More than 20 Spanish companies join forces to promote a constellation of 30 Earth observation satellites – SatNews

More than twenty Spanish companies and entities have joined forces to design, manufacture and launch a constellation of 30 Earth observation satellites; an unprecedented R & D & I project which will involve an investment of 147 million euros and will allow the digitization of multiple strategic sectors, as well as the obtaining of key data for environmental monitoring and ecological transition.

Open Cosmos, the company that operates satellite missions from A to Z, is piloting this national and transversal project which brings together companies from the entire value chain of the space sector – from satellite design to data management or specific applications for the end user – and which was presented to the Ministry of Industry, within the framework of the projects of the Program for the promotion of industrial competitiveness and sustainability which will be financed by European recovery funds.

The consortium brings together 23 actors – large entities, SMEs and research centers – leading the development of space technologies and applications in our country, including, besides Open Cosmos, others of Sener’s stature, the Instituto Astrofísico de Canarias, the cluster space of the Community of Madrid, IEEC, i2CAT and ICGC.

This space initiative is therefore a revulsive for the economy, because it will promote a new industrial fabric exporting 100% Spanish technology, which should generate 10% more quality jobs in the space sector and a turnover of more than 500 million euros by 2026.

The ultimate goal of this constellation of more than 30 Earth observation satellites, the first phase of which should start operating in less than two years, will be to build digital models to meet the main challenges facing Spain. in terms of sustainability, digitization and optimization of multiple economic sectors with frequent data of high scientific value.

The satellites will include new propulsion systems, a generation of observation cameras with integrated artificial intelligence, a high-bandwidth communication system or the integration of applications with terrestrial and satellite Internet of Things (IoT) services, among other elements.

In addition, a data platform will be deployed in the cloud where, thanks to advanced processing techniques supported by artificial intelligence, it will be possible to analyze the environment for efficient decision-making, enabling direct applications. in agriculture, civil and environmental protection, alternative energies, infrastructure management, prevention and detection of natural disasters, etc. In this way, they will monitor the environment or the impact of the human footprint from space, thus contributing to the achievement of the European goals of digitization and the environment detailed in the European Green Deal.

A strong commitment to New Space in Spain

With this project, Open Cosmos reinforces its firm commitment in Spain, where it has doubled its workforce in recent years, as well as the integration and repatriation of high-level talents. In addition, it is positioning itself as a promoter of New Space in our country, a booming sector called to play an important role in the recovery because of its ability to boost the economy and jobs.

Open Cosmos, founded by Mallorcan Rafel Jordá, has a great experience in the space sector which accelerated in 2017 with the launch of its first satellite and consolidated with its leadership in space missions with the British Space Agency (UKSA) or the European Area (ESA), which have funded some of its most important projects. In 2017, it was selected by ESA as the leading European supplier of nanosatellite space missions as part of the Pioneer program. In addition, in 2019, she was appointed to develop the Mantis Earth Observation satellite, a mission whose applications relate to the monitoring and regulation of oil and gas extraction, as well as the monitoring of the mining operation and its impact to ensure an efficient and sustainable energy transition.

According to Carlos Fernández de la Pena, vice president of data and satellite services at Open Cosmos, “This project aligns almost an entire industrial sector, the so-called New Space or Space 4.0. It is an environment very rich in knowledge, but faced with the difficulty of having very fragmented it into SMEs and research centers; undoubtedly, an ambitious goal and a clear momentum would put the consortium at the forefront of technology and the market. It is a project which brings together high-level talents and technologies, and which will attract international investment, create highly skilled jobs and increase the sector’s export capacity ”.

Open Cosmos is a space company that manages end-to-end satellite missions. It offers a comprehensive service that spans the entire space industry value chain, encompassing the design, manufacture, mission management and launch of custom satellites for businesses, institutions and governments around the world. These satellites are primarily used to do three things: collect critical ground data for economic, environmental or security decisions; to provide telecommunications services on a global basis; or develop space science and technology.