Providing applications
and business services.
Everywhere. From space.

New space.
New chances.

Space applications and technologies have become an integral part of our daily lives. They are an indispensable tool for science, global economy, politics and the modern industrial and infor­mation society, especially with regard to Industry 4.0 and Big Data.

New Space is the true commercialization of space: A movement that was triggered by drastically decreasing launch costs and the pragmatic use of cost-effective standard products and new business models that rely on space-base infrastructures.

eightyLEO is a German start-up in the field of New Space. eightyLEO is driving disruptive innovations in the 300 billion USD-strong market for satellite and space-based applications. The mission of the company is reflected by a comprehensive approach which is organised around the following key topics: constellation – capital – consulting – communication.

Constellation

eightyLEO is aiming to become the global network, data management and application company driving “digitalization and business transformation from space” in the global industrial market for the Internet of Things. With this approach, we are targeting the “other 50 billion”… and more devices that are estimated to become internet-ready in the next years. Our customer base covers all industry verticals, such as: automotive, transportation & logistics, mining & construction, agriculture, mechanical & plant engineering, infrastructure, etc.

Key to success will be an iterative process to find the right balance between leading-edge technologies and reliable, cost-efficient solutions. As well as the right balance between a state-of-the-art system architecture and true customer needs – which will be identified in joint use case studies with relevant market players.

New space. High goals.

Global connectivity Design, build and operate the LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellite infrastructure to enable real-time, broadband internet access for B2B applications in the worldwide Internet of Things – everywhere, anytime.
Data sovereignty Generate and analyze the data to offer business customers valuable insights to improve their businesses and processes. Our customers remain the owner of their data and utmost data security is our paradigm.
Internet of Things Develop game-changing, real-time applications for the industrial Internet of Things by smartly merging space-based and non space-based data sources. This enables our B2B clients to strengthen the relationships with their customers, bringing them closer together than ever before.
New Space Provide reliable services based on a cost-ef cient infrastructure that is maintained by applying the best New Space principles to the design, manufacturing, launch and operation of space-based and ground infrastructure.

Capital

eightyLEO is currently developing a buy-and-build platform – called NEWSPACE CO – together with our partners and investors. The objective is to establish a New Space industry and services corporation through strategic/financial participation and integration of growth-oriented New Space companies. They all face the challenge of mastering: commercialization, industrialization and internationalization.

For our client base, NEWSPACE CO will be focussing on companies which have an established business model, products & services as well as technologies and sales pipelines. The targeted companies require risk-oriented growth capital situated between venture capital and traditional private equity funding.

Consult

eightyLEO is offering consulting services based on the skills and expertise of its team and extended network to support its clients – established and new companies – in mastering the challenges and leveraging the opportunities that New Space offers. The professional service portfolio ranges from strategy consulting, operational excellence as well as business transformation, change management, marketing and communication to project management and execution support.

Communication

Under the White Rocket brand, eightyLEO and its partner, brand design agency Vince & Vert, are enthusiastic about building and strengthening the global and European New Space community.

White Rocket deals with every aspect of New Space, from disruptive innovations to digital transformation in the aerospace industry and its various user industries. White Rocket is the place to be: where the Silicon Valley meets Europe, where traditional space meets New Space, where today’s reality meets revolutionary ideas – and where new business opportunities are born.

New space.
Experienced crew.

The eightyLEO executive team comprises industry veterans with long-standing expertise in the aerospace, defense and security industry, as leaders and strategy consultants in all kind of industry settings: From startup and mid-sized family-owned businesses to large international corporations and top-tierconsulting firms.
Matthias Spott
CEO and Founder
Matthias has more than 18 years professional experience in various leadership and consulting roles in large international corporations and mid-sized companies. Prior to launching eightyLEO in early 2015, he was co-CEO of an aeronautics, space and infocom services company.
Michael Oxfort
CTO
Michael joined our team in the beginning of 2016. Among others, he has worked in leading positions at Blackbridge/RapidEye, one of the first commercial small satellite constellations originated in Germany. Michael brings his more than 23 years of professional engineering and leadership expertise into our team.
N.N.
CFO
We are currently recruiting our new CFO.

News

Via Satellite
11 Jan 2017
EightyLEO IoT Constellation
Hones Architecture, Name and Focus
EightyLEO CEO Matthias Spott says the company’s vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) servicing network of communications satellites remains intact and on track, despite the fact that the constellation name and satellite architecture has changed.

