NewSpaceVision #9 – Sonaca Space [Active Space Technologies GmbH]

When: 20.06.2017, 18:30 
Where: Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at TU Berlin, Marchstraße 12-14, 10587 Berlin 

Dear NewSpaceVisionaries,

On the 20th of June we will welcome David Ward from Sonaca Space!

Sonaca Space (previously Active Space Technologies GmbH) is a Berlin based space company with competences in thermal and mechanical engineering, AIT (Assembly, Integration and Tests) and qualification of space systems. Prior to working for this very company David Ward worked for space giants like Lockheed Martin and the Orbital Science Corporation. With his work experiences in various positions within the space sector he will talk about Program Management, AI&T, Mission Assurance, Launch Operations, and Procurement and Supply Chain along with some stories of what he has encountered over the years. He will also talk about the main differences between big companies and SME in the space industry.

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See you at the event!

Regards,

Sven & Daniel




The NewSpace Sector in Germany / Status of the German New Space Economy

An article by Sven Przywarra

The global space sector is going through profound changes. Ventures with innovative concepts are entering the market, backed by venture capital and often with a focus on the generation of data or vertical integration. A popular term for this development is NewSpace which was accelerated among other things by progress in miniaturisation, standardisation and activities from well-known billionaires and NASA.

What is the status of the German NewSpace Sector?

Where are companies which follow such an approach? The short answer is: The German NewSpace Sector is small and still in its infancy. You can count the few companies which are “NewSpace PurePlayers” on the fingers of one hand with “Components & Hardware” and “Earth Observation” as the two biggest groups. Within the first category protagonists are still following mostly relatively conservative business models but are more and more offering their products and services “off-the shelf” and to a fixed price, Berlin Space Technologies is a notable exception and an interesting example. OHB and Airbus are still trying to figure out how to incorporate the start-up idea into their companies. Within “Earth Observation” most of the companies analyse public satellite image libraries. Interestingly one of the most important acquisitions of the US American company Planet was a German-based company founded as RapidEye which now is the German branch of the NewSpace giant. (Thus, we see them as a part of the German NewSpace Ecosystem.)

Other smaller groups within the sector are “Navigation & Communication” which faces big international competition (e.g. OneWeb) and “Science & Ex-Orbit” with PTScientists as an endeavour backed by sponsors.

NewSpace Germany / New Space Germany

What is the reason for this situation?

Germany, with its excellent network of Universities and research institutes, has a perfect base for successful high-tech companies in this field but a lack in culture of starting up and difficulties in finding funding for such ambitious and risky business hinder the development of a strong sector.

There are signs and efforts for a change of the status quo. Numerous VC firms expressed their interest in investing in NewSpace companies, some of them made deals abroad. OHB as well as Airbus founded their own venture arms but notably investments in German Space StartUps are not known to us. It seems like the institutional site also wants to stimulate movements in this sector: StartUp Nights at the Federal Ministry for Economic Effairs and Energy and competitions for early stage projects on a national (InnoSpaceMasters) and European level (Copernicus Masters / Gallileo Masters) show small successes.

From our understanding at NewSpaceVision the lack in culture must be tackled at an even earlier stage: People must be educated about the grown opportunities and applications of space technology in the upstream (hardware) and downstream (software) market and individuals from different industries and backgrounds need to be connected and brought together over this topic to catalyse a free discussion and finally develop new use cases and businesses. With our events and the conference, we are trying to pursue that goal.

Actions need to be taken now to avoid the space market (after the internet) to be dominated by American companies only. For the benefit of a well flourishing market the last frontier should also be tackled by more NewSpaceVisionaries from Europe and Germany.

Disclaimer:

[This article was prepared and written by me in my personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are my own. I would be happy to receive your feedback! Feel free to contact me via direct message or via e-mail.]




Summary of INNOSpace and NewSpaceVision #8: CloudEO and Levity Space

NSV´s first Earth Observation downstream event

Dear NewSpaceVisionaries,

on May 17th we had the 8th NSV event with the Earth Observation company CloudEO. It was our first software driven „downstream“ company and we got a lot of insights from the CEO Mr. Manfred Krischke. He explained the big disruptive potential of the Earth Observation sector. We also had a special guest and winner from the INNOSpace masters for a short pitch. We want to give you our short summary of CloudEO, Levity Space and INNOSpace.

