We’re living in a time when space is becoming more accessible every day. Satellite technology is growing, and savvy entrepreneurs are leading the way forward.
My guest today is Jakub Kapus, Founder and CTO of Spacemanic. Headquartered in Slovakia, they are a small satellite mission integrator focused on delivering flight-proven innovative and reliable nanosatellite solutions, platforms, components, and services to customers. Through development, testing, and licensing, their capabilities span from the design phase and go all the way through to launch.
In this episode, Jakub shares the story of building his first satellite from a small bathroom’s confines, eventually reaching the infinite orbit of space. We’ll discuss how nanosatellites have changed the industry, making the possibilities more affordable. We’ll also talk about the startup’s unique challenges in hardware, software, and government regulations and learn how he ultimately launched this satellite concept into the world.
One thing that makes Spacemanic unique is they are the first team launching a nanosatellite and the first space company in Slovakia. Spacemanic has been continuously developing to become a global brand. Jakub and his team support young talent in Slovakia to encourage them to turn the idea into reality, as he did over ten years before.
Listen to this episode of Startups: Digitalization to Realization to learn more about the innovation concept, Jakub’s advice for startups, and the role that Siemens played in helping Sapcemanic in launching the first nanosatellite in Slovakia.
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Guest: Jakub Kapuš, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Spacemanic
Jakub Kapuš was one of the founders of Slovak Organization for Space Activities (SOSA) in 2009. He led the organization for 5 years as a chairman. Thanks to SOSA, Slovak government sign the European Cooperating state agreement with European Space Agency (ESA) in 2015. This collaboration opens door to Slovak companies, research organizations, scientists and students to european space program. Jakub was the leader of the First Slovak satellite project skCUBE project, which was launched into space in 2017. Currently is working on development of international cooperation and projects under SOSA. His goals are also to start up space spin-off companies in Slovakia. He established Spacemanic, Ltd. company focusing on nanosatellite technologies. Represents Slovakia in ESA Programmer Board for navigation and also in Scientific-Technical subcommittee of COPUOS.
Connect with JaKub Kapuš on LinkedIn
Host: John Fox: Vice President of Marketing, Mainstream Engineering, Siemens Digital Industries Software
John Fox is Vice President of Marketing at Siemens Digital Industries Software. With previous roles at PTC and Accenture, he has more than 20 years of experience helping companies of all sizes—including startups—develop better products faster and more efficiently with the help of technology. John has a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania
Startups: Digitalization to Realization Podcast
Startups: Digitalization to Realization is a podcast series where we interview startup owners about their journey to turn their idea into a reality and become the next industry leaders. Launching a startup is never an easy road. In this series, you will hear startup owners tell their story about how they got started, what inspires them, and how they are always striving to solve their challenges. Some startups were born in the pandemic and some are changing to adapt this uncertain time. All of them have a great story to tell.