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Safran invests in Vyoma, a startup specializing in space debris monitoring

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Paris, June 20, 2023 – Safran Corporate Ventures is pleased to announce the signing of a joint
investment, with three co-investors, in Vyoma as part of an €8.5 million funding round.
The Germany-based startup founded in 2020 plans to launch a constellation of observation satellites to
monitor space debris in low-Earth orbit. It will use a fleet of satellites carrying dedicated telescopes to
identify and catalogue space debris. The data – in combination with Vyoma’s services – will enable
satellite operators to autonomously navigate and avoid collisions with debris. Vyoma is positioned in
the strategic domain of space situational awareness (SSA) and aligned with Europe’s commitment to
space sovereignty.

Alongside this investment, Safran will work in partnership with Vyoma in three areas. Safran Electronics
& Defense, will investigate the feasibility of flying radiofrequency sensors and laser rangefinders on
Vyoma’s constellations and will work with the startup on sharing complementary data to maximize its
precision and value. Safran Reosc will explore the development of an optical instrument to detect
objects smaller than 2 cm in surveillance mode that complements Vyoma’s existing and future sensor

“This partnership with Vyoma is technologically and strategically important to reinforce Safran
Electronics & Defense as we round out our SSA offering,” said Jean-Marie Bétermier, Head of Space
Direction of Safran Electronics & Defense.

“For Safran Corporate Ventures, this investment in a Germany-based New Space startup reflects our
strategy of supporting companies developing disruptive technologies that are strategic for Safran and
in line with French-German collaboration to strengthen the European Union’s sovereignty,” said Florent
Illat, Head of Safran Corporate Ventures.
“The partnership with Safran Electronics & Defense helps us refining our data and services portfolio to
match our customers’ needs and achieve safety and efficiency in space operations”, said Dr Stefan
Frey, CEO of Vyoma.

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors),
defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport
is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 83,000 employees
and sales of 19 billion euros in 2022, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in
its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities
of its R&T and innovation roadmap.
Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

Safran Corporate Ventures is Safran’s venture capital arm, tasked with funding innovative technology businesses
and startups. Since being founded in April 2015, it has contributed financing to fourteen innovative companies
active in sectors related to Safran’s businesses (decarbonizing aircraft industry, Industry 4.0, onboard components,
new materials, new services).
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Vyoma is a Munich-based company that leverages ground-based and, soon, space-based data to empower
automated satellite operations. Officially founded in August 2020, Vyoma builds on decades of research of the
three founders, Dr. Stefan Frey, Christoph Bamann and Dr. Luisa Buinhas, while working at the European Space
Agency and at their respective universities during their doctoral degrees – the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi), the
Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of the German Federal Armed Forces (UniBw). As of
June 2023, the team totals 22 Vyomanauts (employees), all located in the office in Munich.
Currently involved in the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and other transnational
consortia working towards efficient and automated space traffic management, Vyoma has formed strong
partnerships across the industry, notably with Atos for secure space data provision in cloud infrastructures and with
ground sensor data providers globally.

Source: Safran

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