From space to industry

The G-WaLe ‘floaters’ operate based on satellite-based navigation information. Initially the system uses GPS navigation data. Eventually the more accurate Galileo navigation system will be used.

ESA Business Incubation

ESA’s Business Incubation Centre at the European Satellite Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt is providing etamax space with funding, help in developing the product and bringing it to market.

Potential customers for the G-WaLe are, for instance, water boards, governmental institutions, public authorities responsible for water resources and flood management, industry located at river zones with a need for protection of their installations and insurance companies interested in accurate damage forecasts in flooded areas.

The G-WaLe system has successfully demonstrated the proof of concept through laboratory and real-time testing of the floaters in lakes and rivers. Market entry of the product is expected in 2009.

Incubation period and location

etamax space’s incubation team is being hosted at the Centre for Satellite Navigation Hessen (cesah), from May 2007 to May 2009.

Etamax team: Michael Rakowski (hardware developer), Pablo Beltrami (project manager), Alex Luginin (software developer).


Holger Sdunnus is CEO of Etamax and was the European Satellite Navigation Competition finalist for Germany’s region of Hesse in 2006.