Meet the founders – Kreios Space

1- Can you briefly explain what your solution is all about? What’s unique about it?

Kreios Space proposes a fully electrical and renewable propulsion system for satellites that will enable the Very Low Earth Orbits (between 100 to 450 Km). This system is an Air breathing electric propulsion system based in helicon waves that only uses the remaining atmospheric air and the solar energy.

What is unique from our solution is that it provides thrust without the need for carrying any propellant on board, removing the limitations of using propellant and improving the resolution that they can obtain up to 16 times.

2- What’s the story behind your company? How was the idea for this business born?

The idea comes from a bachelor’s degree thesis that was done by the CEO, in which the potential of the Very Low Earth Orbits was studied. At that point the idea of using this kind of propulsion system in order to enable it came up. Then this idea was validated by several companies in the field which are willing to use it.

3-Which is the challenge that your solution tackles, and how do you set apart from the other companies with similar solutions?

We solve the need for improving the resolution for both telecommunications and Earth observation that is obtained from the satellites. We are giving a creative approach to this problem by proposing an innovative solution, which can also be applied together with the improvements in the satellite’s hardware capacities.

The solution that we propose is to allow the satellites to get closer to the Earth, solving the problem without the need of any other improvement in the lenses or the telecommunication technologies rather than the usage of a clean and autonomous thruster.

There are competitors trying to reach this orbit with the current thrusters but the limitations in weight, size and design are too big to make it viable. There are other companies trying to develop an ABEP thruster from a different technical approach but with the same objective. We differentiate from them because our system is done for the industry, taking into account their needs and focusing the technical trade offs to supply them, achieving longer mission duration times and a wider range of altitudes.

4- What are your goals, and what’s the biggest challenge you are trying to overcome at this moment?

Our biggest challenge right now is the technical development of the technology, since it is a new cutting-edge technology that still requires a lot of research.

5- What advice would you give to an entrepreneur trying to pave his/her way in the space sector landscape?

The most important thing is to understand the industry in which you want to take part, know your customer, their needs, your suppliers, the governmental agencies and all the partners that you can meet in your journey. It is a small sector in which everyone is known and most of the companies are welcoming to new partners, so don’t be afraid to knock doors and present your solution.

6- About SUN, why did you apply?

We applied to Space Hub Network because we thought that it would be a great opportunity for us to better know the environment in which we should interact as well as getting contacts and advisors that could provide us with value.