Precious Payload Landed In A New Aerospace Startup Accelerator In Abu Dhabi

Precious Payload is now a part of the first batch in the aerospace-themed Gothams Hub71 Accelerator in the UAE. The new program kicked off in the first week of October in Abu Dhabi. Our team was selected to join the cohort of 5 early-stage technology companies. 

PP team with leaders of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre مركز محمد بن راشد للفضاء at #HUB71 #Gothams

The Gothams Hub71 Accelerator is partnering with Starburst and aiming to scale and integrate talented aerospace, avionics, and defense initiatives into the global economy. The startup accelerator is supported by mentors from the UAE Space Agency, Data Collective Venture Capital, and Mubadala Investment Company, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, Thales, Ethihad, and other enterprises. 

The unique combination of newly born innovative Abu Dhabi entrepreneurs environment and the opportunity to engage forward-looking companies creating cutting edge technologies seeks to develop Arabic Silicon Valley, a comfortable ecosystem that is to accelerate the economy of the region.

How To Build a Business On Hosted Payloads And Space Expertise?

Andrey Maksimov: We are continuing our conversations with great companies about big products in the industry. That’s another take from the Logan, Utah SmallSat show 2019. With me today is Doug Liddle from the In-Space Missions company based in the United Kingdom. We’re gonna talk about an alternative way to test your payloads in orbit and hopefully do it on a very good time scale and within the budget. So, Doug, could you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you come from, and then we can discuss the business. 

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Precious Payload’s Presentation For Young Space Teams At Techcongress In India

In early September Precious Payload participated in Indian Technology Congress 2019. It was held in NIMHANS Convention Centre in Bangalore. Bangalore is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, the center of the national high-tech industry. The congress focused on human digitalization and future intelligence and with a special theme on “The New Space Horizon: An Emerging Ecosystem for Student Built Satellites”. 

Dozens of nanosatellites student teams took part in the event due to the 75 Student Satellites initiative of Indian Technology Congress Association (ITCA). ITCA has initiated an ambitious national student space project in collaboration with Indian and International tech-space organizations. The 75 Student Satellites Mission 2022 is designed to build and launch 75 spacecraft next 3 years to attract future scientists and engineers to the space sector.

Andrey Maksimov, CEO and co-founder of Precious Payload, appeared as a speaker at the event. He was talking about our online mission management service for young space teams. Here’s a video record of Precious Payload’s presentation: 

Pixxel Picks To Ride Aboard Soyuz-2 Using Precious Payload’s Launch Booking Platform

With the support of Precious Payload’s launch booking and space mission management platform, Pixxel, an Indian space startup based in Bengaluru, has signed a launch contract with GK Launch Services, an operator of commercial launches of Soyuz-2 family launch vehicles.  Under the agreement, the first tech demo mission of Pixxel to be launched in Q2-Q3 2020 from Baikonur spaceport on GK-operated Soyuz-2 rocket. 

Baikonur spaceport

Pixxel is building a constellation of earth imaging satellites to provide global coverage every 24 hours. The startup is the only Asian participant in the Techstars Starbust Space Accelerator where it is working with JPL NASA, US Air Force, Lockheed Martin, SAIC and IAI among other space stalwarts.

Awais Ahmed, CEO of Pixxel

We have chosen GK Launch Services because it bundles all the services in one package, offering transparent and standard insurance products along with launch services to the customers. Moreover, the company helps to solve less evident but equally important issues that traditionally brokers do, such as separation systems, logistics support, and right up to visa support. At the same time, having trusted our launch management to Precious Payload team, we have opted for focusing on our product and clients.’

Alexander Serkin, CEO of GK Launch Services

We are pleased that Pixxel has chosen the most reliable launch vehicle, Soyuz-2*, in the world for injecting their satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit. The smallsat launch market is gaining progress rapidly – new solutions are appearing that help customers find a provider of launch, integration, insurance and other related services. The team of GK Launch Services pays great attention to such solutions. The approach of Precious Payload to space mission management using modern IT-platform software helps customers be more informed about the advantages of cooperation with this or that launch provider. It is a useful tool for quick and better communication with our potential customers and the industry in whole.’

Andrey Maksimov, CEO of Precious Payload

‘We are happy that Pixxel has found GK Launch Services through our online platform. It will be a good test for our new service model for complete space mission management. In the growing small satellite market, launch providers are eager to make a product that provides comprehensive turn-key solutions for smallsat customers. GK Launch Services have developed an innovative online price calculator that meets market demand. The company also solves one of the key issues in the space sector, which is the provision of chain management.’


*The only launcher that delivers cosmonauts and astronauts to the ISS.

More info about the contract Pixxel signed with GK Launch Services you could find in the official press release: http://gklaunch.ru/en/news/soyuz-2-to-launch-first-demo-mission-for-pixxel-constellation-of-india/

Three Eras Of Space Launch For Smallsats

Last month we talked about different launch opportunities starting from stratospheric balloons and various platforms to orbital launches and space tugs. This diversity is a relatively new case for the space market and the number of emerging rocket companies can be truly intimidating. Will this trend continue in the future? Or should we prepare for another change? This time we will portray the evolution of the launch market from 2010 – the year when this growth started and up to 2023-2025.

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The Future of Secure Encryption: In-Orbit Quantum Key Distribution By SpeQtral

Andrey Maksimov: Today with us is Robert Bedington, CTO and co-founder of SpeQtral, a company based in Singapore, formerly known as S15 Space Systems. We continue our #knowyouroptions conversation with entrepreneurs working on amazing products. And today we’re at the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah. 

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Smallsat 2019 insights and Precious Payload’s side meeting

SmallSat Conference in Utah is the best space event to align yourself with the industry, present the results for the year, or get new partners. The Precious Payload team shared a booth with our partners from Orbital Transports, met with customers, networked like there’s no tomorrow, and ran a side meeting.

We believe that the side meeting’s format is great for sharing what we’ve achieved during the last year, and gathering feedback and discussing new ideas with our colleagues. But one thing for sure, it was really hard to compete with all the other great side meetings and poster sessions that were happening all at the same time. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve decided to share the video of our side meeting with everyone who could not attend it for whatever reason:

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Space Taxi for Your Satellite – Part II

Interview with Negar Feher, VP of Product and Business Development of Momentus

At the beginning of the summer, we have had an amazing tour to Momentus facilities, a space tug factory in Silicon Valley. We continue our #knowyouroptions series to feature NewSpace entrepreneurs and inspire more people to join the space race with an interesting conversation with Negar Feher, VP of Product and Business Development of Momentus. She has taken us on a tour, has introduced the team, and has given us a big #knowyouroptions interview.

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Space Taxi for Your Satellite – Part I

Visiting Momentus factory in Silicon Valley

In early June our partners, California-based startup Momentus, invited Precious Payload team to their factory. Momentus is a developing in-space shuttle service, using safe water-plasma propulsion technology, for taking satellites from where the rockets drop them off to a custom orbit. Negar Feher, VP of Product and Business Development of Momentus, has taken us on a tour, has introduced the team, and has given us a big #knowyouroptions interview.

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