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Where on Earth? ESA BASS poses the question at Portsmouth Stargazing Live…

Portsmouth Stargazing Live 2020 pulled some surprises last month with a slightly different perspective to previous years… 

The ESA BASS stand at Portsmouth Stargazing Live, originally a tie-in event with the BBC Stargazing Live TV programmes (Image credit: ESA)

This annual event held at Portsmouth’s History Dockyard was first launched to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists to learn more about space, the solar system and interplanetary exploration – and has dazzled audiences every year since 2013.  

At the 2020 event satellites were featured for the first time through ESA Business Applications and Space Solutions (ESA BASS), who talked about how we use space in our everyday lives. In fact, for the first time at this science exploration event, a conversation was started about looking down at the Earth rather than looking up into Space.

Satellites take centre stage  
Space offers many opportunities and solutions to improve our everyday lives. Satellite navigation systems provide accurate location data for moving or fixed assets, enabling users to get from A to B, but also to share their location or access location-based mobility services. Satellite communication networks allow us to transmit breaking news around the world in seconds. Earth observation satellites can forecast the weather, monitor crop health and inform us about major environmental hazards and events. 

Over 1600 attendees of all ages came to Stargazing Live to learn about space and space science!

Tom Greenwood and Victoria Christmas , ESA BASS UK Regional Ambassadors talked about the uses of satellites, and what would happen if they stopped working. They also played a game with participants, which proved by far the most popular attraction on the ESA table, called #WhereOnEarth? 

Six images taken from satellites of major global cities were on display for space enthusiasts of all ages to guess the location. Successful answers got ESA prizes and goodies (alien friend anyone?) 

Can you guess the six cities? 

Istanbul, TurkeyNew York, USALondon, UKTokyo, JapanBerlin, GermanySan Francisco, USA

On top of the fun taking place in the interactive exhibition, there were public lectures later on in the auditorium. One of the highlights was Tom Greenwood’s ‘Bringing Space Down to Earth’ where the audience discovered different satellite technologies, their uses and types of orbit. Starting furthest away from the Earth, Tom explained the concepts of Geostationary orbits, Medium-Earth orbits and Low-Earth orbits, and which satellites operate in each, and why. 

A super enthusiastic audience were quick to start asking questions, including:

 “What happens to satellites when they stop working?”

“How many new satellites will there be?”

“How big is a satellite?” 

Black holes, Big Bangs and billion-year journeys
Some of the other lectures explored the lives of stars, formation of supermassive black holes and the Big Bang, taking the audience through a 14 billion-year journey. 

The Portsmouth Stargazing Live event was a stellar success, and for the first time, thanks to ESA BASS, satellites were a focal part of the event. 

At ESA BASS we are always looking for new audiences to talk to about the opportunities available to society from space, and how we can bring space down to Earth. 
If you would like to talk to your Regional Ambassador about future opportunities like this then please get in contact here 


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European Space Agency signs Memorandum of Intent with Genius 100 Foundation

Genius 100 Foundation and the European Space Agency (ESA) Business Applications have signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) to support the development of innovative services that leverage space technologies and data to deliver social impact to unserved communities.

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ESA and Genius 100 Foundation will work together under the new MoI to enable communities around the world to be liveable and resilient, and to thrive.  

The MoI will support the incubation, development and piloting of innovative applications that make use of space technology, such as Earth observation and satellite communications and navigation, to deliver socio-economic impact to unserved user communities.

ESA has previously collaborated with Genius in the fields of education and uplifting rural communities. Now, in this renewed partnership, Genius will act as a catalyst by: gathering demand from user communities and stakeholders; liaising with end-user communities to assess the conditions for exploration of future applications; and helping to federate and establish the demand ecosystem. This will ensure any applications developed under the MoI can be exploited in a sustainable way. 

The applications will focus in particular on: education, health and sanitation, art and science for social impact, the circular economy and natural resource management.

