The next one will be in transport, according to the space engineer, so that it will finally “catch everywhere”. From annoying frustrations shared by all, he developed his idea and ambitions with lightning speed so that everyone would stop experiencing car call interruptions…
The next one will be in transport, according to the space engineer, so that it will finally “catch everywhere”. From annoying frustrations shared by all, he developed his idea and his ambitions with the speed of lightning so that everyone would stop experiencing dropped calls in the car, a fickle connection that makes GPS useless in the open country, losing time on the train when very often the broadband no longer follows.
300 people within three years
Its tools: a constellation of low-orbit satellites criss-crossing the planet, miniature vehicular boxes and software that connects them. A solution that can be adapted anywhere in the world, for buses, trucks, emergency vehicles, boats, etc., with maximum data security.
Established in May 2021, SAS Stellar Telecommunications convinced the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region to invest 1 million euros in their project when it was less than a year old. The company is also hoping for a boost from the EU. From 20 employees today, the team plans to grow to 70 people within eighteen months, 300 within three years.
“With 1.2 billion cars on Earth, this is the mass market! »
“Faced with technological, commercial and human challenges, that’s the pace it takes to be there. In the USA, Tesla and Starlink are launched. Elon Musk is already investigating school buses. In China, the manufacturer Geely (Volvo, Lotus, etc.) has launched its own constellation.
A mass market
The possibilities are enormous. “With 5 million new cars every year and 1.2 billion cars on Earth, it is the mass market! Unlike the American and Chinese competitors, Stellar does not work for any specific manufacturer, but has already started several as well as other modes of transport in the development of his project, to combine talents, pool needs and work only in BtoB.
It is also a way to learn from previous engineering constellations (for Skybridge in the late 1990s and One Web): instead of first designing the constellations and then imagining the outlets, he turns the steam around and looks far.
40% of motorways in France (the same in Germany) do not have sufficient service quality. The phone may show 4G, the call has a good chance of being dropped. However, the needs extend far beyond the conversations of individuals. One of the challenges is the autonomous vehicle. “One of the conditions for the just-approved rollout of the autonomous driving system on Mercedes in Germany is the speed: 60 km/h,” explains Damien Garot. Because it’s the sensors! »
Prerequisite for autonomous vehicles
If the connection is faster and more secure, the development potential takes on a different dimension. The entrepreneur is already imagining the world where private vehicles will no longer exist. “A car is only used 5% of its time. What’s the point of keeping some when you can call a self-driving shuttle? »
“Getting into the concrete right away is fundamental to deep tech”
Until then, Damien Garot and his team are working on tractors, “at a time when food safety is finally entering the debate”. From the next Sima (international exhibition of agricultural innovations), they plan to seek professionals and convince them of the significant time savings at stake if their machines were autonomous with remote control of images.
In the even shorter term, from next year, the next stage of development will be to demonstrate their ability to achieve full connectivity. “Getting into the concrete right away is fundamental to deep tech”, assures the CEO of Stellar.