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We back technology startups developing new aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, drones, sensors, autonomy, robotics and much more.

SeRo Systems
Founder Markus Fuchs, Matthias Schäfer
Category Aviation
Location Kaiserslautern, Germany

SeRo Systems has developed an integrity monitoring system for improving both safety and security of ADS-B, aiming at providing military-grade security to civil air traffic surveillance. This is becoming particularly important as ADS-B usage is becoming mandatory throughout the world. The GRX1090 sensor developed by SeRo Systems combines the flexibility and capabilities of software-defined radios with a high-end Mode S/ADS-B sensor. It has a 600km coverage range, Hertz-precision frequency and nanosecond-precision time of arrival measurements.

Deepwave Digital
Founder John Ferguson
Category Enabling technologies
Location Philadelphia, PA

Deepwave has developed the Artificial Intelligence Radio Transceiver (AIR-T), a software defined radio with three signal processors including an embedded NVIDIA GPU, a field programmable gate array (FPGA), and dual embedded CPUs. The incorporation of a GPU in the RF system allows for wideband processing of deep learning in a deployed environment.

Founder Silver Lodi, Lauri Kimmel, Mihkel Jalakas
Category Space
Location Tartu, Estonia

SpaceIt offers Mission Control as a Service (MCAAS) through a one stop solution for satellite ground communications. It includes a cloud-based Mission Control System (MCS), access to a worldwide network of ground stations and professional satellite control. SpaceIt platform operates as a ground station service brokerage for the satellite operators. Satellite missions are matched with ground stations and the process of finding, buying and selling radio communication is simplified. At the same time, ground station operators can monetize their spare capacity and maximize their efficiency via the platform.

Whitefox Defense Technologies
Founder Luke Fox
Category Defense
Location San Luis Obispo, CA

WhiteFox produces drone detection and mitigation products to protect infrastructure, defense, public use areas, and homeland security sectors. WhiteFox verifies the identity of friendly, reckless, or malicious drones and manages drone fleets in real time. Their mobile & stationary solutions allow users to land or reroute targeted threats by automatically taking control of the drone & locking the original pilot out.

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