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!

 




Upcoming Events in 2017

Dear NewSpace Visionaries,

our second period from October 2016 to February 2017 was a huge success with more than 250 active attendees. We want to thank everybody for taking part in NewSpaceVision and all the inspirational conversations. In the third period starting in April 2017 we´ll continue with awesome presentations, lab visits and hacking events. Until now we can officially announce the following companies and events.

  • 0n 1st of April we gonna visit the Part Time Scientists to see the Audi lunar quattro.
  • Airbus is going to tell us more about their NewSpace activities
  • The awesome company hybrid airplane is presenting their new flying concept H-aero which we may see flying on Mars and will definitely see here on Earth.
  • With our Earth Observation Hacking session we both (Sven and Daniel) will show you what our company Weisser Sand Erdbeobachtung is doing and how you can analyze satellite data and build your own company. Laptops gonna heat up at this session.
  • High temperature superconducters may change the world and the space industry. We´ll hear a presentation with the current status of this technology.

We are in talks with more companies and organizing the dates. If you want to get informed automatically when the events are going to happen you should sign up for our newsletter follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook.

You will read some articles from Tom Segert, the co-founder of Berlin Space Technologies. And we are proud to have a lot high level podcast guests who will tell us more about NewSpace and Entrepreneurship.

Last but not least we want to recommend a few events and awards we are also visiting and that are awesome. If you are thinking about starting your own space company there you can apply with your ideas or find a lot of important people of the space industry to connect with.

See you soon NewSpace Visionaries,

Sven and Daniel