Vyoma has been distinguished in multiple categories of the smallsat competitions organized by the German Space Agency at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) — these prestigious awards were announced during the 2023 Small Satellite Conference in Berlin on November 23, 2023.
Vyoma received two awards, one from the Microlauncher Competition and one from the Small Satellite Competition. The competitions aimed at providing launch opportunities for smallsats, under 200 kg of mass (as the competitions’ limit), whose technology aligns with Germany’s and Europe’s space strategy. Dr. Anna Christmann, a member of the Bundestag and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, presented the awards.
These two awards will allow Vyoma to continue its mission to secure space assets by expanding its in-situ surveillance system with two additional telescopes that will monitor objects and space debris down to a few centimeters. By monitoring space traffic 24/7, Vyoma contributes to Europe’s autonomy in Space Domain Awareness (SDA) and geostrategic independence from current data sources outside of the European continent. Vyoma’s commitment to developing a high-precision catalogue of space debris and enhancing existing catalogues across all orbital regions further cements Europe’s space sovereignty.
As part of the Microlauncher Competition award, a launch opportunity with the RFA One launch vehicle, from Rocket Factory Augsburg, has been secured. Other notable winners in this category include esteemed institutions such as the DLR Institute of Materials Physics in Space, DLR Institute of Lightweight Systems, Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Technical University of Munich – WARR e.V., Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), EnduroSat (Bulgaria), and the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Spain).