NSV Podcast #4 – ICEYE CFO & Co-Founder Pekka Laurila

WOW…What a start into 2018. ICEYE, the VC backed NewSpace StartUp from Finnland, just launched their next generation radar satellite on a PSLV into earth’s orbit and we have one of the limited interviews with them.

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With their novel SAR technology, they want to change the earth observation market and are off for a good start. In November 2017 we had the chance to speak to Pekka Laurila, the Co-Founder and CFO of the company, about their business, technology and how they started. He also answers the question why they had to rent an icebreaker and a plane in the early days of their company! ICEYE is definitely one of the coolest European Space Startups. Learn how a few cool guys founded a company straight out of university, raised more than 20 million $ venture capital and launched cutting edge technology into space.
We hope you like it!

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Show Notes:
– Aalto-1: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aalto-1
– Tekes Funding: www.businessfinland.fi/
– Horizon 2020: ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/
– ICEYE: www.iceye.com/
– Reaktor SpaceLab: reaktorspace.com/
– True Ventures: https://trueventures.com/

The NewSpaceVision Team.

Recording: Daniel Seidel (twitter.com/Daninho89) & Sven Przywarra (twitter.com/SvenPrzy)
Cut and intro: Amin Shahsavar

 

NSV Podcast #2 with Dallas Kasaboski, Analyst at Northern Sky Research

Hey NewSpaceVisionaries,

Our second podcast is out now! During the European Space Week in Tallinn we had the pleasure to talk to Dallas Kasaboski analyst at Northern Sky Research and talked with him about e.g. the European New Space market, funding mentality, differences between the USA and Europe and the earth observation market. We learned a lot and are sure you will get some insights from this episode! The podcast was recorded on the 9th November in Estonia.

The NewSpaceVision Podcast series focus on entrepreneurship in the field of NewSpace in Europe and abroad!

We would love to hear your feedback via our social media channels or info@newspace.vision.

Sven Przywarra (@svenprzy)& Daniel Seidel (@Daninho89)

PS: We are always looking for interesting podcast guests!

Our Newsletter#6 with a summary of the European Space Week in Tallinn was published today. If you are interested in Albrechts biweekly Update about a specific NewSpace topic please sign-up below.

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Job announcement IT Developer for Newspace Startup LiveEO (Berlin)

The young Berlin based Earth Observation Startup LiveEO which was developed within the framework of NewSpaceVision is looking for a new team member. With our product „LiveEO“ we are delivering answers from above with an intelligent combination of different Earth Observation data sources. We are Finalist of Europeans biggest Space Competitions Galileo and Copernicus Masters 2017. For our Startup we are looking for a person with academical IT Background in the area of Berlin/Brandenburg.

To join us you should have interest in the following topics:

  • Python Coding
  • Image recognition
  • Machine Learning
  • Cloud Processing (AWS)
  • Data Science

Gained experience in those fields are good but not necessary.

LiveEO is the first private real-time earth observation application and makes use of the synergies of EO data and geolocation services. Based on Copernicus data, LiveEO determines the most efficient combination of public and commercial satellite data, connected UAVs and High-Altitude-Pseudo-Satellites. LiveEO provides answers from above for customers requiring short reaction times and long duration observations enabled by UAVs like DJI and h-aero. Do you want to be part of the team who realizes this disruptive space approach?

Please get in touch with us:

Daniel Seidel and Sven Przywarra

Tel: +49173-903-1048

E-Mail: info@live-eo.com

Check out our new NSV space songs playlist for you

Dear NewSpaceVisionaries,

it´s Daniel here and I hope you all may love what I created within the last weeks. I created an awesome space songs playlist on Spotify which may inspire your work and may increase your productivity. Before you listen to the songs I want to show you why it does mean a lot to me and why space songs are awesome. With our young professional conference, we want to inspire more people to join space companies and startups in Europe. So, feel free to share this playlist to everyone who may be interested. This will attract more people to grow the industry. It is the inception method 😉 If you like what we are doing and if you love this playlist spend us one coffee or more via PayPal.

First of all, we are space enthusiasts. What does that mean? Space is not only our job, it is our passion since our childhood. We played a lot of space games, watched space movies, created awesome spaceships with LEGO and later studied space engineering or related topics. It´s true that I was Mr. Spock on carnival in Düsseldorf with Spocks ears, my own communicator and phaser. When your job is your passion and music is your passion than both things come together. I´m open for all music genres so you will find classic and Hip-Hop as well as Rock and various Electronic styles. I bet there a more songs you love than songs you don´t like. So just skip songs that may disrupt your inner balance. When I must deliver a lot of output I often hear one song on repeat to reach a mental state of holistic focus on the work. A lot high class performer discussed this topic (read here). You will find a lot of songs you can hear thousands of times in the playlist. I checked it 😉

Let me tell you a bit about some songs in the playlist:

When we go back to the first space age a lot of artists started creating awesome songs such as „space oddity (1969) in the year of the moon landing. And of course, you will find the theme song of star treks original series which started in 1966 and inspired generations of young engineers to work in the space industry. Seven years after the last man Eugene Cernan walked on the moon the song „Walking on the moon (1979)“ was published and now exists in a variety of versions. Another song I added is from Star Wars. I tell you it is a funny and awesome feeling when you are in the supermarket and the Star Wars imperial march starts playing in your headphones. But there are some funny songs in the list, too. If you want someone to learn the solar system in a funny way, just play „solar system (1977)“ by the beach boys.

