NewSpace: these French startups are setting out to cover the space

The French NewSpace sector is reinforcing its ambitions by developing new products intended to facilitate the launch of satellites, space travel, and even the invention of open space tourism. Discover three start-ups from French NewSpace that talk about them.

French NewSpace companies have soared to infinity and beyond. Although the conquest of space has previously been a state, recent events have shown the fascination of private companies for space. Between the success of Space X, the company of American billionaire Elon Musk and the desire of Jeff Bezos to develop space tourism through the Blue Origin project, French startups are embarking on racing for NewSpace. To support their strike power, they have been grouped together, since May 2021, within the NewSpace France Alliance (ANF). Big Media presents three French companies that shine in the NewSpace sector.

Gamma and its principle of solar sails

The startup, which will raise just 2 million euros, wants to use sunlight as an energy source, such as wind for boats. Currently, propulsion systems in space are electrical and chemical and have several constraints. “Chemical propulsion is very strong but short in time, electric propulsion is medium and medium in time while photon propulsion is medium strong but infinite in time. The longer it lasts, the faster it gets “, explanation, in Echoes, Thibaud Elzière, founder of Gama. The sail will be deployed into space next October from Florida via a SpaceX rocket. The company, along with its sailing principle, wants to show that it can carry out missions cheaper than space agencies: approximately 20 million euros, against 150 million by traditional methods. Gama aims to launch the mainsail, destination Venus, in 2025.

Kinéis, the French NewSpace champion who joined Next40

Since 2021, Kinéis has been one of 40 French startups with the potential to quickly become the world’s technology leader. The company defines itself as a global connectivity satellite operator dedicated to the Internet of Things. “Our satellites are primarily used for science and environmental-related uses, such as tracking wild animals or fishing boats for scientific or institutional purposes. Our solutions can also be used to track lands, monitor infrastructure networks, or be useful in the transportation and logistics sector.“, explains Alexandre Tisserant, its president. The company, which has raised 100 million euros in 2020, aims, by the end of 2023, to send its entire constellation into space to multiply the performance of the current IoT (internet of things) its connectivity.nosatellites will connect millions of additional objects in fields as diverse as agriculture, logistics, transportation and energy.

Zephalto and its tourist balloon flights for space

The French startup is facing the behemoths Space X and Blue Origin in the space tourism market. Unlike American companies, the French company aims to organize space travel without impact on the environment, drawing inspiration from hot air balloons. The “Céleste” project consists of a basket attached to a 130 -meter -high balloon capable of carrying passengers into the stratosphere, 25 km above our heads. Addressing this ecology also addresses economic issues. According to Bank of America, over the next 30 years, the galaxy tourism market will represent 2,700 billion dollars. The target is still appropriate with a ticket value estimated at several hundred thousand euros. This does not deter some people from being curious. “We have over 200 people registered “, underlines Vincent Farret d’Astiès, founder of the company. The first flights are scheduled for 2025, with 60 seats available and 360 next year.

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