“This agreement will create opportunities for companies based in ESA member states to showcase the potential for space-based applications to address highly societal impactful issues through viable business models,” says Magali Vaissiere, ESA Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications.

“The collaboration with the European Space Agency fits and contributes to the vision we have for our foundation,” explains Julie Toskan, CEO of Genius 100 Foundation . “This supports our ecosystem of purpose-driven initiatives, strengthening and establishing new ways to enhance social impacts from an economic, technological and ethical point of view.” 

As the first step in this cooperation, Genius and ESA plan to set up initiatives to address improvements in remote health provision and communities in the second half of 2020. 

About Genius 100 Foundation

Genius 100 Foundation, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is an active and engaged community of 100 exceptionally imaginative and impactful people, including scientists, artists, philanthropists, innovators and other paragons of excellence in their own disciplines. What unites them is two qualities: they are both great thinkers and greater doers. 

About ESA and ESA BASS

The European Space Agency is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. ESA Business Applications and Space Solutions focusses on the commercial exploitation of space assets, data and capabilities by addressing technical feasibility and business development. This includes the development of operational services for a wide range of users through the combination of different systems, and support for existing businesses and the creation of viable new companies. 

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Taking Healthcare into the future with Space: Cross-sector event 11 February 2020

Space technologies could help offer solutions to the factors involved in health concerns (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Space and Health collide!  Tuesday 11 February 2020 @ ECSAT, Harwell Campus 

This event will feature a series of cross-sector panel discussions and talks to discuss how space solutions can be developed to meet the emerging (and growing) needs of the healthcare market. 

From using technologies and services such as Earth Observation, Space Navigation and Telecommunications satellites, to creating solutions to counter the environmental and lifestyle factors which contribute to health concerns (such as skin cancer and vitamin D-related diseases); attendees will get a sense of how these two seemingly different sectors can hold the key to collaborative innovation. 

Speakers include siHealth, BASF, Public Health England, the NHS, the UK Space Agency and of course, ESA BASS! 



10.00-10.30: Arrival and Registration

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10.30-10.45: Welcome to ESA - Nick Appleyard (Head of Space Solutions, ESA)

10.45-11.00: Welcome to Harwell Campus - Barbara Ghinelli (Director of Business Development and Clusters, Harwell Campus)

11.00-11.15: Success stories of innovative space-based applications for healthcare - Emilio Simeone (Chairman and CEO, siHealth) and Marco Morelli
(Director and CTO, siHealth)

11.15-11.30: Space-based applications for the Personal Care market - Robert Parker (Director of New Business Development, BASF)

11.30-12.00: Coffee break and networking

12.00-12.45: Panel Discussion with Q&A: Innovations and business opportunities created by the cross-over between Space and Healthcare 

Chaired by Barbara Ghinelli (Harwell Campus), attended by:

- Martin Widmann (Senior Vice-President for Global Strategic Marketing, BASF)

- John O'Hagan (Head of the Laser and Optical Radiation Dosimetry Group, Public Health England)

- Emily Gravestock (Head of Applications Strategy, UK Space Agency)

- Nick Appleyard (Head of Space Solutions, ESA)

- Ewan Eadie (Head of Scientific Services for Photobiology, NHS Tayside - Ninewells Hospital of Dundee)

12.45-13.00: Concluding Remarks - Emilio Simeone (Chairman and CEO, siHealth) 

13:00-14:00: Networking Lunch 

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Enel and the European Space Agency Together To Foster Space Applications in Energy

Rome, December 16th, 2019 – Enel and the European Space Agency (ESA) are cooperating to promote the development of space-applications in support of energy security as well as economic and environmental sustainability. Through this cooperation, in the first half of 2020, Enel and ESA will be launching a joint initiative related to circular economy and aimed at fostering the development of innovative services combining space data and other technology to monitor public lighting, building efficiency and traffic flows, seeking to improve mobility and environmental sustainability in cities.

The cooperation was announced during today’s “Space for Innovation Impact” event, promoted by ESA, and held at the premises of ASI, the Italian Space Agency.  

