Vyoma and EnduroSat sign MoU for more sustainability in space

Published on Fri, 17.02.2023 – 05:00 CET in Cooperations, covering Vyoma

Vyoma is a German NewSpace start-up that aims to make space safer. It has partnered with EnduroSat, a leading software-defined nanosatellite and space service provider. Together they want to improve the safety of satellites in orbit. To this end, they have signed a memorandum of understanding to support each other in improving the sustainability of space activities.

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According to Vyoma, Endurosat's small satellites will be better protected from space debris and will not end up as space junk. This will be made possible through a collaboration that will give EnduroSat access to accurate, real-time tracking data. This data is collected by a network of ground-based sensors distributed around the world. In the near future, the network will be expanded to include space-based sensors that will allow Vyoma to make highly accurate trajectory predictions. This will make it easier to detect dangerous approaches and enable satellite operators to decide more efficiently when to take evasive action.

Vyoma's service complements EnduroSat's "Space as a Service" offering, which provides an easy way to launch different types of payloads into orbit. A huge advantage of this is that the satellite hardware does not have to be developed from scratch. This is because EnduroSat's software-defined architecture allows multiple sensors to work reliably together on a single platform.

Commitment to sustainability in orbit

The importance of working together to promote space sustainability was emphasised by Stefan Frey, CEO of Vyoma. He explained: "Ensuring space remains safe and sustainable is a shared responsibility, but to adhere to their duty, operators need better tools at their disposal." The data and services provided by Vyoma will enable EnduroSat to improve the safety of its satellites and the efficiency of its operations. After all, the more accurately you can respond to potential threats, the better you can plan costly evasive manoeuvres.

Highlighting the importance of the collaboration, Raycho Raychev, founder and CEO of EnduroSat, said: "I am really proud of Vyoma and our constant team’ efforts to improve sustainability in orbit. As the space industry is maturing, we need to have coherent and open ways to operate safely and to protect the safety of others."

From 2024, Vyoma plans to launch space-based telescopes to detect space debris. This will make it possible to further improve the accuracy of space debris trajectories. According to the Darmstadt-based company, this should lower the visibility threshold to objects as small as 1 cm. There are currently around one million of these in orbit (1 - 10 cm). The risk of space debris colliding with satellites is drastically reduced when they are detected.

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Written by M. Weissflog
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