European Centre for Space Economy and Commerce (ECSECO) officially opened in Vienna

European Centre for Space Economy and Commerce (ECSECO) officially opened in Vienna [Jul/2022]

On 4 July 2022, the European Centre for Space Economy and Commerce was officially opened in Vienna following a successful launch ceremony at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI).

The well attended event was headlined by keynote speeches of Josef Aschbacher (ESA Director General), Henriette Spyra (Director General of Innovation and Technology at Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology), and Ludwig Moeller (Incoming Director of ESPI). This was followed by a panel discussion between leading experts of the field, namely:

  • Vito Albino, Full Professor, Politecnico di Bari
  • Christian Fifi, Senior Vice President, TTTech
  • Oliver Lemaitre, Secretary General Eurospace
  • Lynn Zoenen, Principal Alpine Space Ventures
  • Marc Tondriaux, Chairman EARSC
  • Chris McLaughlin, Chief of Government, Regulatory, and Engagement OneWeb (written statement)

ESA-ESPI Memorandum of Understanding on ECSECO was officially signed, effective immediately. This officially opens the center for operations and allows European individuals to become members of ECSECO through the online form on its new website, Membership will grant various benefits, including the possibility to attend conferences and workshops, networking sessions, working groups, collaborative research, competitions for students, and summer schools.

At the end of August, a first information session for the upcoming ECSECO projects will be held digitally. This will be followed by the election of the board at the first General Assembly on 17 November 2022, open to all members.

Recording of the opening ceremony can be found here.

Activities of the European Centre for Space Economy and Commerce can be followed on LinkedIn and Twitter. For any further information, please email

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