Meet the founders – Deltaworks Space
1- Can you briefly explain what your solution is all about? What’s unique about it?
We are a space launch start-up developing sustainable, reusable small lift launch vehicles. We aim to bring down the cost of placing satellites in orbit while being sustainable, we have a zero-space debris, and a net-zero carbon emissions policy.
2- What’s the story behind your company? How was the idea for this business born?
We realized satellite providers were being presented with a compromise when it came to launching options, either they had to choose an expensive, dedicated small lift launch vehicle or a cheap rideshare mission which compromised on time till launch and unique delivery options.
3- Which is the challenge that your solution tackles, and how do you set apart from the other companies with similar solutions?
By providing a reusable, small lift solution, we can tackle both problems with a single launch vehicle. Reusability offers a low cost to orbit as reusing the vehicle
spreads out the cost to build it over every subsequent launch, whilst delivering a dedicated service tailored to the customer’s needs.
4- What are your goals, and what’s the biggest challenge you are trying to overcome at this moment?
We aim to achieve 12 launches in a single year by 2028, increasing up to 1 every day by 2032. Our reusability is a key aspect we are focusing on, we need to make the vehicle extremely reliable and easy to refurbish. This presents a lot of material science issues, the space industry has always aimed at being cheaper through cheaper parts, we are taking the opposite approach by making things cheaper through spending more on reliable, reusable parts.
5- What advice would you give to an entrepreneur trying to pave his/her way in the space sector landscape?
Simply put, it’s incredibly difficult, really think whether this is something you are serious about. Luckily, if you are serious, the space community is arguably one of the most helpful in the transformative technology sector, you are surrounded by like-minded individuals who are interested in progressing technology rather than just generating profit. Find yourself, mentors, the knowledge transfer is a key aspect of succeeding in the space sector, don’t get disheartened, every entrepreneur has setbacks, build a strong vision that you believe in and stick to it, understanding the why behind your product is the most important aspect. Most importantly, get stuck in, you need to have a go-getter attitude, validate your ideas with customers from the idea stage.
6- About SUN, why did you apply?
We were interested in getting validation of our business plans, our vision and our strategy to get our product to market. We also wanted to expand our network and gain some valuable advisors to help guide our development and transfer knowledge to our team.