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Industry Profile Summer 2021 – Aerospacelab


  1. Tell us a bit more about your Company

Aerospacelab was founded in late 2017 near Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium by Benoit Deper and recruited its first employees in 2018.

From the very beginning, Aerospacelab has set itself the goal of becoming the European leader in actionable intelligence based on satellite data and other sources. Seizing the market opportunity offering lower costs in satellite manufacture, launch and data storage with larger server capacity for data, Aerospacelab based its business model on a fully vertically integrated intelligence solutions. Its overall mission is to enhance efficiency across markets by making geospatial intelligence both actionable and affordable.

To match its ambition, the company now employs around 70 people from 17 different nationalities with a distinct focus on the future through our many young employees.

  • What makes your services and products unique?

Aerospacelab follows a vertically integrated strategy, developing expertise both in upstream and downstream. We design and manufacture standardized microsatellites with flexible payload, operate constellations of satellites to generate data, and develop processing toolchains to extract and deliver actionable insights to end-users across various sectors.

We are also unique in the way that all of our services are designed to leverage data fusion and synergies between constellations. One example of this would be our ability to detect an event and task our satellites to zoom in on it with various instruments collecting different types of data. Our rationale is that we don’t base our solutions on just one type of data but we plan on combining the different sources. It would be like piecing a puzzle together : only once complete, can we fully understand the whole picture. 

  • What are your future plans for the company?

We have an exciting milestone just ahead of us : We’re preparing for the launch of our very first satellite by the end of June ! Our Risk Reduction Flight (RRF) mission will aim at de-risking and testing the technologies and operational processes developed in-house. We’re also making a bit of history with this satellite because it is the first 100% Belgian privately developed, funded and operated satellite that goes into orbit. And it’s going to be quite a show as it will be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket for SpaceX’s Transporter-2 mission !

We have yet another thrilling launch coming up at a later date with our Proba-V Companion Cubesat (PVCC) in its production phase at ESA. Meanwhile, we’re also working on our satellite constellations and our Versatile Satellite Platform (VSP) production site in Louvain-La-Neuve scheduled to drastically ramp up production starting next year.

On the downstream side, we’re partnering up with a number of different private companies to develop solutions in the form of a tailored dashboard that equips them with actionable insights. We’re offering these solutions in a vast array of sectors such as economic intelligence, insurance, environmental monitoring, support to operations, ESG and defense.

We also have a few more very interesting projects up our sleeves for a not so distant future…

  • Sounds exciting ! Can we join you ?

Of course ! We’re scheduled to recruit at least twice as many people as we currently are in the next couple of years ! We’re looking for all kinds of profiles : from engineering (hardware/software) to business. Check out the different opportunities on our website : and don’t forget to follow us on our social media to witness our path to ever bigger things :

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