ICT Inspired Ideas Wanted for INNOspace Masters Competition

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector is continuously experiencing tremendous growth throughout Europe. According to the European Commission, 50% of the European productivity growth is based on ICT investments and 25% of the entire business expenditure in Research and Development (R&D) result from ICT1. Both, the ICT and the space sector have common objectives and can profit from synergies. You might ask how? The answer is quite simple: Technology transfer.

Space Powers ICT and Vice Versa

Within the European space ecosystem, the New Space Economy is the driver for contemporary technologies, such as ICT. This technology driver is used to tackle global challenges. For space, ICT and its countless applications and devices represent a sparring partner to improve Europe’s competitiveness and the sustainability of our society.

Spin-in as well as spin-off ideas – meaning technology transfer from a non-space sector into space and vice versa – profit from the best of both worlds and thus have great potential for outstanding business advantages. The INNOspace Masters competition is the perfect platform to receive research grants and win prizes, build awareness and boost business ideas related to space. According to the motto “Space Moves!”, the competition is looking for new ideas and solutions for the next space generation.

An excellent example is the Overall Winner and DLR Space Administration Challenge Winner of the INNOspace Masters 2016 edition: Skith – Skip the harness which has successfully received funding from the Space Administration of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

SKITH – The Wireless Satellite

Data cables constitute a large part of a satellite’s total weight and thus significantly affect the costs of a rocket launch. Moreover, they require higher installation effort and are prone to failure. Skith aims to integrate miniaturised highspeed and real-time radio modules in satellites. This enables transmission of data without cables connecting the components.

Major Advantages

The development of wireless satellites incorporates major advantages: Reducing the integration and launch costs as well as enhancing and simplifying reliability, flexibility and control. This results in a considerable potential for transfer projects into the automotive and aviation industry.

Prof. Dr Sergio Montenegro (University of Würzburg) from Skith underlines the value of the ideas competition for its pioneering solution: “In addition to many requests we have received from the press, we could already make many new scientific contacts in our field of research. The INNOspace Masters offers the opportunity to present your idea to a panel of experts and to let it be tested in terms of innovation and feasibility.”

Do you want to win a prize for your own space business idea? Do you like the idea of being successful just like Skith? Become part of this progressive community and discover space technology for business innovation and vice versa!

Make it happen and SUBMIT YOUR IDEA for the INNOspace Masters by 16 February 2018 and boost innovative business concepts benefitting Earth and space.

About 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 and branding company for the European space programmes, has been implementing the competition since 2015 on behalf of DLR. Partners of the competition are Airbus, OHB and the ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) Bavaria and Darmstadt.

1 Source: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/area/ict-research-Innovation