Back in March we covered the launch of Seraphim Capital’s new “Space Camp Accelerator”. This is the UK’s first dedicated accelerator programme for startups in the spacetech industry.
Ther’s now selected the six corporations in this first cohort. They come from from the US, Denmark and the UK. The programme is underway and is 9 weeks in total, objective 9/10 July. The key partners are the new UK Space Agency, Dentons, Rolls-Royce, Cyient, European Space Agency, SA Catapult and Capital Enterprise as well as Airbus, SSTL and Telespazio.
Here’s a run-down of which companies are in the programme of activities, in their own terms 😛 TAGEND
QuadSAT is a Danish company that has developed brand new tools and techniques for testing and calibrating satellite antennas being deployed in high-value Maritime and Aeronautical marketplaces. Blending the latest drone technology with a simulated spacecraft warhead and mathematical algorithm, QuadSAT simplifies the requirements for spacecraft antenna testing, qualification and calibration.
Tesseract constructs satellite propulsion systems that use non toxic propellants, have dramatically better performance, and lower cost than existing options.
Current satellite propulsion technologies rely on toxic ga that is dangerous to handle. This ensues in fuelling costs of up to $500 k per satellite and are expenditure prohibitive for inexpensive smallsats. Tesseract has redesigned thrusters for low toxicity gasolines and modern manufacturing techniques such as 3D publication.
This removes the $500 k fuelling cost and renders twice the propulsion for half the cost. Tesseract is an alumnus of Y Combinator- the world’s pre-eminent start-up accelerator and already has Letters of Intent for over $150 m in annual revenues.
By 2050 there will be 10 billion people on Earth, means that 70% more meat will need to be produced from the same ground we are now farm. The drive for yield-improving, high precision autonomous farming is therefore a pressing issue now. Globe Rover is looking to address this by developing farming robots based on the same engineering originally developed for the ExoMars Rover.
Selling precision farming-as-a-service, Earth Rover’s initial target marketplace is the PS1. 7bn labour-intensive organic vegetable production market in Europe where it hopes to save farmers PS1, 500 per hectare p.a. Initial field trials are planned for the current developing season with one of the UK’s largest organic farms.
Global Surface Intelligence
According to the UN, there are over 4,000 spacecrafts currently orbiting countries around the world, which accumulate and communicate a vast array of raw data which are able to transformed into valuable decision-making information. This information can assist institutions and companies to better manage their land- based assets such as forestry, agriculture, water, minerals and man-made infrastructures.
Global Surface Intelligence( GSI) is one of a handful of companies around the world with access to a satellite database that effectively maps the changing behaviour of the world’s resources. GSI transforms the raw images from spacecraft, drone-based LiDAR and other data sets into advanced asset analytics and constructs contextual panoramas of natural assets to quantify their performance, health, crop and value, constructing these natural assets more investable and better managed.
The huge growth of Space data is outdoing improvements in conventional processing platforms such as CPUs and GPUs. A relatively new kind of integrated circuit known as field-programmable gate arrays( FPGAs)- designed to be configured after manufacturing by a client applying software- are capable of the hardware acceleration needed to address these issues.
This capability is relevant for areas such as high-speed data analytics, network processing, security roles and low power processing for IoT and Space.Reconfigure.io has developed a core platform permitting the acceleration of key calculate demands with such FPGA technology by for the first time attaining it readily accessible to technologists. It is therefore a key enabler for the mass adoption of FPGAs in the Space sector.
KisanHub is a Crop Intelligence Platform and was borne out of a desire to give farmers everywhere a sophisticated, meaningful yet, simple decision-support. Founded in 2013, KisanHub uses big data analytics, cloud computing, and machine learning to compile data regarding satellite imagery, weather stations, soil sensors, and other sources.
The platform offerings yield projections, pesticide application monitoring and other features for potato growing, which helps marketers manage contracts and supports farmers’ decision-making. KisanHub’s target patrons are agriculture endeavours, such as suppliers, processors, and retailers.
Roughly 2,300 growers in the UK and 1,000 in India use KisanHub’s software, all paid for by the enterprise customers. KisanHub sources data via hardware and imagery partnerships, including one with satellite imagery provider Planet Labs. They have raised over PS2. 5m VC investment.