The bend-forming technology developed in Zack's lab has huge potential - combined with electrostatic actuation, we can overcome the limits of a payload fairing to construct large, light, low-energy RF reflectors on orbit. Flexible large-aperture active antenna technology is highly desirable for a number of strategic and commercial applications, but none so universal as atmospheric sounding for weather awareness and forecasting. We saw a commercial opportunity, one that will only increase in value as climate change brings stronger storms and more severe weather.
With the tech still under development in the Aerospace Materials & Structures Lab, Mithril Business Development is focused on customer engagement and understanding the needs of end users, both government & commercial. To truly deliver value in the form of reduced uncertainty in weather predictions, we are engaging with end users in insurance, agriculture, energy and others - users that have traditionally not interacted with the space industry and are largely agnostic as to where their data comes from. Mithril has now completed the MIT NSF i-Corps Spark program and is actively pursuing customers while applying to the follow-on Fusion program.
Mithril is now focused on building out our IP protection strategy and further developing our business model within the earth observation industry, in parallel with environmental tests for technical de-risking. Contact us with questions!