Below is our recent interview with Liene Lapsevska, PR & Communications Lead at OroraTech:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: OroraTech is a NewSpace intelligence startup providing services to improve climate resilience. Their leading Wildfire Detection and Monitoring Service is used by clients all over the globe, protecting more than 170 million hectares of forest. The service is complemented by OroraTech’s own multipurpose nanosatellite fleet. The first satellite FOREST-1 was launched in early 2022 and the plan is to build up a constellation of 100 nanosatellites by 2026. The satellites are equipped with novel thermal-infrared cameras that speed up wildfire detection and monitoring notifications from hours to minutes. The company was founded in 2018 by Thomas Grübler, Björn Stoffers, Florian Mauracher, and Rupert Amann with a shared vision to use NewSpace intelligence for a sustainable earth, employing 75 people worldwide.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: OroraTech has completed a significant review in its European Space Agency (ESA) InCubed Programme. This major milestone will help to deliver the CubeSat FOREST-3, making it a stepping stone towards building and launching a multipurpose nanosatellite constellation for a 12-hour revisit by 2024 and а 30-minute revisit by 2026.
“Europe has experienced one of its worst wildfire seasons in 2022, which, scientists confirm, is a result of climate change caused by human activity. This is not a local phenomenon – we are entering a negative global feedback loop between enhanced CO2 emissions and wildfire intensity, and we need to act urgently,” says Martin Langer, OroraTech CTO.
“Our current goal is to digitize all firefighting to provide the most accurate data as a basis for decision-making for the response organizations. ESA InCubed Programme lays the foundations for the further success of our satellites, which are essential to close current data gaps, and paves the way for scaling up in-house satellite production. The input from the ESA experts is crucial to achieving that,” says Langer.
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Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: OroraTech has developed the first global wildfire intelligence service from space, including risk assessment, early detection, real-time monitoring and damage analysis. We offer fully integrated solutions – from hardware to software. The first satellite FOREST-1 was launched in early 2022 and the plan is to build up a constellation of 100 nanosatellites by 2026. The satellites are equipped with novel thermal-infrared cameras that speed up wildfire detection and monitoring notifications from hours to minutes.
Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: We want to launch our eight multipurpose nanosatellites in an afternoon orbital plane. We also want to expand applications in LWIR [longwave infrared] and MWIR [midwave infrared], in areas other than forest fires, making us the “go-to” thermal infrared intelligence data partner in the insurance, urban development and agriculture sectors.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: We are the only NewSpace data intelligence company in the market offering fully vertically integrated thermal infrared earth observation data. The company produces in-depth customer insights by applying AI algorithms to its unique raw data sets.Activate Social Media: