Companies coming to the aid of scientific research
One of the major advantages of CubeSats is that they are a lot cheaper than traditional satellites. Having said that, the development and launch of a CubeSat is still not something you can pay with the spare change in your pocket. In stead of several hundred million dollars, we are now talking about several hundred thousand dollars. This still is a considerable budget to obtain as a university.
At our university (KU Leuven), we have received scientific funding to pay for our research. We got this funding because we are developing satellite systems that push the state-of-the-art forward and broaden the range of missions that can be performed on a CubeSat. But because we really believe in the potential of these satellites, we want to go further and faster. That is why we decided to look at other ways to get funding.
Projects get funded by people and institutions who believe in the core values of the project. Our mission is to accelerate innovation. With space research, we can bring benefits to people on Earth and improve their lives. So finding sponsors for our project comes down to finding people and companies that share these same values: Innovative companies with a vision to improve our lives. And we are happy to already have found some great sponsors:
Mobile Vikings: True to the nature of vikings, this mobile provider was the first to be on SpaceBillboard. Their goal to connect people aligns perfectly with the potential of CubeSat networks to deliver global connectivity.
Electrabel & GDF Suez: As an energy supplier with a vision for the future, they are very enthusiastic to support CubeSats research that will lead to better knowledge about global warming and how to cope with it.
Microsoft: They turned room-size computers into something so small it will fit in your pocket. It’s only logical that they are part of the research that turns bus-sized satellites into something the size of a shoebox.
Kinepolis: To bring the stars closer to people on Earth, the support and experience of a cinema operator is incredibly valuable. They can really connect with the inspiring side of SpaceBillboard.
Prothetica: A dental lab with the most original uses of the Mona Lisa we have ever seen. It’s only natural for a company that is so closely linked to our shining example Leonardo Da Vinci, to support space research.
Sophos: Innovative companies always need to think one step ahead. Everyone in your industry is talking about the cloud? Well, you are going into space.
Walnuts Australia: We don’t think anyone is surprised that a company dealing in brain food is helping the next generation of researchers to get hands-on experience. It’s the most spectacular way to increase your consumer base!
Oreo: The most compelling argument against extraterrestrial life is that they haven’t come to buy Oreo cookies yet. They even look a little bit like a space ship.
Seeq: With their animations, they can get the most complex messages out there in a way that is easy to understand. That's exactly what we are trying to do: explaining our rocket science in a way that's not rocket science.
These companies share our vision to move space research forward. With their contribution, we can help fund our work and our students and get those many advantages of space research closer to people on Earth. We hope that we can convince many other companies to push innovation forward!