Above: Aurora Propulsion Technologies team at work
Here you will find some of our current portfolio companies. Each of our great companies has been selected into our programme through a careful tender evaluation process. As part of their application they have presented to ESA a space related incubation project. ESA and Business Finland fund these projects jointly. The average incubation project duration is 1 year at the end of which a successful company will graduate from ESA BIC Finland as an alumnus. For some of our companies, the space industry represents a new business area, or an opportunity to better serve and address their existing markets utilizing space assets, or find new customer segments.
New Space logo refers to our companies dealing with “Earth to Space” projects. These represent business, technological and scientific opportunities in “extraterrestrial” use cases in addition to their ongoing and evolving business models here on Earth.
Collective Crunch is the leader in AI for the forestry industry. It was the first company to be selected into the ESA BIC Finland programme.
Collective Crunch collects climate, geo and technical data and crunch this information for deeper insights. Its predictions of forest inventories are far more accurate than conventional systems and benefit its international customers.
Please visit: www.collectivecrunch.com
Terramonitor (Satellio) joined the ESA BIC Finland incubation programme in the Summer 2018. Terramonitor is the world’s smartest Space Data map and analyzing tool of the globe.
Its mission is to enable access to Space Data for all businesses. Please follow them on Twitter @terramonitor for crisp and cloud-free space images of the globe and sign up for free at: www.terramonitor.com
An article at Spaceoneers: http://spaceoneers.io/2018/10/24/terramonitor/
Terramonitor launches satellite based map (ESA Business Applications news)
AddComposites joined ESA Business Incubation Centre Finland in the Summer of 2018. AddComposites is the world’s first plug-n-play solution for Advanced Composites Manufacturing enabling approx. 3 times faster turnaround, 15 times more cost efficiency and 80% lower labour costs. AddComposites team has roots in the Indian Space Research Organization and has graduated from Aalto University with which the manufacturing process was developed and patented to address the needs of SMEs. The now granted patent belongs to AddComposites.
Read more at: www.addcomposites.com
Solar Foods, an ESA BIC Finland incubatee since November 2018, is almost literally making protein foods out of thin air: they are unlocking natural protein from mother nature by producing an entirely new kind of nutrient-rich single-cell protein using CO2 and electricity.
The electricity can come from e.g. solar panels. This will revolutionize food production as Solar Foods’ production is not dependant on agriculture, the weather, or climate. The protein production is cost-competitive and can scale. The key material, CO2, can be captured from the air – combined with solar PV the food production can take place even in desert, arctic or in the space. In March 2018 Solar Foods secured two million euros in investor funding from venture investors and Business Finland.
At ESA BIC Finland, Solar Foods is tackling the specific challenges of food production in space and on Mars-like conditions.
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Tikitin joined ESA BIC Finland incubation programme in November 2018. The mission of Tikitin is to disrupt the 3-billion-€ timing circuit market with its MEMS resonator products.
TIKITIN OY WAS ACQUIRED BY KYOCERA IN JULY 2019.
Tikitin MEMS resonator platform can be used to realize frequency references across wide spectrum of applications ranging from frequency references for mobile phones to oven-controlled reference oscillators for harsh environments such as space. The advantages of frequency reference based on Tikitin MEMS resonators are small size, low power consumption, and excellent thermal stability. Tikitin BEAT resonator platform is available for partner products. Tikitin BEAT combines almost 20 years of research into a solution which is for the first time enables MEMS resonators to be replacements for quartz crystals. This disruptive solution has already been verified with number of different driving circuits with great results.
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Cloud Asset joined the ESA BIC Finland incubation programme in Autumn 2018.
RAMP is a unique digital command & control platform that helps our customers Digitise national scale use cases for Climate Change preparedness, mitigation & management.
RAMP utilizes Space Data, IOT Data & AI for Real-Time Operations & Decision Support.
Read more at: http://rampcommand.com/
ElFys joined the ESA Business Incubation Centre Finland in Autumn 2018. The company is manufacturing extremely sensitive light and radiation sensors. With patented Black Silicon Photodiode technology, Elfys achieves up to 200% improvement in UV and 30-50% in x-ray detection and imaging.
In the ESA BIC Finland, ElFys aims to develop its involvement in space applications and pursue a deep market penetration of the high-performance radiation detection for both space and terrestrial applications.
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Awake.AI is an ESA BIC Finland company since 2019. It is a collaborative and open data platform company that facilitates ecosystem creation for smart ports and evolving autonomous shipping. The underlying objective of the Awake platform is increasing operational efficiencies and creating new digital services for all actors in the port ecosystem, from port service providers to infrastructure utilisation to shipping customers and cargo owners. Towards this end, Awake is developing predictive analytics and models for key processes in harbour operations. To facilitate the involvement of new digital service providers for smart ports, the Awake platform is a multi-sided network for many participants to develop smart port cargo flows and a future marketplace for selling and buying smart port & ship related services.
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CubeSat Propulsion Solutions for all needs
Aurora Propulsion Technologies joined ESA BIC Finland in 2019. Its focus is on creating integrated life cycle products to handle all CubeSat propulsion needs, including attitude control, orbital maneuvering and controlled deorbiting at end of their mission.
Kitsat joined ESA BIC Finland incubation programme in March 2019. Kitsat is an educational satellite concept based on the popular CubeSat format, used by hundreds of universities. It is the core of the New Space movement that is changing the whole way of going to space, using the space technology and transforming also our daily lives.
Kitsat can be used as an introduction to space technology, with uses ranging from high school level STEAM curriculum to professional entry-level training. Kitsat provides a platform for realistic satellite operation simulations, and is a full package for inspirational sci-tech teaching. Together with its portable ground segment unit, control software and educational framework, it can be used in science parks, colleges, universities, organizations, and companies interested to expand to space tech.
Arctic Astronautics Ltd. is the company behind Kitsat and its development. Kitsat was awarded as the educational innovation of the year 2018 in Beijing, China, by Finnish Quality Association.
Zero Gravity Oy is an ESA BIC Finland company since 2019. Zero Gravity Oy is building UrbanAI, a next generation software heavily based on satellite imagery data for smart cities, mobility and automotive with a team with roots in R&D, software development, data science and AI. Cities can become a tremendous source of innovation and of solutions against climate change. The mission of Zero Gravity Oy is to foster this innovation using satellite data technologies to help cities to reach long term sustainable development goals, become more eco-friendly and bring them actionable insights to help in decision making. Their aim is to bring innovation in the mobility sector using satellite data technologies and to unveil the potential of new earth observation data sources and the technologies that stand behind it to enhance the possibilities of smart mobility.
You can read more about Zero Gravity and follow them here:
Read in their blog about the prizes from space tech competitions: https://www.zerogravity.fi/blog
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