Supporting the creation of space products addressing ground applications…

Space technologies are “naturally” highly adaptable to different economic sectors and they have already demonstrated both their technical feasibility and their economic value in several applicative sectors. Smart agriculture, digital television, third generation mobile communications and the Internet are good examples of service platforms to which space-systems contribute. Space technologies offering countless possibilities in terms of practical ground-based applications, they represent increasing opportunities for players other than those within the traditional space industry, including small- and medium-sized enterprises, service providers, content providers and private and public users.

The priority must now be given to accelerating the process of transferring space technologies from the research sector to the commercial sector, with the creation of value added services that go beyond the strict context of space.

However, this services deployment is still challenging because of the following reasons:

  • Since one decade, the approach for space application market development is “Technology push” driven and not “Demand pull”.
  • Lack of knowledge and visibility of the space community about applicative industrial sectors markets and trends.
  • Weak knowledge of global space technologies at the European level. One cluster can describe in details the space technologies represented in its association but can hardly talk about potentialities available in the other European space clusters.
  • Deriving from the two previous weaknesses, lack of knowledge about market segments presenting growth potentialities.
  • Ignorance of existing space technologies applications and their utility in solving well defined necessities in other industrial sectors.
  • Inaccessibility of the technological space applications and developments for SMEs and entrepreneurs.
  • Non-existence of adequate forums for projecting the space technologies and applications for other sectors.

…with clusters acting as springboards for their members’ international trade.

Starting from this specific Space sector finding, the methodology chosen for SPACE2ID comprises the following steps:

  • To investigate on the business markets and trends in defined MELCA sectors. A special effort will be given to determine the prospective trends for MELCA sub-sectors using space technologies (“imagine the future with space technologies”).
  • To ensure that all clusters of the consortium (space and non-space ones) share the same knowledge about space technologies and their “a priori” potentialities to address diversification sectors.
  • To select which space technologies available in the space clusters could address specific needs in diversification sectors (match making exercise).
  • To assess the potentialities of space technology providers to address such needs at the international stage (wishes for export and internal competences “to go international”).
  • To identify European and International connections to be done either among “internal” space community (conjunction of competences) but also between space and diversification communities.
  • To inform space and diversification communities about the SPACE2ID findings in orderto pave the way to the international strategy plan implementation in a further potential ESCP Strand 2 and to feed up a SPACE2ID think tank with additional space technologies/MELCA needs (sustainability concern).
  • To design and put in place adequate information tools able to spread the knowledge of space technologies and applications to selected fields of activity.
  • Last but not least, to consolidate the SPACE2ID clusters partnership into a formal cooperation agreement in order to give more weight and credit to the internationalization strategy plan to be provided at the end of the project.