NewSpace

NewSpace refers to the emergence of the private spaceflight industry. New space ventures are increasingly created, such as private launch companies, small satellite constellations, or sub-orbital tourism, as well as more specific efforts to reinvent the traditional space industry supply chain.

SpaceTec is at the forefront of this exciting adventure providing strategy consulting services to key actors (German Ministry of Economy, Open University, SME in the defence sector, incubators, etc.), supporting the early exploitation of innovative industry concepts (ONERA, Airbus Defence & Space, Thalès, etc.), and fulfilling advisory and expert roles (ESA Venture Academy and Investment Forum, Startupbootcamp, etc.).

Case studies

New companies are pursuing new approaches and business models. Fifty years ago, space activities were of pioneering influence on the emerging IT industry. Today, information technology seems to specify the clock speed for the space sector. NewSpace brings about opportunities and risks for Germany and its space industry. Can this approach be adopted in Germany? What are the success factors for NewSpace? What are the underlying business and financing models? How does NewSpace relate to the age of Industry 4.0 and digitalisation? What policy options exist for industry and institutions?  These and many other questions were investigated in a study, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy.

The strategic objective of ALTAIR is to demonstrate the feasibility of a new cost effective and reliable micro launcher. This emerging class of launcher aims to answer the need of small satellite operators (from 50 to 150 kg) who require a dedicated access to Low-Earth Orbit (400-1000 km). The main innovation brought by ALTAIR consists in the use of a reusable automated aircraft to release an expendable launch vehicle at high altitude. The consortium behind that project consists of 7 partners led by the French aerospace laboratory ONERA. SpaceTec is responsible of the project’s communication and is involved in the exploitation activities of ALTAIR (market studies, technology roadmap, and business model). More information on our website: http://www.altair-h2020.eu

Mass is a key driver of the cost of space missions. One way to reduce the overall mass is to increase the energy density of batteries. Lithium-Sulfur batteries could become the next breakthrough technology for space batteries, with a factor of two on the specific energy compared to the current products. The ambition of ECLIPSE is to channel the research activities in Europe and, as a spinning-in effort, ensure that the harsh space constraints are taken into account for the further improvements of the Li-S technology. The consortium behind that project consists of 10 partners led by Airbus Defense & Space. SpaceTec is responsible of the project’s communication and is involved in the exploitation activities of ECLIPSE (market studies, technology roadmap, and business model). More information on: http://www.h2020-eclipse.eu

Independent access to space is a key element of the European Space Policy. The competition is increasing in this area both for full launching systems and for key subsystems. Cost-effectiveness has become a driving factor. The ambition of the HYPROGEO project, which is co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, is to develop a propulsion engine based on hybrid chemical propulsion. Hybrid combines the advantages of liquid and solid propulsion, while providing more thrust than electrical systems. The consortium behind that project consists of 12 partners led by Airbus Defense & Space. SpaceTec is responsible of the project’s communication and is involved in the exploitation activities of HYPROGEO (market studies, technology roadmap, and business model). More information on: https://www.hyprogeo.eu