GPAINNOVA reaches a collaboration agreement with the aerospace company Open Cosmos
GPAINNOVA has reached a cooperation agreement with Open Cosmos, a company dedicated to satellite design and manufacturing.
Open Cosmos announced the details today at GPAINNOVA’s facilities in Barcelona, which from now on will also host the company’s staff. Besides working together, both organizations will participate in the creation of a high-tech laboratory for satellite manufacturing. These shared spaces will generate synergies that will enable joint projects in the future.
More than 200 new direct and indirect jobs
During the press conference, Open Cosmos has also advanced the expansion of its investment plan in Catalonia, including the investment of 10 million euros in Barcelona in the coming years and the creation of 50 highly-qualified direct jobs, attracting and repatriating talent that is now dispersed around the world —in organizations such as NASA—, and more than 150 indirect jobs.
“The essence of GPAINNOVA is to participate in highly relevant projects; we do believe that the aerospace field opens up a wide range of possibilities for us, and we have no doubt: this is a great opportunity to collaborate effectively hand in hand with Open Cosmos,” assessed Pau Sarsanedas, CEO and co-founder of GPAINNOVA.
Rafel Jordá, founder of Open Cosmos, has also positively valued the impact that his company will have in the Catalan capital: “The space industry is in full revolution, and we hope that the investments that Open Cosmos is making in Barcelona will help to catalyze the growth of the whole ecosystem with ambitious projects that will boost the existing industrial and technological fabric”.
Launch of Menut, a new satellite
GPAINNOVA and Open Cosmos’ facilities also hosted the Menut satellite, promoted by the Catalan Government and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC). It is the first Earth observation satellite of the NewSpace strategy in Catalonia, and has been designed and manufactured by Open Cosmos. Once launched, it will also be operated by the space company.
After the presentation, Menut left Barcelona to be integrated into the SpaceX rocket, which will be launched on December 6th from the John F. Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, in the United States.
GPAINNOVA is a technology group born in 2013 in Barcelona, with subsidiaries in Sunrise (Florida, USA), Hong Kong and Shenzhen (Mainland China) and specializing in surface metal finishing machinery, with DLyte and MURUA; medical devices with GPAMEDICAL, marine robotics with GPASEABOTS and high-performance power electronics with POWER INNOTECH. GPAINNOVA has a team of more than 180 professionals on staff and more than 40 engineers, 55 distributors, more than 600 worldwide clients, allowing for a turnover of €23.2 million in 2021 (47% more than the previous year).
GPAINNOVA was selected by The Financial Times among the 1,000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2020, 2021 and 2022. It is algo among the 4 Europe’s fastest-growing companies in the industrial goods sector, being the first one in Spain. Among others, GPAINNOVA received this year the Best Multinational Industrial Technology Group Award 2021 at the European Enterprise Awards; the Innova Award at the Empresa de l’Any (Company of the Year) Awards 2021, organized by El Periódico and Banco Sabadell; the Innovation Award at Surfair 2022, the TCT Post-Processing Award 2022 and the distinctive label of ‘Catalonia Exponential Leaders’, which recognizes it as one of the most disruptive Catalan companies.
About Open Cosmos
Open Cosmos is a space company that designs, manufactures and operates satellite missions capable of addressing major global challenges such as sustainability or digitalization. It offers a comprehensive service comprising the entire value chain of the space sector, including the design, manufacturing, mission management or launch of tailor-made satellites for companies, institutions, and governments around the world. These satellites are primarily used for three purposes: gathering critical Earth data for economic, environmental or security decisions; providing telecommunications services on a global scale; or developing space science and technology. The team is formed by a multidisciplinary group of more than 50 highly qualified professionals that make Open Cosmos an innovative, pioneering and leading company in what its professionals call enabling space, a sector that, thanks to its space technology, enables other industries to make profitable decisions for business models based on reliable global data.
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