I am consulting and handling the communication of Soitec, designer and manufacturer of semiconductor substrates, on which chips are graved. The French firm continues its media outreach to tell its incredible success and growth story. The interview that Paul Boudre, CEO of Soitec gave in July to the French business channel BFM was part of that ongoing program. Soitec tables on tripling its revenue and doubling its production in the next five years. Its products are in all smartphones of the world and empower the energy efficiency, performance and sustainability of 5G, automotive, cloud edge and artificial intelligence systems. No 5G without Soitec, no car or microelectronics without semiconductors, no innovation with cutting-edge technologies in the development of substrates. Read more here: www.soitec.com
The Luxembourgish magazine Télécran interviewed me in my role as Chair of the Asteroid Foundation to explain and portray the idea and mission of the Asteroid Day: to raise the global awareness of the chances and risks of asteroids for humankind and educate global communities about the importance of space for our survival and a brighter future. This year's Asteroid Day (always on the 30 June in the UN calendar) connected hundreds of events around the world, more than 40 experts recorded over just one month, five hours of content, all fully produced from Luxembourg. Asteroid Day LIVE featured a broad range of asteroid researchers: from citizen scientists to top-tier managers at NASA, ESA, LSA and JAXA. Invaluable original content was provided by our partners at the Association of Space Explorers, The Planetary Society, University of Luxembourg SnT, JAXA and ESA. Read more here: https://asteroidday.org/news-updates/asteroid-day-2021-thats-a-wrap/
When NASA's Perseverance rover was able to extract oxygen from the Red Planet’s thin, carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere, the U.S. space agency and its partners made another historical breakthrough in April 2021. Experts agreed that this could pave the way "for science fiction to become science fact", help power rockets that could lift astronauts off the planet’s surface and provide breathable air, one day, for astronauts on Mars. NASA had just performed the first flight of a mini-helicopter called Ingenuity on the Red Planet. SpaceWatch.Global - where I am Editor-in-Chief and co-owner - reports every day on exciting achievements in space technology, the new space economy and the international space ecosystem. Follow the news and become a SpaceWatcher on: www.spacewatch.global.
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai end of February 2021 was one of the first industrial shows that took place in the real world again and gave Soitec the opportunity to showcase its products and explain the crucial role that the manufacturer of semiconductor materials plays in the telecommunications sector worldwide. There is practically no smartphone today that does not rely on the technology and the semiconductor substrates that Soitec develops and successfully innovates. The Chinese market is key for the semiconductor industry. Soitec engaged for the first time with a proper booth and a message to customers and the ecosystem: There is no 5G without Soitec. See more on MWC: www.mwcshanghai.com
Soitec designs and manufacturers semiconductor materials. These substrates are the base for the chips that power all our electronic devices, connectivity, cloud and edge computing systems. 5G, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence; smartphones, earbuds, drones, and cars; e-health, e-education, and autonomous driving: the digital revolution that changes the face of our world is based on these innovative substrates, constantly boosting the performance and energy efficiency of our chips and microelectronics. Soitec has a success story to tell, recognized by customers, investors and media throughout the world. The French magazine Challenges, for example, told it. Read more about the Soitec story at: www.soitec.com.
Rocket Lab belongs to the top private launcher companies globally. With 14 launches and 55 deployed satellites, the company is one of the most vibrant actors in the space launcher market. SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer got the chance to talk to Peter Beck, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, to discuss Rocket Lab’s ambitions to go to Venus, its strategy, vertical integration and fundamental questions of humanity. Read the interview: https://spacewatch.global/2020/10/spacewatchgl-interviews-peter-beck-of-rocket-lab-i-dont-have-50-or-60-years-to-wait/
When ESA’s Director General Jan Woerner started his last 12 months at the helm of the European Space Agency (ESA) end of June 2020, he wrote a blog that witnessed a certain impatience and urgency about the future and direction of the organization. SpaceWatch.Global launched a discussion on its platform about the future of the agency, its challenges, changes, and objectives: "Next gen ESA: what's the vision?"
