NewSpace People Interview with Valispace

co-founder and CEO

What Is the Background of Valispace’s Top Management?

All founders of Valispace are Satellite System Engineers who have been working for multiple years in the industry, developing small, medium and big satellites. However they also have a strong Software Development and Startup background, allowing them to understand the customer's needs and to act on them.

What Is Valispace’s Core Product or Service?

Valispace is a browser-based software that enables engineers to collaboratively design better satellites, rockets and other complex hardware products.

With Valispace, all engineers work with the latest, synchronized values across their team. When values depend on each other, updating one is sufficient so that all others are recalculated and kept up to date. All technical project documentation is kept in line with the design and updated automatically. Notifications are issued when critical parts of the design have been changed by a team-member.

Simulations and other tools can be easily connected to the Valispace API, to make use of the current engineering values without searching for the correct version throughout numerous documents.

Valispace provides the "single-source of truth" for all engineering data across engineering disciplines.

What Is Valispace’s Unique Proposition to Their Market Sector?

Valispace replaces the document-based engineering approach by a data-driven approach: Engineering data is not stored anymore in numerous static and inconsistent PDFs, XLSs, DOCs, etc. but rather in a centralized, consistent database, ready to be accessed via web-interface by team members or via API by simulation-software. This fast and consistent approach saves engineering teams ~15% of their engineering budget for complex engineering projects.

How Does Valispace’s Disrupt the Competitive Environment of Its Market with Its Product/Service?

Document based engineering has been around since the 1960's and all major spacecraft by all major companies and space agencies are still developed using this approach. Valispace enables small teams to dramatically increase their productivity and to therefore develop similar spacecraft with less resources and time. When implemented in big teams it makes the engineering complexity more manageable and ​allows these teams to develop more complex products on schedule and budget.​

What Are Valispace’s Growth Objectives over the next 5 Years?

​Valispace aims at becoming the most widely used engineering data storage for space companies. From there we plan to expand first to the related aerospace industry and then further into all industries which develop highly complex products in small quantities (such as oil rigs, ships, power plants, robots, etc.). ​

What Competitive Changes Does Valispace Envisage Within Key Markets over the next 5 Years?

Engineering in all disciplines will move towards a more data-driven and model-based Systems Engineering approach. The same way github and similar tools enabled the software industry to collarboratively build exponentially more complex and powerful software in the past 10 years, analogous tools will revolutionize the hardware industry. This will enable small companies to compete with major businesses in some fields, putting ever more pressure on these companies to move themselves towards digitalization.

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