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Space Tech Innovations Ready For Industry Exploitation

April 15, 2010

ESA’s Technology Transfer Program’s booth “ËœESA Space Apps’ at this year’s Hanover Fair will present a number of impressive spin-offs and technology transfers, illustrating the huge untapped potential of advanced space technology for European non-space business.

“With “ËœESA Space Apps’ we wish to draw the European industry’s attention to the great number of existing innovative space technologies available,” explains Frank M. Salzgeber, Head of ESA’s Technology Transfer Program Office (TTPO).

“Many of our space technologies are ready to use and represent an excellent opportunity for novel solutions to technology problems in non-space industrial fields.”

“Developed and funded by European space programs they are available to European industry and can offer advantages which in particular in the present global crises can be of great help to Europe’s business and can strengthen its competitiveness. ESA makes these technologies available through its network of technology transfer brokers.”

“ËœESA Space Apps’ will be at booth number D56 in Hall 2 at the Hanover Fair 2010 in Hanover, Germany, from April 19 to 23. The booth is organized jointly by ESA and the German company MST Aerospace, which on behalf of ESA’s Technology Transfer Program Office, leads TTPO’s Technology Transfer Network, a consortium of five European companies dedicated to transferring space technology to more earthly applications.

ESA and its broker network of companies have already implemented more than 230 technology transfers.

Ten companies will present their successful technology transfers showcasing the huge potential and opportunities of technologies, systems and expertise used in Europe’s space programs.

Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss the specific applications and systems with the companies, as well as how they have been using space technologies in each of their specific cases.

The complete 2010 “ËœESA Space Apps’ program will be presented to the public at a press conference on Monday April 19 at 13:00 with the participation of Frank M. Salzgeber, Dr Werner Dupont, Andreas Teske (mobile life Unternehmer GmbH), Prof. Dr Klaus Schilling, (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Wrzburg) and Prof. Dr Wolfgang Grill (Universität Leipzig).

ESA’s Space Spin-off Award 2010

On Monday April 19 at 11:30 the winner of the Space Spin-off Award 2010 will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony.

ESA’s Space Spin-Off Award is given to an individual or an organization that has carried out a space technology transfer of extraordinary success with significant economic impact and remarkable results in a non-space sector.

Space technology on display at the Technology Forum

The technology portal www.technology-forum.com with space technologies available for industry will be demonstrated by MST Aerospace, which will be available also to answer questions and give advice to industry on how to profit from space technology developments.

“The Technology Forum website is a catalyst for space companies that want to transfer their technologies to other business areas and vice versa for non-space companies who are looking for high-tech solutions for technological problems they are facing,” explains Werner Dupont, Managing Director of MST Aerospace.

“The forum features some 350 European space technologies in categories ranging from health and life sciences to materials or computer science, and some 450 requests from non-space companies for technological problem solutions.”

Innovation Triangle Initiative

This time ESA will also display its Innovation Triangle Initiative (ITI) so as encourage non space companies and research institutions to participate in ESA technology development programs spinning into space their suitable terrestrial technologies.

“ESA is an advocate of open innovation. Space is constantly looking for the best technology from any area where it may happen and is willing to support spin-in and enter partnerships for joint action” says Alberto Tobias, Head of the Systems, Software and Technology Department of ESA.

ESA’s Technology Transfer Program Office (TTPO)

The main mission of TTPO is to facilitate the use of space technology and space systems for non-space applications and to demonstrate the benefit of the European space program to European citizens. The office is responsible for defining the overall approach and strategy for the transfer of space technologies, including the incubation of start-up companies and their funding.

Image 1: Hannover Messe, the world’s most important industrial trade fair presenting latest technologies and innovations Credits: Hannover Messe

Image 2: Space technology serves European citizens in many non-space applications. Here can be seen a miniaturized ceramic gas sensor used to measure the oxygen level in a plasma flame in a wind tunnel used for testing re-entry space vehicle surface protection. The same ceramic sensor is now used to safeguard environment in the monitoring of oxidizable gases (COe) of burners in home heaters. Other novel non-space systems made possible with this sensor include a human breath measurement mask and hydrogen leakage instrument. Credits: ESCUBE GmbH

Image 3: Landing a spacecraft on Earth or a space probe on Saturn’s moon Titan (as seen here), is just like dropping a potato crisp into a bag. The German company HTG Hyperschall Technologie Göttingen found the solution through modeling, simulation and calculation as well as advanced measurement, which were developed while working on ESA projects, and was able to develop a crisps-bag-filling-system for Rovema. Integrating this technology originating from space into their new filling machine enabled the company to do the packaging 30 to 50 % faster than before. For this achievement among others, HTG Hyperschall Technologie Göttingen was awarded ESA’s “ËœSpace Spin-Off’ 2009 prize for its outstanding performance in the area of “Ëœspace to non-space technology transfer’. Credits: ESA

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