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Spiral Blue receives Space Achievement Award at APRSAF-29 for space edge computing excellence

Updated: Jan 4

[22nd September 2023, Jakarta] – Spiral Blue is incredibly proud to share that Co-Founders James Buttenshaw, Dr Henry Zhong, and Taofiq Huq have received the prestigious Space Achievement Award at the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-29). The trio were recognised for leading the Spiral Blue team to bring about a new era of data processing with the development of AI hardware for space, the SE-1 Space Edge Computer, which has been operating flawlessly in LEO since April 2023. The success made possible by the Spiral Blue Co-Founders - who are all in their 30s - has also inspired young researchers and entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Spiral Blue has won the Space Achievement Award at APRSAF-29.

Instead of downlinking high volumes of raw data back to the Earth, SE-1 reduces the opportunity costs associated with bandwidth resources and further widens the scope for more diverse use of on-board applications. As the most powerful computer in space outside of a space station, SE-1 is the first of its kind to be successfully launched and operated by an Australian company. For hardware enquiries, please contact

Spiral Blue is continuing to bring the power of space to all through their YCIS (Your Code In Space) program. As the first of its kind in Australia, YCIS empowers anyone including developers, researchers, hobbyists, and students to test their code in orbit using SE-1, making space accessibility easier than ever before. To get started with YCIS, get in touch at

“We're extremely proud to be recognised in the local region for our AI hardware, and YCIS program. A big thank you to JAXA, and the APRSAF community for this award after five years of hard work. We look forward to continuing to push at the forefront of edge computing technology, and make space accessible to all” said James Buttenshaw, Spiral Blue Co-Founder and CTO.

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About Spiral Blue

Spiral Blue is a Sydney-based SME leading the next generation of onboard processing with artificial intelligence and Space Edge Computing. Spiral Blue technology has applications in agriculture, defence, city planning, utilities, and other industries. The success of the Space Edge One (SE-1) computer, operating flawlessly in orbit since April 2023, has made the organisation the first Australian company in history to develop and operate AI hardware in space. In addition to SE-1, Spiral Blue has previously launched three Space Edge Zero prototypes, with an additional six SE-1 computers scheduled for launch in 2024, bringing the total number of computers in orbit to ten.



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