INNOspace Masters – Space Moves!
New ideas for the next space Generation


Spin-in & spin-off technology transfers driving innovation in the New Space Economy
The space industry is currently in upheaval due to the arrival of many innovative ideas from various sectors. Under the catchphrase “new space”, the number of private actors involved in the production of payloads and the operation of satellites and carrier systems has multiplied in a very short period of time.

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New technologies and processes from industries, such as the transport and mobility sector, offer unexpected prospects for the space industry. Companies are not only provided with the opportunity to better position themselves, but also to open up entirely new markets through additional user services and to revolutionise the entire value chain.

Prizes for SpaceMoves! innovations
The INNOspace Masters competition for the promotion of innovative ideas for the next space generation is aimed at SMEs, Major enterprises, start-ups, universities, non-university research institutions, consortia and individuals. The projects submitted should transfer expertise and technologies from other sectors to the space sector (spin-ins) or open up new terrestrial opportunities for space technologies, services or data (spin-offs).

From 8 November 2018 until 8 February 2019, participants of the INNOspace Masters can submit  ideas for the next space generation under the theme “Space Moves!”. The focus will be on cross-industry technology transfer in the form of both spin-offs and spin-ins, new business models, and other innovative concepts with a connection to the aerospace industry. Ideas can be submitted from virtually any area, including mobility, propulsion technology, materials, components, communication, networking, sensors, or miniaturisation.



Selection and announcement of winners

Following the submission phase, all complete entries will now undergo anonymous evaluation by a jury of experts from the competition’s partners. The winners of the individual categories and the overall winner will be announced at a festive awards ceremony on 3 July 2019 as part of the INNOspace Masters “Space Moves!” conference (Humboldt Carré, Berlin, Germany).

Along with extensive marketing and communication activities and a global network of contacts, the winners will receive technological and business-related support services from first-rate partners capable of providing the best possible assistance as they turn their concepts into reality.

The INNOspace Masters ideas competition

The INNOspace Masters competition is being organised by the Space Administration of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as an embedded component of the INNOspace® initiative. AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, an international networking company for space-related innovation competitions, has been implementing the competition since 2015 on behalf of DLR. Partners of the competition are Airbus, OHB and the German ESA Business Incubation Centres.