Space for Innovation Impact. Image credits: jamesteohart Shutterstock

“The space and energy sectors have always been at the forefront of technology and innovation and we are working together, with the aim to boost sustainability in our cities and infrastructure, protecting the wider environment while creating shared value for us and our stakeholders. Enel is committed to renewable energy and circular economy, as we see them as the drivers to increase living standards in our communities,” said Ernesto Ciorra, Enel’s Chief Innovability Officer. 

Magali Vaissiere, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, added: “working with Enel gives us the opportunity to foster the development of space applications for the energy sector and in the context of circular cities. We are confident that this cooperation will unlock significant business opportunities for European Industry, and will showcase the potential of space to deliver solutions with environmental and socio-economic benefits at scale.”

In addition to circular economy, the main areas of interest identified by Enel through this partnership encompass applications of space technologies, including satellite data, in electricity network distribution, with a view to (i) reduce technical risks, such as the interference of vegetation with overhead power lines, as well as (ii) to optimize energy services in distribution and generation.

Enel is already supporting ESA in the studies assessing the viability of satellite-based services in support of smart grids and electricity grid maintenance. The goal is to further improve distribution service and field operations in Europe and South America. The four on-going studies on the matter will be completed in the second quarter of 2020, establishing the framework for their practical applications. 

Enel is a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power, gas and renewables markets. It is the largest European utility by market capitalization and ordinary EBITDA, and is present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with around 90 GW of managed capacity. Enel distributes electricity through a network of over 2.2 million kilometers, and with around 73 million business and household end users globally, the Group has the largest customer base among its European peers. Enel’s renewables arm Enel Green Power already manages around 46 GW of wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower plants in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. 

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Boost for European startups and SMEs at the ESA Ministerial Council Space 19+

European startups and SMEs that want to utilize space technology to improve everyday life are set to benefit from a major funding increase for the European Space Agency (ESA) programme that supports them.

ESA's Telecom and Integrated Applications Management Team at Space19+

At the ESA Ministerial Council Space19+ held in November 2019 in Spain, Member States approved a budget increase of 35% for ESA Business Applications and Space Solutions (ESA BASS) over the next three years. 

ESA BASS is the only optional programme element within ESA to which all 22 Member States have signed up.

The increased funding for the ESA BASS not only shows the continuation of appreciation and confidence the member states have into the programmes but also the increased request for additional support of the small and medium sized companies using space to increase their competitive angle. The funding will enhance support to entrepreneurs, ultimately boosting the member states economy by providing high level jobs and competitive new products and services.

A clear message of trust and encouragement at the ESA Ministerial Council Space 19+ Funding Success – December 2019

ESA programmes and funding are decided every three years by ministers with responsibility for space activities in the Member States within Europe. The last Council meeting, named as Space 19+, was held in Seville, Spain, and resulted in record funding for European space investments.

Funding to benefit Startups and SMEs across Member States

"Each of the 22 Member States recognise the value of business-focused elements in their space investments, and have ultimately chosen to participate in the ESA BASS programme,'' says Nick Appleyard, ESA’s Head of Business Applications and Space Solutions.

“At ESA, we celebrate the diverse business cultures and languages across Europe. Wherever you are, there is an ESA Space Solutions office near you, staffed by our local partners who speak your language and understand your business environment. They can offer direct support in the form of business incubation and startup funding, alongside advice on the technical capabilities of space and the support programmes that ESA can offer to a growing business” adds Mr. Appleyard. 

How BASS provides support

ESA BASS is part of ESA’s Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (TIA) Directorate. TIA funds its projects and programmes, including ESA BASS, through the ARTES programme.

“Space is now the backbone of the digital economy,” says Frank M. Salzgeber, Head of ESA’s Innovation and Ventures Office. “The increased funding over the next three years will enable the ESA BASS network across Europe to support even more companies to create new products and services that will keep Europe at the forefront of that digital market.”

