“Space Moves!” competition INNOspace Masters 2018 awards innovative ideas for the future of space travel

Under the theme “Space Moves!”, the Space Administration at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), within the third INNOspace Masters competition, embarked on a search for new ideas and concepts designed to address the aerospace industry’s current problems and offer potential innovative solutions. In particular, the experiences of non-space industries, such as mobility, were in demand in order to open up new perspectives for space travel. But commercialisation proposals for the transfer of space technologies to the terrestrial mobility and transport sector were also of great interest to DLR.

A total of 125 participants from companies, start-ups, universities and research institutions in 18 European countries responded to the call. Of the 81 submissions, 12 ideas made it to the final round of the innovation competition. “The winners of the four categories of the competition convinced us with their solutions throughout the entire value creation chain. From forward-looking research approaches to innovative business models for business start-ups and integration solutions for industrial manufacturing,” says Dr. Walther Pelzer, Member of the Executive Board of DLR Space Administration.
The awards were presented during the INNOspace Masters Conference “Space Moves!” on 5 June 2018 by the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, Mr. Thomas Jarzombek MdB, in Berlin and by the partners of the competition.

Space travel moves the mobility industry

Research, technology development and the commercial use of space travel move our daily life on earth. This includes topics such as autonomous driving (satellite navigation, communication, Earth observation), 5G connectivity and IoT/M2M (satellite navigation) as well as life science and material research. “The many innovative solutions proposed at this year’s INNOspace Masters impress with their great opportunities for the space and mobility industries. The INNOspace® initiative by DLR Space Administration thus once again underscores the potential of space travel for the various industrial sectors,” explained Thomas Jarzombek, the new Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, who selected the overall winner of the INNOspace Masters in Berlin.