Virgin Orbit partners with Sultanate of Oman for deep space mission

Virgin Orbit partners with Sultanate of Oman for deep space mission

Press release from: pristine orbit
Posted: Wednesday January 26th 2022

The Sultanate of Oman, leading US-based launch company Virgin Orbit, Polish small satellite manufacturer and operator SatRevolution, Polish AI data analytics specialists TUATARA and emerging technology innovator based in Oman ETCO, have together signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding for their collaboration on Oman’s first deep space mission. The same agreement also lays the groundwork for the consortium to collaborate on the delivery of additional small satellites in low Earth orbit, including the first in Oman’s history.

As part of the historic deep space mission, the group plans to launch a satellite designed by SatRevolution aboard a Virgin Orbit rocket, sending it into deep space with the mission of conducting cutting-edge scientific research and capture high resolution images. All data and images collected, both from low Earth orbit and deep space missions, will then be digitally analyzed using computer vision, machine learning and AI solutions developed by TUATARA in strategic partnership with ETCO. This mission will collect valuable data regarding the hidden patterns underlying climate change and the aftermath of natural disasters. What’s more, it could provide scientists with critical information needed to understand what’s happening on the surface of Earth’s neighbors.

The final mission parameters and scientific objectives will be determined in a study conducted by the mission parties. The mission follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed during the International Astronautical Congress held in October 2021 in Dubai, which established the cooperation of the parties to design, manufacture and launch the first Omani satellite, manufactured by SatRevolution and aboard LauncherOne. from Virgin Orbit. , in the first-ever UK launch from Spaceport Cornwall in 2022. The launch from Cornwall and subsequent deep-space missions will be enabled using Virgin Orbit’s versatile Air Launch System. Cornwall’s mission delivering Oman’s first satellite in space lays the groundwork for previously non-space nations to launch satellites from their own soil, which is a key part of Oman’s strategy for space .

As an emerging space nation intending to launch small satellites into low Earth orbit and foster a local and sustainable space ecosystem and industrial base, the Sultanate of Oman further plans to expand its ambitious space projects and engage Omani public and students through STEM. Activities.

Both missions are in line with the royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and will correspond directly to “Oman’s Vision 2040”, forming part of a wider educational outreach initiative with the aim of stimulating long-term growth. of the sector. The activities specified in the agreements aim to generate and seize opportunities to foster economic competitiveness and social well-being, stimulate growth and build confidence in national economic, social and development relations.

“Only a few nations have been bold enough to venture into deep space, but with Oman’s strong vision backed by cutting-edge launch and spacecraft technology, another space nation is poised to join. these ranks,” said Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart. “We are proud to have been entrusted by the Sultanate of Oman as an exclusive launch partner to help achieve the goals of bringing sustainable space solutions to Oman. Starting with the launch of the first Omani satellites from the UK’s first launch this year, the progression has been set for a myriad of space missions aimed at developing technology, science and exploration.

“Both projects will contribute to the short-term goals of the Sultanate of Oman, which include modernizing the educational ecosystem, growing support for scientific research and innovation, improving internal development of cutting-edge technologies , which is shaping the world of the 21st century SatRevolution CEO Grzegorz Zwolinski said

“The future of the Sultanate of Oman is one of innovation, and it is through partnerships with pioneering organizations like Virgin Orbit that we will make active contributions to those sectors and technologies that are driving progress at scale. World”, Tariq Al Belushi, ETCO Vice President said. “This partnership is a major step to help us enrich the Sultanate’s space industry with the latest technologies and know-how, while adding overall economic value according to Oman’s Vision 2040.”

“Our mission is to deliver enchanting experiences in digital space and we are thrilled to have been asked to help translate data from outer space into digital. We believe the Oman project will provide no only vital scientific data and will drive the growth of the STEM industry in the Sultanate, but will also inspire the world to pursue the democratization of space research.” TUATARA Chief Innovation Officer Krzysztof Goworek concluded.

In recognition of the great importance of the Agreement for the Sultanate of Oman, His Excellency Dr. Ali Al Shidani – Undersecretary for Communications and Information Technology at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology Information, Sultanate of Oman witnessed the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding by the Parties during a signing ceremony in Muscat.

ABOUT VIRGIN ORBIT

Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB) operates one of the most flexible and responsive space launch systems ever built. Founded by Sir Richard Branson in 2017, the company began commercial service in 2021 and has already put commercial, civilian, national security and international satellites into orbit. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, Calif., and are launched from a modified 747-400 carrier aircraft that allows Virgin Orbit to operate from locations around the world to better respond to needs of each client. Learn more aboutwww.virginorbit.com and visit us at LinkedIn, on Twitter @virginorbit, and on Instagram@virgin.orbit.

ABOUT SATREVOLUTION

SatRevolution was founded in Poland in 2016 to focus on the emerging space market. With a vertically integrated business, the company specializes in the design, manufacture and operation of satellites as well as in data analysis and is construction of a real-time Earth observation constellation. Its goal is to become the world’s largest operator of EO satellites, delivering 1,024 nanosatellites to low Earth orbit by 2026 to provide 24-hour Earth observation. In October 2019, the company created a consortium with Virgin Orbit and nearly a dozen Polish universities to design and carry out the first commercial mission dedicated to the small satellite to Mars. In June 2021, SatRevolution placed two satellites, STORK-4 and STORK-5 Marta, in Low earth orbit with the launches of STORK-3 and SteamSat-2 scheduled for December 2021. The company also plans to launch CubeSat, its first Omani nanosatellite by the end of 2022. SatRev’s satellites can be used to solve the challenges of use and resource optimization on a wide range of issues such as precision agriculture, precision agriculture energy asset monitoring defense and intelligence monitoring of logistics and transport infrastructure. Current investors include Polish venture capital funds such as Infini, Newberg, Tech Invest Group and Kvarko (part of NCBiR’s Polish Science R&D Startup Funding Program). To learn more, visit satrevolution.com

ABOUT TUATARA

TUATARA combines consulting and technology to create enchanting experiences in the digital space. From process digitization to data analytics to innovative business models, TUATARA exceeds customer expectations with clever solutions based on artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive technologies. TUATARA has been carrying out breakthrough projects in telecommunications, finance and marketing sectors in Oman and other GCC countries since 2015.

Learn more about https://tuatara.pl

ABOUT ETCO

Driven by a forward-thinking approach, ETCO has developed a portfolio of successful partnerships in line with Oman’s digitalization strategy for 2040. With a compelling range of solutions and products and world-class customer service, the company helps to support the development of the Sultanate, while consolidating its position as an integrated technological partner.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words “believe”, “project”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “intend”, “strategy”, “future”, “opportunity “, “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will,” “will,” “will likely,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding the non-binding Memorandum of Understanding, the expected benefits of the assignments in the non-binding Memorandum of Understanding and the expected schedule for the accomplishment of the assignments and, therefore, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Virgin Orbit undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information , future events or otherwise. Virgin Orbit gives no assurance that it, or the non-binding MoU assignments, will meet its expectations.

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