Irish tech firms boldly going into space sector

Irish tech firms boldly going into space sector
Rory Fitzpatrick, chief executive of the National Space Centre: ‘I grew up through the Cold War, Star Trek and Star Wars. I’ve always been into space’ Picture: Cathal Noonan

The boom in the industry is providing rich opportunities for innovative companies – and they can also commercialise their technologies in terrestrial markets

When Rory Fitzpatrick attended a dinner in Brussels six years ago, one guest in particular stood out. There with MEP Sean Kelly, Jill Tarter of the Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute and investors from Singapore and China was Buzz Aldrin, the second person to set foot on the moon.

Fitzpatrick, who had grown up obsessed with space, found himself talking to one of his idols. And it came about essentially because the broadband business...

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