The global space community to provide for Ukraine’s urgent humanitarian needs

The global space community to provide for Ukraine’s urgent humanitarian needs

Press release from: Aerospace Industry of Ukraine (SIFU)
Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Herndon, Virginia, April 26, 2022 Leaders of the space community today announced the Space Industry of Ukraine (SIFU), an initiative designed to fund and implement efforts that provide immediate humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. The initiative will be managed by a steering committee comprising HawkEye 360, National Security Space Association (NSSA), ABL Space Systems, ARKA, BlackSky, Capella Space, ICEYE, Insight Partners, Leidos, LeoLabs, Maxar, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, Insurgency Defense, and Space Relative, Riverside Research, Missile Laboratory, Velos and Viasat. The steering committee will raise funds, select and monitor the implementation of important humanitarian projects throughout Ukraine and its neighboring countries. Other participating donors include Space Corporation, Cognitive Space and Shield Capital.

“While space companies play a vital role by collecting and analyzing data of a defense and intelligence nature, we believe there is additional human value that our space community can provide in support of the people and government of Ukraine,” said HawkEye 360 ​​CEO. John Serafini. “After visiting the Polish-Ukrainian border last month to assess the state of the crisis and identify ways our community can help, I am keen to work in close cooperation with our space industry counterparts and NGO partners to help deliver much-needed aid to the people of Ukraine.”

“The space for national security community is in a unique position to address the horrific atrocities that have occurred in Ukraine over the past several weeks,” said Steve Jack, Executive Director of the Space National Security Consortium. “With SIFU, we intend to push the boundaries of traditional strategic support and provide humanitarian assistance directed directly towards alleviating suffering and restoring human dignity to those affected by the events in Ukraine. NSSA is proud to partner with John Serafini and this distinguished group of companies as we lead this important initiative.”

Through the generous contributions of its members, SIFU has so far raised nearly $1 million. In coordination with the international community of NGOs and with representatives of the Polish and Ukrainian governments, high-value projects were organized to be implemented on short notice to create immediate and material value for the Ukrainian cause. Initial projects include:

Procurement, shipment and delivery of medical and food supplies to support populations throughout Ukraine and Poland.

Communication devices and operating costs to enable NGOs operating in the region to increase connectivity.

Build and operate mobile medical facilities to treat refugees across the region.

Support efforts to evacuate Ukrainian refugees.

All of the initiative’s humanitarian projects will be managed by global NGOs, with SIFU’s participation focused on partner acquisition, project selection, capital distribution, and evaluation of project effectiveness. SIFU is not intended to be a long-term initiative. Instead, the intent is for the initiative to have immediate impact over three months in support of Ukraine’s most urgent needs.

“In addition to our support for in-theatre photography for the Government of Ukraine, Capella Space is proud to support humanitarian efforts to provide meaningful support to those civilians affected by the ongoing aggression in Ukraine,” said Payam Banazadeh, CEO of Capella Space.

“We are honored to be involved in this initiative and hope that our collective efforts will help those in need,” said Brian E.

“Ukraine and the Ukrainian people remain in dire need of assistance. It is good to see the global space community come together, across borders, to support this important cause,” said Rafal Modrowski, CEO of ICEYE.

“The United Nations estimates that more than 11 million people have been displaced in the current conflict,” said Paul Angola, executive vice president of the National Security Space at Leidos. “These individuals need housing, medical treatment, access to education and other services. They have lost the infrastructure that will take a lifetime to replace. The sheer scale of this crisis motivates us to act and do our part to help the Ukrainian people.”

“LeoLabs is proud to partner with the NSSA and members of the space industry in this campaign to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine,” said Dan Siberley, CEO of LeoLabs.

“The unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine and the continuing reports of the countless painful tragedies suffered by the Ukrainian people are devastating. The defense community must unite to provide humanitarian support and relief to the Ukrainian people affected by this unjust war. Defending the insurgency is honored to be a part of SIFU, and we are committed to providing long-term support to Ukraine,” said Rebellion Defense CEO and Co-Founder Chris Lynch.

“We are proud to stand with SIFU and do our part to support the people of Ukraine. Expanding the possibilities of the humanitarian experience is part of our mission and we believe that protecting victims of humanitarian crises around the world is a fundamental and fundamental responsibility,” said Tim Ellis, Co-Founder and CEO of Relativity.

“As a non-profit national security organization, Riverside Research is proud to participate in this important initiative to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. Simply put, it is the right thing to do,” said Dr. Stephen Omek, President and CEO of Riverside Research.

“The space community is critical to enabling communications for people and governments around the world. As part of this, the critical capacity of space supports humanitarian and emergency response efforts to provide reliable communication to first responders and communities when they need it most,” said Craig Miller, President of Viasat. Government Systems. “Viasat is proud to join other space industry leaders in a collective commitment to support essential humanitarian efforts and NGOs in Ukraine and Poland. Our engagement with SIFU also builds on our work in the region providing free Viasat Community Internet (VCI) to thousands of refugees in eastern Slovakia. “.

“As the geospatial industry comes together in a concerted effort to monitor military and economic activities, analyze and explain the situation to decision makers and the general public, and to determine future intent regarding the conflict in Ukraine, it is good to see that our industry is addressing Also the humanitarian ramifications of the conflict.“We are proud to be part of this effort to help alleviate the refugee crisis in Europe.”

About SIFU (Space Industry of Ukraine)

SIFU is a collective humanitarian effort of the Shared Space Community to create immediate and material value for the Ukrainian cause. Each company in the space ecosystem pledges $50,000 one-time and contributes valuable capital to fund a number of high-value projects such as medical treatment, the delivery of food supplies, and support for transportation costs for evacuation efforts. These projects are managed by qualified and accredited NGOs, and are funded and monitored by a steering committee of leading aerospace companies. SIFU aims to make an immediate impact over a 3-month period in support of Ukraine’s current needs.

SOURCE Space Industry for Ukraine (SIFU)

Contact: Media contact: Alexandra Phelps, alexandra.phelps@pinkston.co, 703-966-0831

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