Sirin Orbital Systems AG launched the early technology development phase for its innovative series of water/metal-powder micro-propulsion systems for small satellites. Gratefully supported by the Propulsion Section at the European Space Agency (ESA), the activity was kicked off on the 1st of May 2023 aiming at enriching the technology readiness level up to TRL4 within a 15-month project, when it will be then followed up and de-risked through a GSTP-6 Element I “Develop” activity, already endorsed by the National Delegation to ESA.
The project is realized in cooperation with the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), and receives technical supports from the Space Propulsion Lab at the University of Tokyo.
Sirin Orbital Systems AG supports – as a member of the Space Energy Initiative (SEI) – UK’s plan for the development of Space Based Solar Power (SBSP).
The Space Energy Initiative is bringing together government, research and industry in the space and energy sectors to develop and deliver a co-ordinated programme of technology development and demonstration for the realization of SBSP. Meeting the timeline set out by the UK Government’s Net Zero pledge, and in partnership with other nations, the aim is to establish the first orbital demonstrator SBSP system by 2030, with the first of a kind operational system delivering power into the grid by 2040. A constellation of Solar Power Satellites would be in operation by the mid 2040s, delivering a substantial proportion of the UK’s energy needs.
Sirin Orbital Systems AG will contribute to SEI with its expertise in the field of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT), a key enabling technology for the realization of SBSP.
Sirin Orbital Systems AG was featured in an article published in myScience.ch, entitled “Tinkering for waste collection in space“, describing the R&D efforts at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU), which is performed in cooperation with Sirin Orbital Systems AG. The project was initiated in early summer 2020, within a fruitful internal cooperation supported by Tokyo University of Science (TUS) and NIKON CORPORATION in Japan.
In this 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 objects based on video image streams from a 2D matrix camera is investigated. A follow-on feasibility study is currently being carried out with the support of the European Space Agency, ESA Initial Support for Innovation (EISI). The final product is aimed to be a fully automated space-qualified camera for space objects detection and classification, with diverse applications such as active debris removal (ADR) missions.
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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.
Sirin Orbital Systems AG was featured during ESA’s SOLARIS Industry Day among European industries active in the field of Space-Based Solar Power (SBPS). Sirin OS’s main focus is on Wireless Power Transfer (WPT), a technology being developed in cooperation with R&D sector, e.g. 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.