We are talking a lot about asteroid mining today and already landed Philae after a long journey with Rosetta on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. One movie which climax was landing on an asteroid to save humanity was Armageddon by Michael Bay in 1998. I added two songs of this movie which are „Leaving on a jet plane (1969)“ and of course „I don´t want to miss a thing“ which was the theme song of this movie. One year before Armageddon was in cinemas the prodigy published the song „Firestarter“ which is the perfect song for every rocket scientist (yes, the video is kind of crazy). One song I also really love while coding or engineering is „Out of space“ from the prodigy which was published in 1992 but sounds like it was just published. Yes, this video is also kind of crazy but there are rockets and a moon launch of Apollo in it.

Other songs you can find are „I´d love to change the world (2014)“ from the Star Trek Discovery Trailer or the well-known electro song „Sternenkinder (2011)“.

I also added a lot of songs published within the last months and years and added a few original NASA audios to the playlist. I´ll add new songs regularly. Of course, you can send us songs we should add by sending us an E-Mail to Daniel@newspace.Vision or by writing a comment here on the website. So, if you cannot wait just visit our playlist and do not forget to follow it on Spotify:

 

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Best Regards
Daniel





 

NewSpace in Europe #4: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Space

Dear NewSpaceVisionaries,

we publish every newsletter here on our website two weeks after sending them to our close community. If you want to join our community to receive the biweekly newsletter on time to get e.g. extra discount for space events, or if you want to be the first to get all details about our activities e.g. our confirmed conference speaker for 2018 please use our E-Mail Sign-up (for desktop look right, for mobile scroll down).

So now we will give the word to Albrecht again, enjoy!


NewSpace Update️ ️

Focus: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Space

When I am thinking about the future of space, AI-driven and connected robots play a big role. Who will build big complexes on the Moon, Mars or in space? Who will mine ressources and harvest crops?

Selfworking Robots!

In the „Survey of Space Robotics“ from 2003 it is said that:


„In a decade, we expect robots to perform delicate
assembly tasks autonomously and even approach the
dexterity of a space-suited human. With intense effort,
robotic assembly of complicated structures in space is
possible, but only with supervision and guidance
(including occasional teleoperation) from space or
ground-based humans. Complex robotic assembly with
little or no human supervision will require
breakthrough technologies.“


For an introduction dive into fresh articles from SpaceNEWS and Seeker. A bit older but more inspirational article is from Hiro Ono’s Oddysey in which Hiro Ono – an engineer at NASA – gives an interesting insight into his thoughts about AI in Space.
Wired asked the question what a robot actually is and try to give answers.
If you want to dig really deep into Space AI check out the Acta Futura Issue N. 9 published by ESA or check out the paper by Daniela Girimonte and Dario Izzo.
„The key battlefield for robotics is shifting from hardware competition to software“ said Zhang Boxu – director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology at the World Robot Conference 2017 in Bejing – a few days ago. So let’s have a look at the current news about AI.
Robot Justin Source: DLR

NewSpace in Europe

The Robotics Innovation Center which belongs to the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence located in Bremen has got 29 running projects. The subject of 12 of them is space robotic.
TransFIT – the newest project focuses on the assembly and installation of infrastructure for space applications by humans and robots either autonomously or in cooperation. An article which sums up the topic from Springer Professional is only available in german.

Interpret and execute complex commands was the task of SUPVIS Justin. ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli commanded the humanoid robot from the ISS to perform different tasks in the simulated Martian solar farm at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen.

Around the Globe

Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster“ is the headline from phys.org. Researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University developed new AI algorithms and combined them with modern graphic processing units (GPU’s). So they were able to get more reliable and much faster results then before.

GPU Technology Conference opening video by Nvidia. It shows you what is possible with AI.

I close this newsletter with an article that describes different machine learning processor architectures. It seems as there is evolving a lot in the next time.

With an interesting topic in bag I see you again in two weeks,
Albrecht Köhler

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Downstream Event Intergeo 2017 (26-28.09.2017):

If you want to have a business meeting with NSV or other companies at Intergeo, do not forget to sign-up for the Intergeo.

On the occasion of INTERGEO 2017, the world’s largest conference and leading trade fair in the field of geodesy, spatial data and land management, the Enterprise Europe Network Berlin-Brandenburg invites you to participate in the international partnering event “INTERGEO Business Meetings” taking place at the Exhibition Grounds Berlin. This event has been designed as a partnering platform offering an opportunity to meet potential partners for new business and R&D projects. Representatives of companies, universities and research institutes offering or requesting innovative solutions, investigating new collaborations and searching for adequate project partners will get a great opportunity to discuss their ideas face-to-face in the pre-arranged meetings with international experts of interest. Besides our Business Meetings we also offer Business Tours to different locations in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Main Topics
  • Cloud
  • Surveying
  • Geospatial 4.0
  • Photogrammetry
  • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • Big Data
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions
  • Laser scanning
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Smart City
  • Copernicus
Why to participate
  • Use the event to initiate new business projects
  • Meet providers of innovative technologies from throughout Europe
  • Get in touch with potential partners for future co-operation
  • Establish cross-border contacts for long-term business relationships
  • Get the latest information about trends and innovations