06 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Inmarsat has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA) to collaborate on research and the development of future technology.
The agreement was signed at the 2018 international shipping
event in Posidonia by Inmarsat’s maritime
president Ronald Spithout and Christodoulos Protopapas,
chairman of the Hellenic Space Agency.
"This agreement underlines an already, strong and
collaborative partnership between Inmarsat and the Hellenic
Space Agency. We look forward to this further developing in the
years to come and seeing the benefits of projects which will
help shape our industry," said Ronald Spithout,
Inmarsat’s maritime president.
Under the scope of the agreement the two parties will
collaborate on research and development opportunities in space
and ground segment technologies, as well as a mutual exchange
of data. In addition the two companies will look at the role of
satellite within the internet of things and strategic research
studies on future maritime software technologies and broader
"Inmarsat is one of the most respected global space
businesses and it is hugely exciting that this memorandum will
pave the way for greater cooperation with us on a number of
levels. Whether it is an exchange of skills, data or people, we
will work on initiatives which will increase knowledge and
understanding of the impact of satellite technology" added
Both parties have indicated that there’s
opportunity for secondments, the temporary transfer of staff,
between the two companies.
The Hellenic Space Agency is mandated by the Hellenic
Republic to promote space and technology and foster research
activities related to advance scientific engineering within the
framework of Greek government policy.
Earlier this year Inmarsat lost its foothold as the sole
provider of the maritime distress signal industry broken after
the UN opened up the contract to rivals Iridium and BeiDou
Navigation Satellite System.
Hellenic Space Agency,