„Space Moves!“ – Challenge by the DLR Space Administration

innospacemasters_icon-challengeThe Challenge

We are looking for future-oriented ideas and innovative concepts that address the current problems of the space industry or challenges of the different sectors through a mutual transfer of technology. Topics include:

  • Materials, Components and Production
  • Sensor Technology & Miniaturisation
  • Communication & Networks
  • Propulsion Technology, E-Mobility & Energy Storage
  • Simulation & Testing

innospacemasters_icon-chooseprizeThe Prize

Three concepts or expert drafts will be chosen by the competition’s jury. The teams behind them will then be invited to apply for funding through the National Programme for Space and Innovation, one of the innovation and knowledge transfer projects run by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

  • Verifiable applications involving individual or joint proposals are eligible for funding from Germany’s national space and innovation programme
  • Up to 400,000 Euro in possible funding for each project. This funding is subject to the general funding guidelines of the German federal government

Legal basis

This funding is subject to the general funding guidelines of the German federal government (https://foerderportal.bund.de/easy/easy_index.php?auswahl=easy_formulare&formularschrank=bmwi).

Projects are funded through grants based on the requirements released by the Space Administration department of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Germany’s Federal Gazette on 19 November 2014, the BMWi’s standard guidelines for grants based on costs and expenses, and the administrative provisions described in §§ 23 and 44 of Germany’s federal budgetary regulations (Bundeshaushaltsordnung, BHO). No participant is legally entitled to receive a grant. The entity sponsoring the grants will determine which entrants are to receive them based on its own conscientious discretion and the funds available.


Complex and connected production, increasing digitalisation, new possibilities in additive manufacturing processes, more flexible production concepts, and new business models: These are some of the current, often far-reaching developments taking place in German industry. Such trends are crucial to long-term innovative capability and competitiveness in the space sector, as well. Previously dominated by high-tech manufacturing operations and small production quantities, this field now finds itself in a transitional phase. New players around the world are presenting established manufacturers with major challenges through their new business ideas and drive to commercialise. Satellite manufacturers in particular are feeling the squeeze.

After the successful first and second competition under the motto “Satellite 4.0” and “Space 4.0”, the third INNOspace Masters Competition “Space Moves!” is extended by the mobility aspect. Ideas and new concepts are sought that address the current issues of the space industry and offer innovative solutions. In particular, there is a great demand for experiences from outside the space sector related to Industry 4.0, in order to introduce the space industry to new ideas. But likewise, the transfer of space technologies to terrestrial sectors, such as the mobility and transport sector, opens up new opportunities and possibilities for commercialisation.