Below is our recent interview with Björn Stoffers, CMO & Co-founder of OroraTech:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: OroraTech, based in Munich, Germany, is a NewSpace start-up providing global wildfire detection and monitoring services. We have developed a service that processes data from various available satellite sources and allows users to visualize the data in multiple map forms. In parallel, we are developing our own nanosatellite constellation specialized in wildfire detection and equipped with a custom thermal-infrared camera and data processing unit.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: We recently closed our Series A investment round with €5.8 ($7.1) million, led by Findus Ventures and Ananda Impact Ventures, that will help us launch our first satellites into orbit and allow us to develop and expand our wildfire technology faster.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: Our platform utilizes 17 different satellite sources in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) to notify users of fires in their area of interest, and provide high-resolution analyses on vegetation, moisture and historical fires. We help our users to tackle wildfires especially in remote areas much faster to prevent them from getting out of control.
Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: Our first own satellite will be launched at the end of 2021 and will be the base of our constellation. The satellite is equipped with a custom thermal-infrared imager that will provide a complete new set of data for wildfire monitoring. With the end of the pandemic, we are also looking forward to traveling again and expanding our activities into new markets.
Q: What is a great thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: Our team is from all over the world and really nerdy! There is so much passion for space technology and protecting our forests and environment. Lots of pizza parties watching space documentaries and live streams of launches in the office.