duly tested. With the goal of an almost perfect framework, work continued on further optimisation at all levels and according to our visions and philosophy of 'Sophisticated Simplicity'.

Partnering up with Fabrizio Tieghi and Matteo Asnicar

Starseed partnered up with Matteo Asnicar (Italy) to develop the new engine, Starseed Engine e82, and Fabrizio Tieghi (Italy) as an ideator and test pilot for an all new cocoon version of the Starseed X.

Fabrizio Tieghi
Matteo Asnicar

2018

New prototypes of the upcoming Starseed X

Two new Starseed X prototypes were developed. Although we were initially ready for launch, we wanted further insight and response from the market. Several experienced pilots around the world were engaged as members of our Starseed focus group to give ideas for further improvements towards the perfect air frame. 

First prototype of the Starseed Engine (e-82)

The first working prototype of the Starseed e82 designed and made by Matteo Asnicar, e-Flight Inc, sees the light. The engine is purpose designed for the Starseed air frames. And what an engine! A small revolution coming up!

Starseed e82 by e-Flight

Trond Nyman Aarre's 30th anniversary of skydiving and flying paramotors and paragliders

On the 16th of September 2018 our founder Trond Nyman Aarre celebrated his 30th anniversary of skydiving and flying paramotors and paragliders.

2019

Starseed X launch at Coupe Icare

Starseed X is born and launched at Coupe Icare with an overwhelming response from world champions, fellow pilots, good friends and media visiting our stand.

Start of the development of Starseed XF

The development of a new model - Starseed XF - continues. Hundreds of tests, more than 10 prototypes with all kind of manual and electric gas dampers tested. And in the end we totally saw the light - to be loyal to the vision and brand promise of sophisticated simplicity.

Latest prototype of the Starseed XF until we saw the light with a capital L! After all, our brand promise is and always will be Sophisticated Simplicity. The less complicated, the better.

2020

Starseed XF is born

Starseed XF is born and represents an all new class of paramotors by representing the missing link between paragliding and paramotoring.

The start of a new lower-cost model

Team Starseed goes all in to develop a new lower-cost starship model with the goal of creating the ultimate bridge between paragliding and paramotoring. To cope with this, the titanium machined construction of the Starseed X / XF must be simplified to the utmost, without compromising on either quality, flight characteristics, strength - or the uncompromising and highly efficient design our Starseed airframes are known for. After 11 prototypes and hundreds of hours of testing in our hangar and in the air, the concept direction Starseed Fusion is born. A real ‘Thermal Booster’ flies best with a pod harness and/or leg cover pod. Therefore, the development and testing of our own pod harness is high on our priority list, alternatively adapting and optimizing the Apco Paramotor Pod cover leg for our purpose. Nothing is as fun as concept development, prototyping and testing on the ground and in the air, something Trond Nyman Aarre and Fabrizio Teighi can happily sign!

2021

Starseed Inc. featured in Paramotor Magazine

Starseed Inc. and our team manager Trond Nyman Aarre featured in Paramotor Magazine. The full article can be downloaded from here.

Starseed Fusion is born 💙

29th of May
Our all-new Starseed Fusion delivers a reclined flying position for a relaxed paragliding feel. We have achieved this by raising the specially designed fuel tank to become the back panel; new swing arms, and properly balanced geometry of both the Starseed Fusion star frame and optimized harnesses.

Team Starseed celebrating our newest creation, the Starseed Fusion.

New international dealer program launched

29th of May
We are excited to finally launch our all-new dealer model. This means Starseed Inc. will no longer sell products directly to private customers. To purchase our products, you need to contact one of our dealers. If you want to become a part of this fantastic team of professionals present all over the world, write to us and share your passion!

Launch of Starseed In-flight refuelling system

20th of December
According to polls, 80% of all pilots fly less than one hour per flight. But for those very long XC flights, an optional custom designed flexible fuel tank placed inside our front fuel container allows you carry up to 9.5L of extra fuel and pump fuel directly into the main fuel tank on your back. The In-flight refuelling system is so far only available for Starseed owners, but a generic stand-alone version for all paramotor brands will be available in May 2022.

2022

Launch of Starseed X Limited edition, the devilish and uncompromising brother of Starseed Fusion

25th of February
Some pilots thrive best with a relaxed and reclined flight style, with a packed lunch and thermos on their way to a destination far, far away. Others enjoy flying full speed upside down or more active close to the terrain. Meet our signature model, the Starseed X Limited Edition, which happens to support both flying styles, thus being two paramotors in one.

Starseed X Limited edition is a result of true engineering and the vision that only the best is good enough, free from technical limitations and financial savings measures. For you to have the finances to buy our Starseed X Limited edition, we have subsidized the price by 40%. We do this to show the world what we're capable of when only the best is good enough, and to celebrate our Chief Starseed Officer Trond Nyman Aarre’s 35th anniversary as a passionate paramotor pilot and instructor.

Starseed Fusion reviewed by Paramotor Magazine

February
We are both honored and humbled to read the review of our Starseed Fusion in the 02/22 edtion of Paramotor Magazine. You can download and read the review here.

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