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20 November, 2019 - 14:41 By Tony Quested

SATAVIA leads €1.9m aerospace venture for ESA

Cambridge-based aviation innovator SATAVIA is launching a €1.9 million 18-month demonstration project backed by the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency.

The project will undertake a series of user-focused demonstrations involving high profile airlines, maintenance repair and overhaul and original equipment manufacturer organisations.

SATAVIA says its capability can make maintenance planning 20 per cent more accurate, deliver fuel savings and emission reductions of one per cent, and extend aircraft engine lifetime by 10 per cent – with the collective potential of saving the industry more than £2 billion a year.

Adam Durant, SATAVIA CEO, said: “We are excited to launch this exciting project supported by the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency. 
Over the next 12-18 months SATAVIA will be scaling our capability with leading aerospace companies. Our vision is to simplify decision-making and make aviation smarter, more efficient and more sustainable.”

Arnaud Runge from ESA added: “The European Space Agency is looking forward to kicking-off this ambitious project, which we expect to bring additional evidence that space technologies and knowledge can contribute to make aviation safer, greener and more effective.”

SATAVIA chairperson Hanadi Jabado, said that since she joined the board 12 months ago, the business had embraced its mission “to disrupt the world of aviatech and to be the pioneers in environmental data science.”

She added: “Leveraging exceptional tech talent the company has successfully developed commercial solutions. This contract with the ESA is evidence of their market leading position and a platform to build on for the next stage of growth.”

SATAVIA markets itself as the only company that tracks and quantifies aircraft contaminant exposure using Artificial Intelligence to predict the damage caused to components in the engines and airframe.

Its proprietary software platform, DECISIONX, combines best-in-class technology from software engineering and data science, aerospace engineering, and atmospheric science and – suitably – is hosted in the cloud! This provides scalability and security to the proposition. Its customers include aircraft manufacturers, maintenance repair and overhaul, and airline companies.

SATAVIA’s team combines talent in AI, data science, software engineering and atmospheric science, and have close links to Cambridge University.

The company is also currently working with Rolls-Royce and GKN Aerospace on an Aerospace Technology Institute R & D project (Design Excellence – Ice Crystal Engine Research) focused on tackling the formation of ice crystals that can damage an aircraft. 

• Picture courtesy – ESA

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