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The OECD publishes the 2nd Edition of the Handbook on Measuring the Space Economy [Aug/2022]

The OECD has published the second edition of the ‘Handbook on measuring the Space Economy’. Ten years after the first iteration, this step was justified with a strong diversification of actors contributing to the space economy in recent years,...
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ESA Technology Transfer Success Story - A new perspective: satellite image processing algorithms to improve lives on Earth [Aug/2022]

Cloudflight’s code optimisation expertise, developed in Austria for analysing satellite imagery (from ENVISAT - ENVIronmental SATellite), was applied to enhance the underlying technology of UK-startup GiveVision’s SightPlus device, designed to...
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ESA Technology Transfer Success Story - From space debris to rogue drones: how a net-firing gun could help counter both problems [Aug/2022]

Italian Engineering firm STAM is developing a net-firing gun, called the Drone Catcher, based on ESA-funded research to remove space debris, to tackle the growing problem of disruption caused by illegally-flown drones at public events. By 2026,...
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ESA Technology Transfer Success Story - Dry electrodes to monitor vital signs: From astronauts in space to foetuses in utero [Aug/2022]

Dry electrode technology, initially designed by Swiss organisation CSEM to monitor ESA astronauts’ health whilst floating in microgravity (LTMS system), allows foetal cardiologists to isolate and continuously monitor a foetal heartbeat on an ele...
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ESA Technology Transfer Success Story - Closing the loop: how space technology could relieve water scarcity on Earth [Aug/2022]

Using technology created for ESA’s MELiSSA (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative) Project (to build a closed life support system), French company Firmus successfully commercialised spin-off technology FGWRS, a terrestrial grey water ...
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ESA Technology Transfer Success Story - Uncovering the secrets of data: spacecraft-grade AI to better inform European SMEs [Aug/2022]

KETTY, a machine learning solution developed by Italian firm SATE with ESA funding to detect anomalies in satellite telemetry data, has been used to improve the performance of Austrian IT specialists eMentalist’s event detection platform for SME...
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ESA Technology Transfer Success Story - Landing zone assessment using Lidar: space technology to enable a new class of drones [Aug/2022]

Canadian SME NGC Aerospace adapted their Hazard Detection and avoidance (HDA) software for lunar landers to enable autonomous safe landing site identification and selection for large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). A new Lidar-based approach to H...
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ESA Technology Transfer Success Story - Space at home: using space heritage to increase efficiency and automation in the home [Aug/2022]

Slovenian firm SkyLabs developed its spectroscopy technology, supported by ESA, into an AI-supported miniature textile composition and colour recognition apparatus that can be integrated into IoT-connected home appliances, such as washing machines...
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ESA Technology Transfer Success Story - The missing layer: how aircraft constellations could provide a new perspective on our planet [Aug/2022]

Luxembourgish firm SkyfloX is developing ESA-patented ORCA (Optical and RF Constellation on Aircraft) to equip commercial aircraft with small sensors (weighting less than a small suitcase), forming the ‘missing layer’ for a range of Earth Obse...
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ESA Technology Transfer Success Story - Powering a village from a shipping container: space structures to transform portable energy generation [Aug/2022]

Using ESA patented modular deployment technology, originally designed to deploy very large support structures in space, Spanish firm POLAR Developments (a spin-out from the company Comet Ingeniería) offers near-instantaneous high capacity photovo...
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ESA Technology Transfer Success Story - No such thing as a waste product: using space technology to recycle urine [Aug/2022]

URIDIS innovative electrochemical water treatment technology, developed under ESA’s MELiSSA (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative) project is being used by Belgian company Hydrohm to treat urine on Earth, saving water and recovering ...
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Eurospace releases its annual Facts & Figures Report: The European Space Industry in 2021 [Jul/2022]

On 13 July 2022, the trade association of the European Space Industry, Eurospace, announced the release of the 26th edition of its annual report on the state of the European space manufacturing industry in 2021. Eurospace has been publishin...
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