Our funding lets us provide support to SMEs and startups that want to exploit space technology or use space data, whether or not they already work in the space sector. We do this in a number of ways, by providing funding for studies and projects or by incubation in our 20 ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs). These are based in over 60+ locations in 17 countries and have supported over 800 start-ups.

We understand that finance is a major issue for startups, so we provide funding schemes plus signposting and introductions to potential investors. Through our Technology Brokers and Ambassadors partners present across Europe, we also open up opportunities for collaboration between organisations in the space sector and entrepreneurs. 

Get to know ESA BASS Network (ESA NEAR ME) with 20 ESA BICs based in over +60 locations in 17 countries, and Technology Brokers and Ambassadors present across Europe.

The ESA BASS team is now looking forward enthusiastically to working with more startups and SMEs over the next years. For more information about how we can support you, please visit 

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The Irish company Skytek wins Lloyds award for marine insurance technology

The Irish space company, Skytek, has won the European award from Lloyds for its ground breaking technology for the marine insurance industry.

Lloyds List Awards. Image credits: Lloyds Marine.Earlier this year, Skytek formed a strategic parnership with AON, the leading global insurance broker and professional services company.  Together, they provide real-time software tools for insurers’ to monitor their global marine risk.  Central is the provision of a sanction tool to monitor breaches by their shipping clients.

Both the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the US Government have recognised the important role that re/insurers have when monitoring potential policy breaches in the marine sector by their insured hull and cargo owners. Such breaches might include illegal ship to ship transfers of oil by a sanctioned entity and turning off collision avoidance (AIS) trackers in sanction zones.

In response, Aon and Skytek launched a suite of War Aggregate Tools using satellite and space technologies to help re/insurers visualise the precise location of their insured risks and how they aggregate across their entire portfolio of vessels in real-time. Customisable alerts and reporting can be configured to show live vessel activity in any zone of interest, be it a restricted area or suspicious activity.

The tools also leverage historical voyage information for up to three years to learn the most commonly-used routes for navigation and identify potential deviations towards sanctioned areas.  Plus, advanced AIS 'spoofing' identification technology is used to determine when a vessel is transmitting incorrect location details by identifying messages without GPS coordinates through to checking reported position against signal validation.

Representatives from AON and the Lloyds list group. Image credits: Lloyds Marine
Christian Silies, Head of Marine & Energy at Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions business, commented: “As part of Aon’s commitment to helping clients make more informed decisions, our collaboration uses innovative technologies to boost knowledge of insurers’ marine risk and enhance risk management practices. The technology enables re/insurers to respond to regulatory pressures while obtaining insights into vessel behaviour and paving the way for data-driven decision making with more efficient risk transfer.”

Dr Sarah Bourke, CEO at Skytek, added: “The ability to take vast amounts of satellite, earth observation and space based data to create tailored insurance products has changed the landscape in the monitoring of insured moving assets.  Creating an environment where re/insurance companies can more effectively monitor and control portfolio risks”.

Dr. Rita Rinaldo, Head of the Institutional Projects Section of European Space Agency (ESA) Business Applications and Space Solutions commented:"  I am pleased to see that ESA’s support has helped Skytek to achieve such a great result. The award and their success showed how the co-investment made by ESA and Skytek in the project gave a high return in terms of socio-economic impact, allowing Skytek to succeed in commercialising the service proving the value of space technologies such as SAT-AIS in a sector such as the re/insurance sector ".

Piera Di Vito, the project’s Technical Officer at the ESA, commented: “Following ESA’s support, it is rewarding to see a practical application of science to the insurance industry – and in turn supporting re/insurers globally to have confidence in the protection of their assets.”

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Matchmaking meets sustainability at Slush 2019

“Just a little gathering of 25,000 changemakers, including 4,000 startups and 2,000 investors on November 21–22, 2019,” is how Slush summed up the event where ESA BIC Finland put in a stand that gathered the Nordic partners from across the ESA Business Application and Space Solutions (BASS) network together with the ESA BASS team and ESA Earth Observation Programme (EOP). 

