ribs™ is an independent Dutch company servicing for 25 years the space industry and the insurance community. It takes professional pride in offering the best information available on the world’s space systems. ribs™ is registered at the Chamber of Commerce of Breda, Netherlands, under number 20070586.
About half of the world's space product expenditure comes from direct government investments through space agencies and organisations. The other part comes from private investment. In this market, companies are forced to make business decisions often without a clear understanding of the priorities, intentions and reliability of other involved parties. To identify accurately tomorrow’s space-related opportunities, today’s corporate planners face a great challenge. Adequate intelligence on the political, technological and commercial aspects of the space industry is essential for both strategic and tactical decision making. In this market, success depends on spotting early trends, keeping the initiative and controlling the agenda. Effective and competitive use of exclusive space systems intelligence can be decisive in the pursuit of success.
ribs™ extracts and maintains information from both public and private sources, analyses all the available data and is in a position to generate tailored intelligence products for our clients such as: Analysis of launch services; Analysis of satellite services; Risk Analysis; Capacity Determination & Validation; Study & Report Validations; Corporate Profiles, and Provision of statistical data.
ribs™ is run by Henk H.F. Smid
Henk Smid is a qualified insurance intermediary and ergonomics analyst with experience of radar engineering, avionics and missile design. He an advisor to several national and international working groups on space-related subjects for which he has prepared a range of space analysis and projections. He has contributed to space studies published by the European Commission. Henk Smid lectures on space systems and technologies.