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INNOspace Masters: a step forward in satellite development

The INNOspace Masters competition came to a close on May 4th, presenting the winners of a groundbreaking competition that draw worldwide attention to the Space Administration of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the concept of “New Space Economy”. More than 50 startups presented revolutionary proposals, and 3 were recognized for their contributions to space technologies and future repercussions to processes related to the aerospace field, and obviously, to mankind.

The overall win of the competition as well as the first place in the DLR Space Administration Challenge were awarded to Prof Sergio Montenegro and Tobias Mikschl from the aerospace information technology  faculty of the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg (Germany), whose Skith project involves the world’s first wireless satellite. Up until now, it has been necessary to interconnect all of an orbiter’s individual components using electrical cables. Instead of cables, Skith uses miniaturised high-speed wireless modules capable of communicating across short distances in real time. This reduces costs and the effort involved in planning while increasing satellite flexibility and reliability.

The winner of the Airbus Defence & Space Challenge, Dr Markus Knapek, CEO of ViaLight Communications GmbH, is working on laser communication terminals designed for use in future satellite mega-constellations that will operate in low Earth orbit (LEO). These terminals are capable of transmitting data across thousands of kilometres at rates up to 10 gigabits per second.

In the ESA BIC Startup Challenge, Giulia Federico, Ran Qedar and Saish Sridharan – founders of Space Products and Innovation UG – took home the top prize with the innovative multipurpose adapter MA61C. This universal adapter will make it possible to connect satellites’ on-board computing systems with their respective subsystems without any additional programming. This will result in reductions, in both time and costs, in satellite manufacturing.

Assisting to this event was very important for PI Integral Solutions, because this was an occasion to reach out to startups in the aerospace field, while having a close up look at a blooming industry and stablish relations with the winners and finalist of every category.

Such was the case of Reaktor, a Finland company that submitted a concept for implementing satellite developments as a series of cyber-physical systems. This conceptual technology has infinite possibilities to PI Integral Solutions that we hope to explore and adapt in the coming months. Reaktor has agreed to work with us in the Eupromap project, specifically in the architecture and structure of the venture.

Another interesting association was Vectoflow, a manufacturing company that will also assume an important role in the Eupromap endeavor. This event ended up being really useful to PI Integral Solutions, because it closed gaps and cleared doubts regarding the Eupromap project.

Sunday, May 15, 2016