Two X2013 among the Forbes Europe's "30 under 30" 2022 list
David Henri and Paul Lascombes, both X2013 and two of the four co-founders of the NewSpace start-up Exotrail, are among the 300 under 30 on Forbes Europe's "30 under 30" lists for 2022 in the Industry category.
The Forbes ranking and its jury of leading entrepreneurs, investors, journalists and designers, highlights the 30 most inspiring people in ten fields of activity from technology to sports and the arts as well as finance, industry, environment or education.
Founded in 2017 and incubated in the Drahi-X Novation Center at Ecole Polytechnique, Exotrail is developing a propulsion system for nanosatellites. Its technology enables constellations of small satellites to move in space, thereby gaining access to new, previously inaccessible orbits and improving their performance.
Exotrail's mobility solutions cover the entire space value chain: flexible, high-thrust electric thrusters for small satellites (ExoMG), software tools for space simulation and operations (ExoOPS), as well as an electric transfer vehicle (SpaceVan).
In 2020, Eutelsat selected Exotrail's solutions to equip two of its ELO 3 and ELO 4 satellites (satellite transmission of television channels and radio stations).
Since its creation, Exotrail has raised more than 18 million euros from venture capital funds and institutional players.
Exotrail's main French competitor is ThrustMe, also launched in 2017 by Ane Aanesland, research director at CNRS, and Dmytro Rafalskyi, researcher at the Plasma Physics Laboratory (LLP X-CNRS).