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Picosats, a UNITS spin-off, wins European Technology Award in Paris

13 December, 2021

Picosats, a company founded in 2014 as a spin-off of the University of Trieste, was awarded the prestigious European Technology Award 2021 in the “Space Technology Solutions” sector. 

On the evening of 2nd December and in the setting of the Ritz Hotel in Paris, Anna Gregorio, Professor of Space Astrophysics at UniTs and CEO of Picosats, received the award held by the Professional and Business Excellence Institute, promoters of the European Awards, with the aim of propagating the success and reputation of entrepreneurs and scientists, but also artists and athletes internationally. 

Picosats, derived from a previous didactic and research activity aimed at the construction of the first small satellite in Trieste, is developing a new generation of telecommunications systems to be applied to small satellites. 

The company aims at making the Space and communications more accessible, cost-effective, and sustainable, making it easier to obtain information even on a low budget and in a sustainable way. 

The European Space Agency, currently the main customer of the company based in AREA Science Park, financed the Radiosat project for the creation of a miniaturized Ka-band radio. The product, owned by Picosats and now in its industrialization phase, will be presented on the market shortly. 

«This award - said Anna Gregorio - represents the confirmation of Picosats’ values: the curiosity to understand the world around us through science and technology, the passion we all put into our work and daily life, the desire to create something innovative and functional to the community. 

Thank you all - concludes the Physics Professor - especially the Picosats team, the University of Trieste and AREA Science Park for having supported us so far ". 

In addition to "Space Technology Solutions", in which the UniTS spin-off triumphed in the "Technology" area, the European Awards 2021 also awarded prizes in the following sectors: Digital Training, Hosting, Contact Center, Smart Card, BPO , Financial Technology, Shared Mobility Systems, Business Intelligence, Machinery Solutions, Virtual Reality, Smart Data, Digital Consulting, Technological Solution, R&D, Digital Disruption, Health Technologies, Web Design, Digital Transformation, Robotics, Technological Innovation, APP Development, Software Development and Technological Milestone.