NewSpace Start-up's

Woensdag 01 april 2015 // 08:00 uur

New industrial actors are trying to enter the space market. Established space companies are attempting to unlock new or penetrate other markets in the non-space sector. Constant or decreasing public budgets are challenging space agencies more than ever.

Space commercialization and the opening of the space market to a broader audience is gaining a growing awareness these days. Backed up by high initial investments, US companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic becoming popular and challenging the existing space industry. Nonetheless, the barriers are still high to get into the commercial space environment for a start-up company.

This Woensdagmorgen session is presenting Hybrid Business Models and Space Technology Transfer from space to non-space markets and vice versa as a European way of sustainable space commercialization.


Stefan Schmidt & Philipp Maier - Commercial Space Project Group

Frank Salzgeber - Head of ESA TTPO

Johan Leijtens - Owner and Founder Lens RD


Entrance from: 08:00
Start: 08:30 End: 11:00
Where: European Space Innovation Centre

Attending the event is free but registration is obliged

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Philipp Maier - SGAC Commercial Space Project Group

Philipp has been Co-Lead and Co-Founder of the Commercial Space Project Group at the Space Generation Advisory Council since its foundation two years ago. His area of interest in this role has been research on industry structure and competitiveness.
Besides this voluntary role, Philipp works as an aerospace engineering in ESA's Space Situational Awareness Programme


Stefan Schmidt - SGAC Commercial Space Project Group

Stefan has joined the Commercial Space Project Group (CSPG) at the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) last year and is conducting the CSPG research study for spin-off and spin-in business models with respect to space commercialization. He has gained first-hand experience in spin-off and spin-in technology transfer working recently for an European Space Agency (ESA) Business Incubation Alumni and prior for Airbus Defence and Space. Besides that he has also founded a business model course for Small Business Investment Companies to support current ESA Business Incubation Center incubatees.


Frank Salzgeber - Head of Technology Transfer Programme Office

Prior this post he was the Head of Commercial Development in European Astronaut Department of the Directorate of Human Spaceflight Microgravity and Exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA).
Prior to joining ESA, Frank held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO and CFO) at an IT start-up headquartered in Munich, Germany, between 2000 and 2003, which he merged with CANCOM SA.

Frank also spent seven years at Apple Computer (1993 - 2000) initially as an account manager and then as a sales manager covering Central Europe. He has worked in the US and the Czech Republic.


Johan Leijtens - Systems Engineer, owner of Lens research and development

All round systems engineer with a broad background.
Enjoying miniaturisation and improving reliability
Developer of high reliability cost effective sunsensors for both space (BiSon-64) and terrestrial (BiSon-6) applications (concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) or concentrated thermal energy production)

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