Spott launched the company in early 2015 with the aim to energize the European space industry by building and deploying a satellite constellation with an intense focus on end user applications in the commercial sector.

EightyLEO CEO Matthias Spott says the company’s vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) servicing network of communications satellites remains intact and on track, despite the fact that the constellation name and satellite architecture has changed. Spott launched the company in early 2015 with the aim to energize the European space industry by building and deploying a satellite constellation with an intense focus on end user applications in the commercial sector. Since then, however, Spott says the company has pivoted away from its original design, which was based on a constellation project from the 1990s, in an effort to more effectively serve today’s use cases.

“What happened to the satellites is what happens to everyone: they gained weight,” Spott told Via Satellite magazine. “We are now talking about launching satellites in the 200 kilogram class as opposed to the lighter satellites we had originally planned. While synchronizing business development and engineering and looking at the use cases we wanted to focus in on with the technology, it added weight to the overall system.”

With the revamp in design comes a change launch date as the company turns to launch its three demonstration satellites in late 2018 or 2019 for its satellite demonstration launches as opposed to the original 2016 launch date.

“We decided to wait until there were certain key technologies available and matured that we wanted to use that would make a difference for the constellation in terms of performance, reliability, cost-efficiency and weight limit, and not just rush through and demonstrate something,” said Spott.

The company is also moving forward with rebranding the name. The constellation will go to market as **Kaskilo** in order to differentiate themselves from other smallsat constellations popping up on the market.

“The name actually is interesting because we wanted to differentiate it from the hundreds of other companies out there. We didn’t want to call it something with ‘LEO’ or ‘Sat’ in the name because there are so many companies out there with that kind of name,” said Spott, who noted that the name is also a reference to a wish to communicate in the fleck alphabet. While much about the constellation is changing, Spott is insistent that the company’s vision remains the same.

“We have sharpened our vision, I would say. We very early on decided that we don’t want to serve the other 3 billion people, we want to serve the other 80 billion IoT devices that will be out there at some point in time with low-latency, transcontinental connectivity,” said Spott. “We are more clear now and more focused on which use cases and which customers we want to serve.

“We are not focused on narrow-band applications, which you could serve easily with nanosat constellations. We are really considering true global, intercontinental IoT broadband connectivity use cases and applications.”

The company also believes its IoT services won’t be competing against other IoT enabling technologies, such as 5G, but complementing them.

“5G is great in high-density areas in Europe, you see that it will take quite some time and a lot of CAPEX to make that happen. Those technologies will leave a lot of large gaps or areas where the satellite is probably the one and only solution to provide connectivity in those areas,” said Spott. “We believe satellite communication fits very well into that role, but in a very specific use case. You have to pick your customers and use cases very carefully in order to play this complementary role.”

Currently, eightyLEO is evaluating a constellation that would target five main user groups: automotive, aviation, infrastructure, mining&construction/agriculture – and going forward also maritime, health care. Spott says the company is mainly targeting the Business-to-Business (B2B) market, as competitors have already largely lined up to fill the consumer-facing need.

EightyLEO is currently in the middle of raising its Series A funding and, once completed, will focus on raising its Series B funding with its eye on getting the 2018 demo launch off the ground.

“Our main objective at this point is to make that demo mission happen. We are not raising the amount necessary to launch the full constellation at this point. For us, the demo mission is a very critical milestone in order to take technology, regulatory and market risk down,” said Spott. The scaling and the full implementation of the constellation is really appealing to a totally different type of investor.”

Spott says the company is aiming to begin launching the constellation in 2020, with initial operating capability in 2022 and full operating capability in 2024.
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Die Welt
7 Mar 2016
Deutsche bauen intelligentes Netzwerk im All Ein Start-up aus München möchte mit Hunderten Satelliten Autos und Industrieanlagen fernsteuern. Derzeit läuft Suche nach Investoren.

Nachdem US-Konzerne wie Google und Facebook die digitalen Medien dominieren, darf Europa nicht auch bei neuen Raumfahrtanwendungen ins Hintertreffen geraten. Diese Ansicht vertritt Matthias Spott, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von Eightyleo in München.