The leading event for start-ups, SLUSH 2019 was a futuristic fest of sustainability, deeptech, investment opportunities and matchmaking. (Image credit:  Pasi Salminen/Slush Media)


Slush 2019 with its whopping 25 000 attendees was possibly the biggest start-up event (ever) and one where sustainability, deep tech and investment were the themes ‘du jour’.

Slush according to Slush 

Slush has grown from a 300-person assembly to a community of true global magnitude. Slush began as a student-driven, not-for-profit movement created to support the next generation of ground-breaking entrepreneurs. Stellar success and global interest has turned the two-day event in Helsinki into a weeklong affair with multiple side events focused on start-ups, scale ups, investors and founders.

ESA BIC Finland organised the ESA stand in collaboration with ESA BASS, ESA EOP and the Nordic ESA BICs. The state-of-the-art über-interactive stand included AR/VR demos, one from EOP Phi Lab showcasing the capabilities of EO and its relevance to start-ups. 

Matthias Maurer and the Ntention glove

The stand also benefitted from Astronaut in training Matthias Maurer who provided the buzz and drew in crowds with demos of some of the innovation technologies (Matthias was so taken with the Ntention glove that he couldn’t resist a quick tweet.) 

The ESA BICs in residence also brought along their stellar incubates, including:  Awake.AI, Aurora Propulsion Technologies, Arctic Astronautics, Arctic Space Technologies AB, Centropy AB, Mooringo AB and Eningo AB Gilytics, ClearSpace, ANYbotics, Golbriak Space OÜ.

The ESA BASS team also attended one of the side events organised by an ESA BIC Finland’s alumni Collective Crunch. The workshop introduced the topic of Digital Forestry. Participants could meet ‘cool, calm and hassle-free’ Linda, their AI platform and witness Collective Crunch’s trajectory from the ESA BIC to BA seeing first-hand the ‘Slush effect’ as well as the entire supply chain in the forestry sector. Themes of Carbon Capture and Storage were palpable in the workshop as emerging new trends. 

Slush as a large-scale event offered a multitude of matchmaking and networking opportunities as well as flagging up hot topics such as ocean tech and everyday environmentalism. 

Sustainability was also the start and end note for the event. Slush was founded with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as their foundation, so they make sure this is reflected at all levels of their operations – meticulously analysing the impact of their global events. (Slush Helsinki is an EkoKompassi/ EcoCompass certified event, using only biodegradable disposables, partnering with environmentally–friendly suppliers, serving only tap water, and using recycled or reused materials.)  

So what was the ESA BASS takeaway message? 

Space technology is the future for business formation whether start-up or scale-up in a sustainable – in all its forms (business and environment-wide) – way.  

See you in Helsinki on the 19-20 November for Slush 2020


Read more about the Sustainable Development Goals in Space as a Superpower





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Space for SII – Space for Innovation Impact


Roma, 16-12-2019 

Sala Cassini, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, Via del Politecnico snc, 00133 Roma (IT)

Finger touching a dark screen. Image credit: ra2studio

The space sector continues to grow inter alia due to increasing demand from both commercial and institutional markets.  In an era of profound digital transformation the lastand recently concluded European Space Agency (ESA) Ministerial Conference – Space+19 outcome made a decisive step forward in strengthening space in the digital age. 

Within this context, the Italian Space Agency is pleased to host at its own premises in Rome, on the 16th December 2019, the workshop “Space for Innovation”, organized in cooperation with ESA. The focus will be on show-casing how space assets can contribute and impact society and its economy. The main vertical sectors such as energy, cultural heritage and infrastructures will be addressed. ESA Business Applications Space Solutions (BASS) has supported economic operators in the development of sustainable solutions in a variety of sectors, ranging from energy, 5G,  cultural heritage and smart cities.

