ScanEx, a Russian Earth-monitoring company, recently agreed to base its research and development department at the Skolkovo Foundation’s Innovation Center.
As part of the agreement, ScanEx will rent an office space of more than 10,763 square feet in the Skolkovo Technopark, with 60 employees based at the $3 million R&D center.
Since 1989, ScanEx has provided a wide range of services from space, including thematic processing and acquisition of Earth-observation pictures. It has remote sensing centers in the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Iran, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Nigeria and the U.S
The company specializes in constructing, maintaining and upgrading the networks of receiving ground stations. ScanEx has worked with governmental agencies in Russia, including the Ministry of Natural Resources, Emergencies Ministry, and regional space monitoring centers that support scientific and educational institutions.
The agreement will be mutually beneficial. ScanEx can join the Skolkovo ecosystem, which now has more than 1,000 residents and many leaders in space-related fields; and Skolkovo can gain from ScanEx’s additional economic support as well as space-related expertise.
“We’ve been cooperating with the Skolkovo Foundation for a long time and we know that lots of young teams are developing their products on the basis of space-based imagining,” Valery Barinberg, general director of ScanEx, said. “The possibility of regular contact with such teams is incredibly valuable for us, not least because of the strong synergy between our big data processing platforms and the services that these developers offer.”