As Sven and I already started an Earth Observation project with QGIS we are very happy to see how the CloudEO service may help to build a scalable application. With the CloudEO service it is getting easier to launch the market with your own Earth Observation application. You can choose between a lot of implemented services and use them to build new value added applications. We think it may be possible that within the next years two guys in a dorm room can change an entire industry by using Earth Observation services. With our own experience in using Satellite image analysis software like QGIS for Sentinel data we recognized the high entry barriers on our own. If you want to build a groundbreaking Earth Observation app just go to their page and check the possibilities with CloudEO.

Our statement: CloudEO – Go for it! Your service is awesome! Good job and we hope you grow the awareness for downstream Earth Observation applications.

Directly from the INNOSpace masters the second winner of the ESA BIC challenge visited us. Levity Space is a very young company from Aachen and builds a modular platform for cubesat and smallsat launches integrated into the Vega launcher structure. At the INNOSpace event they gave a very good 5 minutes presentation. At NSV they had more than 20 minutes and gave the audience a few tips for participation in competitions like INNOSpaceCopernicus, Galileo or the new Space Exploration Masters. Check out Levitys page to get more information.

Our Statement: Levity Space is INNOSpace winner of the hearts!

INNOSpace Masters:

The INNOSpace Masters had a lot of interesting talks and is a good networking opportunity. After a few more political talks we got more advanced content. I just visited the SpaceX facilities in Los Angeles and told about hundreds of people that Europe needs reusable launch vehicles. So for my personal view the Ariane 6 presentation was definitely a highlight of the INNOSpace. There is a lot of progress in miniaturisation of rocket engines or reusing rocket parts going on in Europe as you can see on the pictures. Thanks to the innovation driver SpaceX!

After presentations and panel talks the winner of the awards gave pitches and got prizes. There was a very big suprise. The jury made good choices for most of the prizes like last year (full list of winners). But there was one winner which we think shouldn´t have won the ESA BIC challenge. This was the winner „Bake in space“! Sorry, but the European old and Newspace industry has more optimization potential than an astronaut eating fresh baked bread. Giving „bread“ (which is by the way a holding of a communication and marketing company) the first price and not a company with young engineers like Levity Space who want to build launch opportunities for smallsats is not the right message. I just saw the original gemini capsule which is really small and where two astronauts spent three days in space. They had to suitup and open the roof to stand up flying with more than 7.81 km/s in orbit. Of course you need more comfort when you spent a year in a spacecraft. But if you want to go to Mars you have other problems than getting a fresh french baguette.

Our Statement: INNOSpace is a great opportunity to connect with people and to validate your space idea. Apply for the INNOSpace with your Upstream Idea or for Copernicus Masters if you love Earth Observation. But let´s not talk about bread!

There was one statement from Astrosat which sums up what we love about space. So we use this as our closing sentence:

„Give us a problem, and we´ll solve it with space.“ – Steve Lee, CEO of Astrosat.

Stay tuned!

 




NewSpaceVision #8: CloudEO (Event following the INNOspace Masters)

When: 17.05.2017, 19:00 – 22:00
Where: Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at TU Berlin, Marchstraße 12-14, 10587 Berlin 

Dear NewSpaceVisionaries,

On the 17th of May we will be able to welcome the CEO of CloudEO Dr. Manfred Krischke!

CloudEO is one of the most interesting companies on the german earth observation market. Their unique software  and market place helps companies to understand and analyse earth observation data more easily. They provide a worldwide and vendor-independent GeoMarketplace, simplifying the geobusiness for customers and partners. These services include solutions for many industries from agriculture to urban planning as well as multi-purpose remote sensing imagery, elevation data and thematic maps.

The Final of the INNOSpace Masters will take place in Berlin on the same day and we thought that would be the perfect occasion for our next NewSpaceVision event.

If you are a visitor of the INNOSpaceMasters Final: The INNOSpace Masters will end at 16.30 so there is plenty of time to come to the TU Berlin and close the day with an interesting talk about downstream applications of earth observation, a topic which is not really covered at the masters.

• If you want to support our MeetUp you are invited to do so by donating a free amount on this eventbrite page: Eventbrite.

• We wrote a small piece on the status of the german new space sectorhave a look and tell us what you think. Follow us on facebook and twitter and feel free to tell your friends and colleagues about NewSpaceVision.

See you at the event!

Regards,

Sven & Daniel