Ibadan, 19 September 2023. – Euroconsult, a space consulting and market intelligence firm, organized an exclusive space sector awards ceremony celebrating outstanding achievements in Earth Observation, with four companies scooping the top awards. In addition, stand-out startup businesses also received recognition through the Finspace contest and the inaugural Space Business Catalyst award. The event marked the finale of World Satellite Business Week in Paris, a flagship conference.
Furthermore, the Annual Awards for Excellence in Earth Observation highlight exceptional commercial accomplishments and technology innovation from a range of cutting-edge space sector businesses. Additionally, it concluded the 26th anniversary of World Satellite Business Week with the following space companies receiving Excellence in Earth Observation Awards:
- ispace secured the Pioneer Space Business Award
- Unseenlabs collected the Newcomer EO Operator / Information Business Award
- Bayanat secured the Leading EO Business Award
- LeoLabs collected the Sustainable Development & Business Award
Friday also saw the winner of the 7th Finspace startup pitch competition announced. This year, the victorious startup was spacecraft propulsion company Pale Blue. In the award speech, Jun Asakawa, CEO of Pale Blue, stated, “We are truly happy to receive this recognition, and we want to express our gratitude to all concerned. Also, the biggest honor goes to the team who supported the company in attaining its overwhelming success over the past few years. We will continue striving to make space more accessible by providing a greener, reliable, and sustainable solution for spacecraft mobility.
In addition, the complementary inaugural Space Business Catalyst award, created by event partner Thales Alenia Space and linked to their Turin and Toulouse-located space accelerator program, went to in-space qualification and R&D startup Space DOTS, based in London.