INTERNATIONAL— Japan & Switzerland SBSP/WPT Workshop

In cooperation with Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH) at Kyoto University, Sirin Orbital Systems AG organized a workshop entitled, “Japan-Switzerland SBSP/WPT Workshop”. The event was hosted at the Kyoto University Tokyo office on the 1st of November 2022. In addition to the Director of Space Industry Office at the Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Head of Science and Technology Office Tokyo, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, there were 60 hybrid participants among which 17 attended in person.

The workshop was focused on the Japanese and Swiss/European advancements in the field of Space-based Solar Power (SBSP), and more specifically Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) technologies. The following entities presented their technical work on the SBSP/WPT topic in this workshop: Japan Space Systems, SoftBank corp., Kyoto University, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, ISAS/JAXA, and Sirin Orbital Systems AG.

https://twitter.com/RISH_KyotoUniv/status/1587595823499837440

SPONSORSHIP — LUNCHTALK at HSLU

Sirin Orbital Systems AG sponsored and co-organized a technical talk delivered by Prof. Naoki Shinohara of Kyoto University on the topic, “Space Based Solar Power: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future“. The seminar took place at HSLU – Institut für Elektrotechnik on the 29th of September 2022.

HSLU reference page: https://www.hslu.ch/de-ch/technik-architektur/ueber-uns/campus/veranstaltungen/2022/09/29/iet-techlunch/

FEATURED — LEADING HOUSE ASIA, ETH Zürich

Sirin Orbital Systems AG was featured in the ETH Zürich Leading House Asia’s article, describing the successful cooperation of Sirin Orbital Systems AG, HSLU, Nikon Corporation and Tokyo University of Science.

In a joint R&D effort carried out at The Competence Centre Intelligent Sensors and Networks (CC ISN) at HSLU, the development of a smart processor board that provides the possibility for real time detection and classification of space debris based on video image streams from a 2D matrix camera was investigated. A follow-on feasibility study is currently being carried out with the support of the European Space Agency, ESA Initial Support for Innovation.

Full article to read:
https://leadinghouseasia.ethz.ch/portfolio/innovation-grantees/innoet/klaus-zahn0.html

PATENT — LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR LUNAR EXPLORATION

Sirin Orbital Systems AG filed a patent for protecting an innovative system for storing water in its liquid state at temperatures below freezing without the need for heating. This invention is the intermediate outcome of an ESA-funded Early Technology Development activity in cooperation with the Institut für Energiesysteme und Fluid-Engineering (IEFE) at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and the Laboratory of Food and Soft Materials at ETH Zürich.

Patent Priority Date: 04.07.2022

SPONSORSHIP — SwissText Lugano 2022

SIRIN AI R&D Centre sponsored the 7th edition of SwissText conference which took place in Lugano from 8 to 10 June 2022. SwissText is an annual conference that brings together text analytics experts from industry and academia. It is organised by the Swiss Association for Natural Language Processing (SwissNLP) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), the Data Innovation Alliance as well as the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

Cross-Reference:
https://www.swisstext.org/swisstext.org/2022/

PANELLIST — GLOBAL AEROSPACE SUMMIT 2022

Sirin Orbital Systems AG was honoured to be invited speaker at the Global Aerospace Summit 2022, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The 6th edition of the Global Aerospace Summit took place from 24 – 26 May 2022 at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, opened its doors welcoming more than 1,000 C-level leaders, experts and specialists from across the aviation, aerospace, space and defence sectors. Global Aerospace Summit 2022  has been a key platform for the signing of partnerships and collaboration agreements among leading organizations across the aerospace, aviation, space, and defence sectors.  

In the second day of the Summit, Sirin Orbital Systems AG contributed to a session on Building Sustainable Airport Hubs along with other panellists affiliated to International Air Transport Association (IATA), Frost and Sullivan, and Collins Aerospace.

Reference page:
https://www.aerospacesummit.com/

INTERNATIONAL — MUTUAL STEPS WITH MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC

Sirin Orbital Systems AG receives a non-binding Letter of Interest / Support from MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION for collaboration in the field of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) to flying objects (ENG-3).

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is a pioneer of space technology development in Japan since the 1960s and is strongly committed to international space development and satellite construction. Founded in 1921, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is one of the world’s leading names in the manufacture and sales of electrical and electronic products and systems used in a broad range of fields and applications.

Sirin Orbital Systems AG strongly believes partnering with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation advances efforts toward the development and commercialization of the intended wireless power transfer technology. It will lead to a large market potentials in various business fields such as infrastructure monitoring, logistics, and agriculture.

ACTIVITY ENDORSEMENT — SWISS DELEGATION to ESA

Sirin Orbital Systems AG receives the support of the Swiss Delegation to ESA for a GSTP-6 Element “Develop” (De-Risk) activity, entitled “Water and Metal-Powder Micro-Propulsion System for Small Satellites”:

The need for high-thrust propulsion systems compatible with small satellites for applications such as constellation deployment, orbit maintenance and stationkeeping is particularly emerging. A high-thrust propulsion provides large velocity increments in a short time, which enables orbit transfer, orbital plane change, re-entry, and planetary orbit insertion for deep space exploration.

In the frame of this GSTP activity, we will develop an innovative micro-propulsion system concept — patent pending — for generating high thrust. The main differentiating advantages of the targeted product are (1) safe, non-toxic and non-hazardous propellant, (2) high-thrust despite compact footprint, (3) in-space availability of propellants.

This high-thrust micro-propulsion technology will expand the mission field of small satellites and is applicable for both commercial and scientific missions. It increases orbital agility and repositioning capacity of small satellites and provides in-orbit manoeuvring capabilities, e.g. course/fine orbit-correction, stationkeeping, fast orbit-raising, and controlled re-entry. In addition, a high-thrust propulsion enables smalls satellites to perform efficient in-orbit servicing operations. As for scientific missions, it makes them capable of a self-planetary orbit insertion for deep-space exploration and sample returns. It can be used for key applications such as telecommunications, space exploration and science missions, Earth observation and navigation. This innovative propulsion is specifically applicable for nano-/microsatellites where the lack of a safe and robust high-thrust propulsion system is particularly felt. Nonetheless, the technology is highly scalable and could be adapted for minisatellites up to 300kg.

This technology development has been endorsed by the following prestigious stakeholders, Astrocast, NanoAvionics and SpacePharma.

See related post:
PATENT — MICRO-PROPULSION FOR SMALL-SATELLITES

CONTRACTS AWARDEE — EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

In Autumn 2021, Sirin Orbital Systems AG is awarded two contracts from the European Space Agency (ESA) for innovative R&D projects concerning the Wireless Power Transfer (ENG-3) and Planetary Life Support Systems (ENG-4). The projects are successfully launched and being carried out.