In September 2020, Markus Payer joined as new Editor-in-Chief of SpaceWatch.Global, a leading platform for the international space community, a forum for information and interaction, for cutting-edge content production and efficient marketing outreach. Here is the Editorial Markus wrote to the "SpaceWatchers" when he started in his new role: https://spacewatch.global/2020/08/markus-payer-joins-spacewatch-global-as-editor-in-chief/
Overwhelming success for the SpaceConnectsUs platform and our virtual townhall meetings that Asteroid Day and European Space Agency (ESA) launched last week. It took us less than one week from the idea to the realization of several online sessions with hundreds and hundreds of thousands of visitors - a record time and a stunning success. The good advice and encouragement from astronauts in the challenging times of Coronavirus isolation was all over the media, for example in Germany (like in tabloid BILD, see photo above). If you want to watch the sessions again, connect here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BE0N5bnM4g
More info on www.spaceconnects.us
Who else would know better how to live in confinement and isolation than astronauts? This was the basic idea behind #spaceconnectsus, a virtual platform and global town hall meeting with astronauts, scientists and celebrities to talk to us about life in the Covid-19 crisis. Millions of people connected on 26 March 2020 to the platform we launched together with the European Space Agency (ESA). An overwhelming success. More: www.spaceconnects.us
Asteroid Day is an official United Nations day of education and awareness that aims to inspire the world about asteroids - their role in the formation of our universe, how we can use their resources in the future, how asteroids can pave the way for future exploration and how we can protect our planet from asteroid impacts. Since February 2020, I am Chairman of the Board of the Asteroid Foundation. More: https://asteroidday.org.
The C-Band Alliance was formed to support the speedy introduction of 5G in the U.S. As Director of Communications of the CBA based in Washington DC, I supported its strategic positioning, communications and the development of its narrative, messaging and digital footprint. Find out more in this video produced by the CBA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOoL2eUCV4k
Six years ago, Luxembourg successfully initiated its Nation Branding project, defining and developing the Grand Duchy's image, reputation and brand as a smart nation and a laboratory for 21st century solutions in the world. I am supporting the project team in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. Find out more: https://luxembourg.public.lu/en.html
From end of 2016 to May 2019, I was member of the project and management team responsible for the concept, planning and construction of the country's pavilion at EXPO 2020 in Dubai and continue to support that team. Find out more about Luxembourg at EXPO 2020: http://www.luxembourgexpo2020dubai.lu
Carbon footprint and environmental impact analyses, good citizenship and societal contributions, the improvement of gender diversity and corporate governance compliance are key to a company's profile and personality. We elaborated a detailed ESG report at SES, take a look here: https://www.ses.com/sites/default/files/2019-06/SES_ESG_Report_A4_270619b.pdf
One of the most important launch campaigns we conducted over the many years at SES was the launch of Luxembourg's GovSat-1 satellite from Cape Canaveral in January 2018 in the presence of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and HRH Guillaume, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Find out more about GovSat: https://govsat.lu
In 2016, SES partnered with SOLARKIOSK to connect the school of the Zataari refugee camp in Jordan. The project delivered electricity, educational tools, and broadband connectivity to the education center run by UNICEF and Relief International.
In 2014, SES joined the Clinton Global Initiative with SATMED, a global satellite-based eHealth communications platform. SATMED offers NGO's, hospitals, universities and healthcare providers open-access e-health services and supports e-care, e-learning, e-surveillance, e-health management and e-health financing.
For many years, we worked on supporting Friendship, an admirable NGO founded in Bangladesh by the charismatic Runa Khan who transformed Greenpeace's "Rainbow Warrior" into a swimming hospital and transforms the lives of the most vulnerable people in remote communities in Bangladesh.
Brilliant engineers came up with the idea, SES and Luxembourg developed and deployed it globally: the aid kit emergency.lu, built around an easily transportable, inflatable and quickly installable communication unit. Connecting doctors and human aid organisations over night wherever it is urgently needed. Find out more about emergency.lu: https://www.emergency.lu
We were first, at SES ASTRA in 2011, to put a media partner mission logo on the fairing of an Ariane rocket. ASTRA 1N was launched from Kourou in French Guiana with the logo and signature of Europe's largest newspaper, BILD. More: https://m.bild.de/news/ausland/weltall/start-ariane-18607522.bildMobile.html