The winners of the 2022 Excellence in Earth Observation Awards have been announced at Euroconsult’s 25th World Satellite Business Week event.
The annual awards recognise exceptional commercial and innovative accomplishments, with the finalists assessed on criteria such as innovation, strategic decisions, market impact, financial and commercial indicators.
The four winners are:
Satellite Information Business Award: Airbus
The judges said that the aerospace giant has proven its mastery of Earth Observation with a varied range of capabilities and applications, including the Pléiades Neo, Pléiades, SPOT, DMC Constellation and Vision-1 optical satellites, as well as a radar constellation offering a wealth of accurate data.
Pioneer Space business: Blacksky
Blacksky’s rapid AI-driven satellite data analytics has found strong commercial success, counting a partnership with Airbus, a contract with NASA and interest from the US Air Force for its technological integration.
New Space Business Award: Rocket Lab
Since its founding in 2006, Rocket lab has become an end-to-end space company with its own spacecraft and launchers, making steps towards reusability and securing contracts with NASA, Unseenlabs, DARPA, Spire and more.
Sustainable Development & Business Award: EPFL for Space Sustainability Rating initiative
Having received financial support from the Swiss Space Office, the Space Sustainability Rating initiative was created to encourage the design and implementation of sustainable space missions as an answer to the increasingly urgent challenge of space debris and is quickly gaining traction.
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