To the left, Exodus Orbitals’ 1U CubeSat simulator, which can be operated through Wi-Fi from a laptop. Credit: Exodus Orbitals

TAMPA, Fla. — Canadian startup Exodus Orbitals plans to launch its first satellite in March to take the software-defined space trend a step further, providing a platform for third parties to upload and run their applications from orbit.

Software-defined satellites can be reprogrammed in space, enabling operators on the ground to reconfigure them for different applications after they are launched to orbit.

They are increasingly popular among companies looking for more flexibility in geostationary orbit (GEO), amid uncertainty around how a surge of broadband satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) will affect their businesses.

Exodus Orbitals aims to expand the software-defined concept in LEO, founder and CEO Dennis Silin said in an interview.

“Think of the satellite as an iPhone in space where people can submit their apps,” Silin said.

“The simplest app could be a camera app where you take a photo and download it.”

Exodus Orbitals is initially focusing on selecting instruments for its debut satellite that are most useful for Earth observation applications.

Silin said an undisclosed U.S. partner is building the satellite and it is working with another company based in the country to secure a launch next year, although it does not yet have a firm contract in place.

In June, he said the startup successfully flight-tested computer code needed to run its open platform. The test involved the European Space Agency’s OPS-SAT CubeSat, which launched in December 2019 to serve as an on-orbit testbed for advanced software-driven capabilities.

Exodus Orbitals is essentially commercializing OPS-SAT, which Silin said is attracting demand that far exceeds the capability of the 3U CubeSat.

The biggest challenge to Exodus Orbitals’ open-platform approach is ensuring that multiple third-party applications can run on the same satellite without harming it, by crashing onboard computers or sending conflicting mission-critical commands.

However, Silin said lessons learned through participating in the OP-SAT mission, which ESA billed as “the world’s only spacecraft freely open for public use,” give him “confidence that this problem will not be a showstopper.”

Exodus Orbitals is seeking seed funding to accelerate its deployment after securing its first investment from Moonshot, the Australian business incubator.

Silin said the company has “some small customer commitments,” adding that its “best-case scenario” involves ramping up to between 30 and 100 satellites in five years, depending on demand and financing.

The startup aims to expand beyond small-scale exploration experiments into a “fully blown AppStore in space platform.”

It also has a partnership with Ashburn, Virginia-based communications startup LEOcloud to develop satellite-based cloud computing.

On July 22, Exodus Orbitals said it is teaming up with Lady Rocket Foundation, a public charity that runs a series of entrepreneurial space initiatives, to develop blockchain-based digital collectibles known as nonfungible tokens (NFTs).

Funds raised from selling these NFTs will be used to acquire and access satellite observation activities for protecting African wildlife against poaching and climate change. Copernic Space, a startup developing a blockchain-powered platform designed for space assets, is working on the initiative.

Texas-based Hypergiant, which is also planning a fleet of reconfigurable software-defined satellites, recently secured a U.S. Air Force indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to support its development.

Thought NFTs were all about money-grabbing art and overpriced pixelated punk images? One organization proves that wrong.

Last week saw Saving the Survivors, the Lady Rocket Foundation, and Copernic Space announce their launch of the Satellite Rhino non-fungible token (NFT) series to help finance the organization’s needs to better rescue Rhinos from poaching.

The organization, which directs many of its efforts to help sustain the dwindling population of rhinos around South Africa, believes that the use of newer technologies could vastly improve their ability to save animals in need.

In particular, the use of satellite imagery and tracking technologies could prove to be a groundbreaking step that innovates the processes behind saving the rhino population.

This is one of the reasons why Saving the Survivors teamed up with the Lady Rocket Foundation and Copernic Space to use space as the means for better solving needs on earth by applying the new models cryptocurrency provides.

Crypto, NFTs, and Rhinos

Having already launched the first Space Art NFT Exhibition, Lady Rocket and her Foundation leverage technology to bring more accessibility and funding towards the deep belief that we shouldn’t view the space market as just a technological race, but rather as the means to improve our world, fight the problems created by poachers or climate change, and tackle the various challenges faced on Earth.

The Foundation’s mission is to improve access to space by applying innovative initiatives and cryptocurrencies to use its many possibilities to build a better world.

“As a 3rd generation aerospace entrepreneur, I am compelled and committed to create and drive new ventures and initiatives which will transform Space into the most rewarding human endeavor yet, while also offering solutions to challenges and tragedies taking place on Earth right now. Our Lady Rocket Foundation team has been working hard on impactful initiatives,” said Lady Rocket, Co-Founder of the Lady Rocket Foundation in a statement.

How do they do it?

The blockchain-based platform that’s applying NFTs to such things as payload space and satellite data licenses, Copernic Space looks to not only allow space assets to be more easily accessible and acquirable by the global market, but provide a place for individuals across the world to finance space ventures and initiatives.

This allows for the direct support of space-related causes and acquire what they call alternative space assets such as this Saving the Survivors “Satellite Rhino” NFT series.

Continued work with Saving the Survivors, the Lady Rocket Foundation, and their many space partners on this mission will allow the global public to own these alternative space assets while financing the development of the world’s first Wildlife Recovery and Rehabilitation Hospital in Africa and the advancement of a parallel satellite solution.

Copernic Space will continue supporting such missions through its upcoming launch of a web3.0 platform that will facilitate the processes behind the space asset market and allow financial backing of related ventures such as Saving the Survivors.

“We invest a good amount into humanitarian Space initiatives that combine crypto models as we are a blockchain-based platform,” said Grant Blaisdell, CEO of Copernic Space, in this regard.

“Our collaboration with Saving The Survivors and Lady Rocket Foundation for the “Satellite Rhino” NFT series is a step towards changing the dynamic on how space-related initiatives finance their missions.”

To support this cause an NFT artwork was created by the artist Sam Price. It is currently available for bidding, with part of the profits donated to Saving the Survivors and the development of the world’s first Wildlife Recovery and Rehabilitation Hospital in Africa.

But buyers will also directly support the development of a space venture whose future mission is to provide satellite data and imagery for Saving the Survivors and other causes with similar needs. Copernic Space hopes to help further develop this mission and build up the space ecosystem whilst better using space assets for benefits on earth and grow the global community of individuals actively participating in the space economy.

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

By Lady Rocket

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“All of us at Saving the Survivors are extremely grateful to Eva, not only for her generosity, donating her own time and resources, but also for helping us engage the Space and Crypto communities through her Lady Rocket Foundation.”

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Saving The Survivors