As the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2017 closes its first day at Adelaide, Australia, NewSpace companies Saber Astronautics and satsearch.co announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
Formalized earlier today at the IAC, the MoU is the first collaboration between satsearch.co, an online space industry marketplace, and Australian space mission control software company Saber Astronautics. Under the MoU, satsearch’s database of space parts will be embedded into Saber’s Predictive Ground Station Interface (PIGI) software.
By embedding satsearch’s products into the PIGI software, engineers can test design concepts and make decisions on the products needed for launch.
“We are looking forward to exploiting the synergy between satsearch and PIGI, to enable mission designers to robustly explore the design space and develop a deeper understanding of the impact of their design choices on mission operations”, said Kartik Kumar, Co-founder and CEO at satsearch.co. “With over 2500 products and over 500 suppliers already listed on satsearch, we believe that our partnership with Saber will prove to be game-changing for the NewSpace industry.”
Saber Astronautics and satsearch have each won numerous awards and contracts. Earlier this year, Saber clinched two contracts, with the Australian Air Force and IoT NewSpace firm Fleet. satsearch.co won three prizes from various aerospace organizations in 2016, including 1st Prize at Inaugular International Space University Startup Pitch Competition.
IAC 2017 looks to be an exciting event – already, Australia has announced it will establish its own space agency, and Fleet has announced a new agreement with French space agency CNES.