Inmarsat hosts start-up and industry collaboration

11 December 2019: Inmarsat continues to champion open innovation by hosting an accelerator programme event today for start-ups in the aerospace industry.

The Starburst event, being held at Inmarsat’s Silicon Roundabout London HQ, will give 10 young companies the opportunity to pitch their products to industry leaders from companies such as Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. These products include a digital communications solution to help reduce the cost of flight delays and an application to enable the formation flight of up to 2,000 miniaturised satellites, or nanosats.

Inmarsat’s product development and engineering teams will join panel discussions on innovation initiatives in the aerospace industry and the future of air traffic management and drones.

UAV applications

Inmarsat first worked with aerospace accelerator Starburst earlier this year on an innovation programme to explore the role of satellite communication in the commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market.

The company has also partnered with other maritime industry digital influencers in the Trade and Transport Impact Programme, working with scale-up companies to co-create solutions for the industry.

With Inmarsat’s record of innovation spanning 40 years, supporting collaboration between industry and disruptive start-ups is a natural fit, explains Digital Innovation Partnerships lead Clara Wahnich.

Unique experience

“We have plenty of world-class expertise within our walls but we recognise that we don’t have all the answers,” she said. “Seeking out non-established partners with niche expertise and unique experience and providing them with a platform allows us to co-create new satellite solutions to enhance our offering to our existing customers and open up entirely new markets.

“It allows us to be an enabler for digitalisation, in particular for the maritime and aviation industries, transforming the way they use their data to operate more efficiently, carry out remote maintenance, manage cybersecurity, improve crew welfare and much more.”

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