Das 2015 gestartete Unternehmen verfolgt eine ambitionierte Vision: "Wir haben das Ziel, zum Oneweb von Europa zu werden", sagt der 45-Jährige der "Welt".
Damit spielt er auf das im vergangenen Jahr vorgestellte Vorhaben des US-Unternehmens Oneweb an, mit bis zu 900 Kleinsatelliten ein weltumspannendes Kommunikationsnetz im All zu errichten. Die Satelliten sollen von Airbus in den USA gebaut werden. Die Pläne der deutschen Firma Eightyleo zielen jedoch nicht auf die Internet-Versorgung der Bevölkerung aus dem All, sondern richten sich an Industriebranchen, Handel und Verkehr – also Geschäftskunden. "Wir wollen mit Hunderten Satelliten ein Netz aufbauen, mit dem beispielsweise eine Überwachung und Steuerung von Maschinen nahezu in Echtzeit möglich ist", sagt Spott.

Deutschland habe mit der digitalen Vernetzung von Fertigungsprozessen unter dem Stichwort Industrie 4.0 eine Vorreiterstellung. Damit Fabriken aber international gesteuert werden könnten, seien schnelle, breitbandige Datenströme, bis hin zu Videos, notwendig. Ein weiteres Anwendungsfeld könnte die Autoindustrie mit der künftigen Vernetzung der Fahrzeuge oder dem autonomen Fahren sein. "Über Satelliten könnten zum Beispiel Software-Updates in die Fahrzeuge übertragen werden", sagt Spott.

Der Luft- und Raumfahrtingenieur, der vor seiner Selbstständigkeit zuletzt als Geschäftsführer beim Luftfahrt-TÜV IABG tätig war, steckt derzeit in der Detailarbeit für das Projekt. Aus ersten Planungen mit 80 Satelliten wurden inzwischen "mehrere hundert". Die Gesamtkosten lägen bei grob zwei Milliarden Euro, sagt Spott. Eine Handvoll der etwa 150 Kilo schweren Kleinsatelliten soll für erste Versuche 2018 ins All fliegen. Die Gesamtkonstellation sollte dann "Anfang der zwanziger Jahre" in Betrieb gehen.

Derzeit läuft die Investorensuche für zunächst zehn Millionen Euro. Ziel sei in einem weiteren Schritt, große künftige Anwender auch als Investoren zu gewinnen. Die Firma stehe vor Kooperationsvereinbarungen über Machbarkeitsstudien mit renommierten europäischen Konzernen, heißt es in einer Mitteilung.

Spott räumt ein, dass sein Vorhaben gegenüber internationalen Projekten im Bereich "Internet für alle", extrem ambitioniert ist. So hat Oneweb bereits 500 Millionen Dollar unter anderem von Airbus und Coca Cola eingesammelt. An Megaprojekten mit bis zu 4000 Satelliten arbeiten auch der US-Raumfahrtkonzern SpaceX und Google. Dank billigerer Transporte ins All und kleiner Satelliten, die künftig am Fließband gefertigt werden, herrscht in der Raumfahrtbranche derzeit Aufbruchstimmung.

Durch die im Silicon Valley ausgelöste "New Space"-Bewegung mit neuer Satelliten- und Raketentechnik drängen risikofreudige Privatunternehmer in den Markt. Statt zwei Satelliten im Jahr will die Airbus-Raumfahrtsparte bis zu vier an einem Tag produzieren. Das Vorhaben von Eightyleo will im Unterschied zu Wettbewerbern damit punkten, dass "die Datenhoheit in den Händen der Kunden bleibt und damit die Datensicherheit gewährleistet ist", erläutert Spott.

Es könnten angeblich Daten nicht unberechtigt abgesaugt werden. "Die Server stehen in Deutschland", betont der Ingenieur. Er sieht das Vorhaben auch als ein Projekt zur Technologiesicherung in Deutschland und Europa.

Als Beleg, dass sein Vorhaben mehr als ein Traum ist, verweist Spott auf eine "vielversprechende Kooperation mit einem europäischen Partner", den er allerdings nicht namentlich nennen will. Über ihn gebe es bereits einen Fuß in der Tür in der alles entscheidenden Frage der Sicherung der Funkfrequenzen aus dem All bei der internationalen Telekombehörde ITU. Spott ist zuversichtlich, dass es in der komplexen Schlüsselfrage der Frequenzen eine Lösung geben wird. Er sieht seine Firma als einen Beleg für den Umbruch in der Branche.
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