ESA Space Economy

ESA seeks to ensure a sustainable growth of the European space sector and the creation of value to society, from basic research to service development.

Global Space Markets Challenge

With the ESA Global Space Markets Challenge, eligible start-ups and SMEs have a novel opportunity to present their plans to introduce their space products and/or services to international markets. Six winning companies from the upstream and downstream space sector will benefit from support to access international markets, where their products, applications or services could find potential customers. Learn more about this years' winners!

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Space Economy Initiatives

ESA Global Space Economic Forum


The Global Space Economic Forum (GSEF) is the foremost creative platform to interactively discuss space-led innovation opportunities driven by the space economy

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ESA Global Space Economic Workshop


The Global Space Economic Workshop (GSEW) is a framework to bring together leaders from European industry to promote partnerships and collaborations

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ESA Grand Challenge

Grand Challenge

The Grand Challenge is a competition that proposes inspiring goals far from market reach to tackle specific challenges with unconventional and disruptive approaches

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News from Space Economy

The European Commission publishes the 2021 Edition of its Better Regulation Guidelines and Toolbox

Impact assessment is a crucial tool for policymakers to generate and analyse reliable information on the impacts of policy and regulation. To provide consistent and comparable outputs, the European Commission is providing a framework that helps s...
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ESPI Yearbook 2020 – Monitoring the development of the European space policy in a global context

In June 2021, the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) published its annual Yearbook. It provides an examination of the main trends and developments in the space sector, space policy, and space programmes over the past year. Implementing a worldwid...
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Socio economic benefits from Future Aircraft Composite Firewall - Using space-grade materials to enhance next generation aircraft

The bulkhead concept, which is part of the layers protecting satellites on Ariane 5 and 6, has generated a spin-off for aircraft by Airbus Defence & Space. Together with ESA’s Technology Transfer and Patent Office (TTPO) and CiTD, this technolo...
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