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Spacetech Miratlas raises €2m to globalize its atmospheric data monitoring instruments

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Thursday, May 12th 2022 à 15:00 | Read 474 times

Miratlas aims to have a global network of atmospheric data measurements and is raising €2m to industrialise its monitoring instruments.

Spacetech Miratlas raises €2m to globalize its atmospheric data monitoring instruments
FRANCE. Miratlas, which specialises in the optical characterisation of cloud cover and atmospheric turbulence, is preparing to industrialise its monitoring instruments. The spacetech company based in the Pays d'Aix innovative business incubator in Pertuis, Vaucluse, announced on Tuesday 10 May 2022 that it had raised €2m to accelerate its development.

The Parisian venture capitalist Karista - via its Cosmicapital fund, which is also the first operation -, Région Sud Investissement (RSI) and private investors participated in this round of financing.

Jean-Édouard Communal and Frédéric Jabet, co-founders and respectively CEO and CTO of the Provençal start-up, have the ambition to have a global network of atmospheric data obtained from starlight and the Sun.
"The parameters measured are critical for the future of very high-speed satellite telecommunications: laser optical transmissions," says a press release. These technologies, which provide a capacity more than a hundred times greater than radio transmissions, originated in astronomy. They allow high-precision measurements to be made in real time.
Laser communications are also essential for the global distribution of quantum keys, which are crucial for cyber security.

"Ensuring continuity of service for laser communications

"The use of lasers for links between Earth and space is dependent on atmospheric conditions: clouds, absorption and turbulence," says the company. Its contribution, through its instruments, is therefore to characterise these data.

Miratlas describes itself as "the first spacetech player to offer all the information necessary for the continuity of service of laser communications". The start-up's readings also provide a better understanding of our atmosphere and the impact of global warming on its stability as well as on the dispersion of pollutants.

"The company is already far ahead in the spacetech sector. It has already proven itself with the biggest names in the sector and we are convinced that its development prospects make it one of the future nuggets of our territory," comments Pierre Joubert, Managing Director of Région Sud Investissement.

Selected at the end of June 2021 as one of the nineteen projects supported by the French start-up acceleration programme in the aeronautics, space and defence sectors, Blast*, Miratlas is already working with CNES, the French space agency, on several innovative projects.

* Blast, for Boost and Levarage Aerospace & defense Technologies, is being developed by the public-private consortium Starburst in collaboration with ONERA (Office national d'études et de recherches aérospatiales), the Société d'accélération du transfert de technologies (SATT) Paris-Saclay and the École polytechnique. It is supported by BpiFrance and industrialists.


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