Several representatives from user communities and institutions will contribute their views regarding new challenges in their areas of competence. ESA BASS is keen to present the current and upcoming opportunities for industry to pursue innovative ideas, addressing user needs in the context of the new digital age for the benefit of the citizens.


09h30 – 09h45 - Welcome (G. Saccoccia, President ASI)

09h45 - 10h00 - Welcome (M. Vaissiere, Director ESA)

10h00 - 10h15 - ASI Challenges and opportunities for Italian space applications following ESA +19 (A. Tuozzi ASI)

10h15 – 11h00 - Energy 

Key note Speech: Circular Energy and outlook in the energy sector (Italian Ministry Economic Development, MISE)

  • “Maintenance and Recovery of High Voltage Electricity Transport Systems” GridWatch by Smart Structure Solutions
  • MOWGLI “MicrO reneWable Grid for ruraL Indian areas” by i-EM


11h00 – 12h00 Infrastructures

Key note Speech: New business models for innovation in the infrastructure sector (ENEL Head of Innovability, E. Ciorra)

  • DEDALOS SAT “ Distance Extended Device for Accurate Land Observation  SATellite Communications Extension ” and ASSURE “Accurate Solution for SUrface movements with tRusted E‐signature ” by Spaceexe SRL 

11h45 - 12h00 Coffee Break

  • SCIRES  “ Supporting Critical Infrastructures Resilience from Space ” by Planetek

12h15 - 12h35 - Key note Speech: Innovation and Social impact  (P.Pisano, IT Minister for Digitalization and Technological Innovation)


12h35 - 13h20 - Cultural Heritage

Key note Speech:  The challenges related to preservation and conservation of cultural heritage
(A. P. Recchia , General Secretary Ministry for Cultural Heritage )

  • RECIPE “ REsilience in art CIties: planning For Emergencies ” by Parco Ostia Antica e NEXT


13h20 - 14h20 - Lunch


14h20 - 14h35 - Innovation and collaboration opportunities in the context of ESA Business Applications (ESA Head of Institutional Applications Projects R. Rinaldo)


14h35 - 15h45 Smart cities and safety

14h35 – 14h50  - Key note Speech: Smart cities and innovation (V.Raggi, Mayor of Roma Capitale)

  • CBRNe “  Space Fly MultiAgent ” Vigili del Fuoco e RPS Aerospace srl 
  • CountFloors by Ticinum Aerospace 


15:45 - 16:00 “5G for L’ ART” (P. di Vito, ESA)

16h00 - 16h30 Satellite technologies for education and media

  • 16.00 - 16.15 - FullView SAT  by DBW
  • 16.15 - 16.30 - ONE Class ! “ Open Network for Education ” by Openet


16h30 - 16h45 - Conclusions (ESA/ASI)

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TIKKA - Taking forestry practices into the 21st century

A new forestry programme integrating the use of space assets is revolutionising the way that logging operations are carried out in Poland. The service, developed by Krakow-based company, SmallGIS, with the support of ESA’s Business Applications programme, is helping forestry make the switch to remote sensing technologies.

TIKKA – a tool for more efficient and cost-effective logging operations. The project has also been a catalyst for radically shaping new Polish forestry regulations (Image credit: Shutterstock).

In the last few years forest regulation in Poland has remained focused on the use of field measurement methods. Logging plans have been labour-intensive revolving around lengthy field work – walking through target areas and evaluating timber stock and laboriously defining logging site boundaries.

SmallGIS’s goal for the forest community was to provide a modern web-based platform that provided fast and relevant access to data such as maps, images and analyses for authorised forest users – as an effective cost and time saving tool to support the logging plans management operations.

Working with ESA, SmallGIS has developed TIKKA, a service based on state-of-the-art remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) methods. TIKKA provides timely andaccurate geo-referenced information about the forest environment and its surrounding topography. It helps rapidly identify the most economically valuable areas of timberland and to devise detailed logging plans – with data accessible via a web portal.

