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The Spark – German Digital Award 2021 – goes to OroraTech

Berlin/Munich, 12 November 2021. – OroraTech, the first NewSpace start-up to provide global wildfire detection and monitoring services, is the 2021 winner of The Spark – German Digital Award presented by Handelsblatt and McKinsey.  This award is a high recognition of OroraTech’s mission on protecting our forests and keeping our Earth sustainable by detecting global wildfires and reducing CO2 emissions.

“It truly is a team effort and I am so proud of all of their hard work.”,  said CEO and Co-founder Thomas Grübler

This year’s award was dedicated to start-ups that are committed to climate neutrality and want to contribute to an emission-free future with Net Zero Tech. After a process of selection, community voting, and a jury meeting, the top 10 finalists pitched for 90 seconds in front of the live jury in Berlin about their companies and climate technology.

OroraTech’s wildfire service currently uses a custom wildfire detection algorithm and data from 20 different satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) to notify users of fires in their area of interest and to support immediate firefighting. The company’s focus is to prevent, monitor and uncover the damages caused by climate change and to tackle environment-related business opportunities. In parallel, the company is developing its own nanosatellite constellation specialized in wildfire detection, with the first satellite launching in January 2022.

Photo credits cover: Marc-Steffen Unger

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