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Onboard radio for small satellites wins Defence Innovation Competition 2022

01 december 2022

Original publication from: https://www.defensie.nl/actuee...

The project for a prototype onboard radio for small satellites was chosen as the winner of the Defence Innovation Competition 2022. The winning company ISISpace will receive €200,000 to develop the idea further. This will be done together with Defence.

Into Space! 

This year's Defence Innovation Competition's theme was Into Space! Companies could present a concept of how big data from space can be processed into intelligence. Or how Defence gets relevant data quickly and reliably to soldiers in a deployment zone. And what kind of space sensors are needed, for example, to detect military threats? NL Space Campus was part of the organisation of this year's competition. The value of collaborating resulted in more admissions, quality of admissions and outreach into the space industry for the Ministry of Defence. There are many opportunities for the space industry within the innovative space domain of the ministry of defence, especially with the newly published agenda and growth in the budget. Together we bring more innovations and opportunities for the space industry in The Netherlands.


ISISpace will receive €200,000 to develop the idea further

ISISpace's project is useful for the future satellite needs of the armed forces. The company will create one or more hardware and software prototypes, which can be used for testing. According to the jury, the proposal is already important and implementable in the short term. For example, the onboard radio could already be included in the next generation of satellites. That was ultimately the deciding factor.


Defence wants to continue discussions with some of the other four finalists Science [&] Technology , Cohere Consultants and AAC Hyperion. These proposals were also seen as highly innovative but did not match Defence's requirements as well. It is possible that these plans will tie in with a possible national technology project.

Defence Space Agenda
Successful operations increasingly depend on data and information. Space technology is therefore an indispensable link for the information-driven action of the armed forces. Last week, the State Secretary sent the so-called Defence Space Agenda to the House of Representatives. This sets out how the Ministry of Defence intends to develop in this field in the coming years.

You can download the Defence Space Agenda 2022 via this link


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