The technology behind TIKKA involves a combination of remote sensing – SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar), LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging – a remote sensing method that uses a pulsed laser to generate precise, 3D information) Earth Observation (EO), and GNSS to create a comprehensive service that replaces the long and expensive field inspections.

Piera di Vito, Technical Officer of the project at ESA explains: “LiDAR with its field map databases and spatial datasets of environmental and ecological information, provides an optimal means to obtain baseline forest inventory information on tree height, tree diameter and stem volume.“This baseline can be used to produce a highly accurate and detailed Digital Terrain Model and timber inventory which is complemented by space-borne data (spectral or Very High Resolution imagery) to keep it current and provide more detail such as the tree species or broadleaf versus conifer, for example.”

Maps generated by the service can be used for navigation in the forest, for finding harvestable timber and to plan forest thinning work and delineating the logging area.

A pilot demonstration was supported and validated by representatives of the Regional State Forest in Szczecin. They found a reduction in costs for preparing the logging plan as well as an improvement of the current quality level of logging plans. They are also delighted that users could access this information in their own GIS system without the need of additional IT projects,”says Bartosz Kulawik, Project Manager, SmallGIS.

Trading in-field measurement for remote sensing technologies

Today, as a result of TIKKA and its potential success nationally, the Polish forestry regulations – which have not been revised since the 1960s – will take into account the opportunity to exploit modern technologies.

The coming years will bring deregulation and changing of forest law – more advanced technologies will be recommended and may even become obligatory. The main players that form the target users of this service already exist and already have the necessary GIS tools in place,” says Bartosz Kulawik, Project Manager, SmallGIS.

 “When we started with first project, we had two people working in remote sensing. Now we have more than tenBusiness Applications gave us the template and encouraged us to think about implementation. Before that we were just focusing on the technical side – ESA helped us make a business plan, to finish the product and market it.”

TIKKA technology is now also being used to fight forest fires – see article

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ESA BIC Madrid gets the attention of Airbus

Enrique Medina (CEO) and Héctor Puago (CTO) started their company CEDRION in February 2017. The pair developed a new technology cooling electronics which was superior to current technologies – lightweight and without moving parts. Passionate about developing this technology they presented the project to the ESA BIC Community of Madrid and were selected. 

Left: Enrique Medina, CEO of CEDRION with Nuria Hernandez Alfageme, ESA Technology Transfer Officer and Country Manager for Spain (Image credit: CEDRION)

The technical support mentoring by the ESA electronics laboratory enabled them to create a CEDRION converter, which increases the performance of commercial systems from 50% to more than 96% - at almost a tenth of the cost.

CEDRION’s devices are based on the Corona effect which they use to generate plasma at room temperature and direct a fluid. The technology was patented in 2018 and extended to PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) in April 2019. Atmospheric plasma or cold plasma is one of the most promising technologies in fields as diverse as aerodynamics, antimicrobial resistance or cancer treatment.

Airbus adopt the cool technology

CEDRION use this technology to cool drone electronics, engines and internal electronics – technology which has now been adopted by the Airbus BizLab (the Aerospace Accelerator) for aeronautical systems, assisting in the concept and development of electric (and therefore less polluting) aircraft. 

“As the aerospace market grows one of the biggest challenges is to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Our technology will help to achieve the dream of zero-emission aircraft. It is really an achievement to have attracted the  attention of Airbus… for a start-up with an aerospace vocation they are the main company.”  Enrique Medina, CEO CEDRION

CEDRION participated in the ESA BIC Community of Madrid programme because they had a strong belief that their project was in line with the level of quality needed to qualify for incubation. “We were looking for both technological and business support – and the result has been enormously satisfying,” says Enrique.  

When asked what his advice would be to other start-ups he says “Seize the opportunity!  This program is one of the best in the sector and is definitely worth the preparation. Even if you are not selected, the feedback will give invaluable insights into your business model.”

See the complete article in Spanish on the madri+d Knowledge Foundation web site


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