Launching Nanosatellites with Jakub Kapus, Founder and CTO of Spacemanic
We’re living in a time when space is becoming more accessible every day. Satellite technology is growing, and savvy entrepreneurs are leading the way forward. My guest today is Jakub Kapuš, Founder and CTO of Spacemanic. Headquartered in Slovakia, they are a small satellite mission integrator focused on delivering flight proven innovative and reliable nanosatellite solutions, platforms, components and services to customers. Their capabilities span from the design phase, through development, testing, and licensing, and go all the way through to launch. In this episode, Jakub shares the story of building his first satellite from the confines of a small bathroom, eventually reaching the infinite orbit of space. We’ll discuss how nanosatellites have changed the industry, making the possibilities more affordable. We’ll also talk about the unique challenges of the startup in terms of hardware, software, government regulations, and learn how he ultimately launched this satellite concept into the world. If you’re an early-stage startup in business for less than three years, you can now apply to get Solid Edge product development software for free, with no application fee. The Solid Edge for Startups program provides eligible startups with free access to a complete product development solution, including CAD, CAM, and CAE software. Go to www.siemens.com/startupsSome Questions I Ask:How much of your business consists of nanosatellites? (3:18)What got the media excited about your project? (9:07)What were some of the challenges you faced as a startup? (12:10)What technology challenges did you come up against? (16:37)What are you using in your business to differentiate yourself from your competitors? (18:33)Where do you see the company in the next 5 years? (21:22)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:How customers are using these satellites (3:54)The origins of Spacemanic (5:12)How Jakub built his first satellite (7:25)How the university environment helps fuel their growth (14:19)The software and engineering tools they use (20:10)The particular challenges of being a trailblazer for space technology (23:17)Connect with Jakub Kapuš:LinkedInTwitterConnect with John Fox: LinkedInTwitterResources:SpacemanicSubscribe to our Podcast:Apple PodcastsListen NotesSpotify See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.