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.).
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