5 February 2018
Recently the Estonian start-up Golbriak Space has been accepted as one of the very first start-ups to the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Estonia, which opened last November.
The start-up’s mission is to develop and implement services and technologies for satellite missions to not only optimise data distribution, but also by increasing the overall mission performance and reducing the operational costs. As a first step, the team intends to enhance the communication capabilities of small and micro satellites, by offering affordable optical communications terminals with speed of hundreds of megabits.
As the 2017 Copernicus Masters Overall Winner the company is already a key contributor to the FSSCat mission concept. Consisting of two 6U CubeSats, FSSCat will monitor the ice levels in the polar regions through GNSS-reflectometry and multispectral imaging. Golbriak Space contributes to the mission by enabling high-speed data exchange between the two platforms with the start-up’s main product, an optical transceiver for small satellites. This gives the multidisciplinary team of FSSCat the opportunity to test and validate their system in a real space environment.
ESA Busienss Incubation Centres 
Golbriak Space is joining the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Estonia to further develop the company. Here the team will benefit from business support and access to new facilities and technical support.
The ESA BIC Estonia is part of the European-wide ESA Busienss Incubation Centre network with now 18 centres in 15 countries, which together foster nearly 150 new start-ups yearly. 
Full story on the start-up Golbriak Space here.
More on the ESA Busienss Incubation Centre network here.
More on Copernicus Masters here.
P Z Nielsen
ESA Portal Editor
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