Earth observation business is a tasty morsel for both small startups and well-seasoned players on the space market. Precious Payload’s CEO Andrew Maximov sat down to talk with Awais Ahmed, founder and CEO of Pixxel, an innovative space startup from India working in Earth observation business, about ways for startups to gain a foothold in this sector of the space industry, discuss the various hurdles on the way to dominating the EO market as well as the best ways for collected satellite imagery to find its way to the end-user.
Stay home and safe, join our new video tour to Momentus facility in Silicon Valley. Momentus uses water-plasma propulsion technology for taking satellites from where the rockets drop them off to a custom orbit. Last summer the company has launched its first demonstration mission from Vostochny spaceport and going to fly with two more demo-missions in 2020.
Interview with Momentus VP Negar Feher – updates, news, and plans of the spacecraft bus operator
Andrey Maksimov: Here we are. Hi, Negar. It’s February 2020 now. Last time we were here more than 8 months ago, so it seems like a lot of things have changed. You had a technical mission last year, fundraised a crazy amount of money, grew your team and made some progress on your main product, which is Vigoride.
We would love to have an update from you into delivering orbital customers. We do it as part of our #knowyouroptions campaign where we basically are building software that helps people understand their launch options, and how to figure out a space mission. So, we’d really love to know what’s new in your shop here and what’s going on.
Modularity Space is developing low-cost modular reusable satellites that can be repaired, refueled, and upgraded in space, calling this innovative approach “Click-and-GO”. Scott Weintraub founded the company based in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2016. Inspired by desktop computers, Modularity Space satellites and flight software revolve around interoperability allowing both subsystems and payloads to simply click together and work.
“This “Click-and-GO” approach enables a completely mission flexible, hardware-agnostic, software-defined satellite,” says Nolan Coulter, Chief Technology Officer at Modularity Space. “Imagine being able to completely interface, test, and operate your payload or satellite with a simple click of a button.”
Bringing the “Click-and-GO” satellite into production is a team of engineers and entrepreneurs with an extensive background in on-orbit servicing, modular satellites, and flight software. In our new #knowyouroptions interview, Precious Payload spoke to Scott and Nolan about the advantages of the modular approach in satellite development.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve created the #knowyouroptions series to feature NewSpace entrepreneurs and inspire more people to join the space race. This time our guest isAwais Ahmed from Pixxel, the former student whose team is currently preparing for the launch of the first in-house built EO satellite. The whole constellation is to come.