When you think of space travel, images from science fiction movies quickly come to mind. Satellite technology, space shuttles and state-of-the-art mobility solutions on foreign planets. A similarly creative approach is taken by the founders, who have dedicated themselves and their company to space and aviation. From 3D printers to satellite technology and new propulsion systems, the global start-up scene is full of space startups. We take a look at the masterminds who have set their sights on the stars.
Morpheus Space is a german company, which is supported by Techstars. With their launch, they have set themselves the task of minimizing space debris by using nano-satellites, i.e. satellites that weigh less than 10 kilograms in mass.
Since these often buzz through space without any propulsion, Morpheus Space produces simple and effective drives for the nanosatellites so that they can evade space debris or other objects in the Earth’s atmosphere, for example. Particularly in view of current developments in space technology, the number of satellites in space is expected to increase almost tenfold in the next few years.
The low-cost propulsion systems of Morpheus Space should ensure efficient control and appropriate disposal of the satellites. The launch follows the fundamental values of the UNO to enable a sustainable future in space. With the innovative propulsion systems of the startup, space debris can be reduced.
If the aerospace industry is one thing, it’s expensive. The construction of a rocket and the associated processes literally burn up vast amounts of money and resources. Relativity Space wants to make these processes more cost effective and has therefore built the world’s largest metal 3D printer for printing rockets and satellites.
The concept of printed rockets is finding favour with the industry. After a $140 million investment round, the company has now been able to set up a semi-autonomous production facility where they plan to print their first rocket.
Relativity Space’s mission is to shorten the development of a rocket from design to launch by up to two years while saving costs.
What would space travel be without satellites. Kymeta uses meta-materials for their satellite antennas to achieve better performance. These meta-materials help to direct and direct the beam onto the satellite instead of reflecting the microwaves as is normally the case.
Through this method, it will be possible to create a new generation of satellite antennas, which will also contribute to cost savings in space.
These are just a few examples of entrepreneurs who are developing aerospace for themselves. In the coming years, it is predicted that we will see a massive increase in space technologies and concepts on the market; because space travel is the future.
Post picture: Relativity Space