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AXA XL partners with SpaceAble to support satellite operators

21st April 2021 - Author: Matt Sheehan

AXA XL has formed a new partnership with SpaceAble, a start-up specialising in Space Situational Awareness (SSA), to better support satellite operators and organisations operating in space.

SatelliteBased in France, SpaceAble’s aim is to enhance operational safety in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) through the collection and management of space-related data and modelling.

Via this partnership, AXA XL will have access to SpaceAble’s solutions, including ISSAN, a LEO data collection and secured web-based platform.

These solutions, combined with AXA XL’s underwriting and risk management expertise, are expected to enable AXA XL to further enhance its insurance solutions for satellite operators.

“According to industry reports, commercial launch costs to LEO have been reduced by a factor of 20 over the last 20 years,” said Chris Kunstadter, Global Head of Space at AXA XL.

“This, combined with significant investment and development in smaller satellites, means that the LEO economy will continue to grow considerably over the next decade, making it a strategic area of focus for satellite operators and space insurers.”

Denis Bousquet, Global Chief Technical Officer, Space Insurance at AXA XL, also commented: “In space, just as on earth, sophisticated risk management begins with quality data. Partnering with a cutting-edge company such as SpaceAble, that shares our vision and has deep expertise, is a key milestone for our space insurance business.”

“We are proud to have partnered with AXA XL, a leading global provider of space insurance,” added Julien Cantegreil, Chief Executive Officer of SpaceAble.

“This collaboration will allow us to refine our offering and to co-develop new solutions for insurers and satellite operators. Together, we will play a key role in increasing operational safety in LEO and, more broadly, in shaping the future of space environment.”

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