In-Orbit

In-Orbit failures, whether due to technical faults, human error or the constantly evolving space environment are a constant risk factor.

Our In-Orbit (IO) insurance provides protection in the event of a loss of performance of a satellite in orbit. The coverage responds in situations including the failure or degradation of on-board equipment, loss of fuel, damage caused by operational error or collisions with foreign objects etc. The policies reflect our technical knowledge of the various applications involved and the associated risks.

In-Orbit cover applies after the satellite has separated from its launch vehicle and ends at the end of nominal life. In instances where sufficient data is available, we can provide policies for spacecraft operated past their design lifetime.

Our IO cover is often packaged with Launch Vehicle Flight Only (LVFO) insurance into a Combined Flight (CF) programme.

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The Aesir Space Team

Morten Pahle

Managing Director

Aesir Space

Biography

Morten Pahle

Managing Director

Aesir Space

Morten has over 20 years of risk management experience in the space industry and over 15 years in the insurance market. His technical knowledge gives Aesir Space a unique perspective on the space insurance market.

During his underwriting career, he was Founder and Managing Director of ViVet Limited, an MGA focused on space, aviation and energy. He was also UK Branch Manager at Glacier Insurance (now Starstone Insurance) and a Space Underwriter at Assicurazioni Generali.

His risk management credentials stem from his work as Group Risk & Insurance Manager at EADS Astrium Satellites (now Airbus Defence and Space) starting his career as a Reliability engineer on LEO meteorological satellites.

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James Nicholas

Space Underwriter

Aesir Space

Biography

James Nicholas

Space Underwriter

Aesir Space

James has over 14 years of technical experience spanning all aspects of the small satellite sector. He has held numerous senior engineering roles across all functional aspects of the technology, giving him a unique insight into satellite capabilities right down to the individual component level.

Prior to joining Aesir Space, James worked at a leading commercial small satellite company. Most recently, he was Head of Avionics for the Project Engineering Division, managing outputs across various functional areas including on-board data handling, global navigation satellite systems, Attitude and Orbit control subsystem, and RF.

During his 14 years at the firm, James was also Head of Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Group Leader and On-Board Data Handling Team Leader. He joined the firm in 2004 as Senior Hardware/Software Development Engineer.

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