CNES signs agreement with satsearch to support future space systems engineering

CNES and satsearch sign agreement at Toulouse Space Show 2018 to support future space systems engineering
CNES and satsearch sign agreement at Toulouse Space Show 2018 to support future space systems engineering.

We are thrilled to announce that at the Toulouse Space Show 2018 the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), also known as the French Space Agency, signed an agreement with satsearch to digitalize space engineering. The CNES President, Jean-Yves Le Gall, and our COO, Narayan Prasad, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Toulouse in front of a captive audience. This MOU marks another key stepping-stone towards the goal of building a rich ecosystem of partners to support us in our efforts to spearhead digitalization of the global space supply chain.

CNES has a long, rich history of supporting innovation in the space industry and welcoming collaboration with new initiatives across the world. Recent news of a new space startup fund in the range of $80M to $100M is ample evidence of this agile, entrepreneurial approach at CNES. As Mr. Le Gall recently stated, “We completely changed our approach and we consider CNES has a very important role to play in NewSpace.”

Currently incubated in the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, satsearch is focussed on becoming the go-to supply chain platform for space professionals. We have built global partnerships with the likes of the ANTRIX Corporation Limited, Valispace, RHEA Group, Saber Astronautics, and Stelae Technologies to create a digital ecosystem that supports the entire lifecycle of a space mission. We currently serve the world’s largest open database of space products and services, with 750+ suppliers and 5000+ space products listed on our platform. Engineers from all over the globe navigate the space supply chain through on a daily basis.

The collaboration with satsearch will be initiated by an effort to embed our supply chain database into the Integrated Design Model software suite developed at CNES and utilized in the concurrent engineering facility in Toulouse. IDM consists of two main elements: IDM-CIC and IDM View. CNES and satsearch will work together to integrate satsearch with these tools, to support advanced, Data-Driven Design™ (D3) methodologies for pre-Phase A and Phase A studies. The IDM user community is growing rapidly, and major partnerships, like announced last year between CNES and University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra, open the door for adoption of D3 using the IDM-satsearch software integration.

“This agreement with CNES builds on our effort to secure key partnerships with organizations that support our mission of democratizing access to the global space supply chain,” according to Narayan Prasad. “We’re looking forward to building next-generation tools with CNES to push for Data-Driven Design and full-scale digitalization within the space industry.” CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “By partnering with satsearch, CNES is further increasing the power of its unique IDM space mission design tool and paving the way for its wider use by space players around the world, notably in India where satsearch is well established. This partnership with a NewSpace start-up fully aligns with CNES’s mission to seek out the most remarkable innovations wherever they are.”

For the official announcement, please refer to the following press release.


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