RISE is a start-up established in 2017 by a team of researchers with complementary professional backgrounds and built around an experienced core of space-related projects. The company represents the effort of the founding members to spin their past experience, as a team in a Romanian space national research institute, toward the industrial and commercial applications of the same domain.

R&D projects represent one of the main two pillars of the company. An equally important role is in the services the entity provides to third parties in the form of consultancy, development of custom design elements and automation software. In the context of Romania becoming an ESA member state, the services RISE provides augment the capability of local entities to enter a common European space market.

RISE was founded to serve as a catalyst for growing research from basic and rough ideas to commercial products and services. Our team has experience in space project management both on national grants and on ESA contracts. With a perfect mix of background experience based on physics, aerospace engineering, electronics, and software development, the core team of RISE formed during the development of the first Romanian nanosatellite Goliat. Many of the ambitious technological targets of GOLIAT were not demonstrated in flight, but the project brought an immense set of knowledge covering all aspects of developing a spacecraft: from requirements definition to assembly integration and testing; from subsystems design to environmental verification, and from international space law to ground station operations and communications. This enabled the development of national and ESA research projects, including the preliminary concept of a harpoon for CubeSat landers and moving beyond nanosatellite subsystems.


We are dedicated to share our experience with companies bringing new products to market, and providing a template for developing for space. We support these spin into space activities with a focus on requirements, development of procedures, product assurance and qualification campaigns. We are proud of our team’s collaboration with ICPE for bringing their proven electric motor technology to the space market as products to be used by large systems integrators on their platforms.

Our long-term focus is on close proximity operations for large and small spacecraft and bringing to market the enabling technologies at affordable costs. We are working on products dedicated to augmenting in orbit knowledge on the spacecraft and the surrounding objects. These shall result in a more active role in space management by supporting the tracking of large space debris and their de-orbiting.

Collaborations & Internships

Of major importance is the development of human resources, in the form of public outreach and education. RISE collaborates with universities on more than R&D projects and is continuously providing students with support and hands-on training or internships focused on actual projects and products.

Drop us an email if you want to join the team or want to chat on a subject related to our activities. We are always fond of interesting discussions.