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Space Tech Expo Europe returned to Bremen, the city of aerospace, for its sixth edition. The three-day trade fair took place from November 14 – 16, 2023 at the exhibition centre in Bremen and was opened by Kristina Vogt, Senator for Economics, Ports and Transformation. Year after year, the Space Tech Expo Europe raises the bar for the industry with a showcase of the latest technologies, networking opportunities and topical debates. With more than 6200+ experts from around the world, including industry leaders, suppliers and new space startups, #SpaceTechExpoEurope 2023 has once again surpassed last year’s numbers. The 550+ exhibiting aerospace companies and panel discussions offered attendees a closer look at the latest trends and news in the aerospace industry in Europe.
Bremen’s aerospace industry presented the full breadth of its capabilities with the following players: OHB, Airbus DS, ArianeGroup, DSI Aerospace, AES, HE Space, Geradts, Polaris Raumflugzeuge, ZARM Technik, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Institute of Space Systems, Fraunhofer IFAM, Arthur Behrens, ASTRA e.V., Ferchau, Shieldex, Thermconcept, and the ESA BIC Northern Germany startups Planblue, Valispace, Marble Imaging, Blue Orbit Space Systems, Trilitec, PhySens and Coher Sense.
Messestand: Bremen/Bremerhaven City of Space
Bremen / Bremerhaven „City of Space“ begrüßte als gastgebendes Bundesland wie in den Vorjahren mit einem eigenen Messestand die Besuchenden und Aussteller. Unter dem Motto „Launch Your Career in Bremen“ waren die Besuchenden eingeladen, mehr über die Luft- und Raumfahrtakteure sowie Ausbildungs- und Studienangebote am Standort zu erfahren. AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. und BremenInvest hatten den Stand in guter Tradition zusammen organisiert und gestaltet.
Der humanoide Roboter Pepper, beantwortete den Messebesuchenden Fragen zu den Raumfahrtakteuren und -aktivitäten im Land Bremen von A- wie AVIASPACE, über E wie ECOMAT bis hin zu Z – wie ZARM-Technik.
Bremen Party (©AVIASPACE/Justin von Glahn).
The stand was also a meeting point for international delegations from countries such as the Netherlands (Zuid-Holland), the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland), Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Canada and Enterprise Ireland. International guests, important exhibitors and representatives of Bremen’s space scene were officially welcomed by Kristina Vogt, Minister for Economic Affairs, Ports and Transformation, at a Senate reception on November 13. The traditional VIP dinner in the run-up to the trade fair took place in Bremen City Hall – part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – and was attended by 120 VIPs and executives from the international aerospace community.
Connecting Space Regions
A special focus this year was once again on the space cooperation with the Zuid-Holland region, which has been in place since 2019. On the first day of the trade fair, November 14, 2023, two network meetings with Zuid-Holland took place in the Business Lounge in Hall 7. The first “Working Meeting” focused on the development of joint projects and the identification of funding opportunities; the second on cooperation & innovation in the university sector. In addition to Bremen and Zuid-Holland, space companies from Wales/England, Italy, Poland and the French region of Occitanie also had the opportunity to present their activities and network with each other. Peter Batenberg, representative of the LDE Space Network (cooperation between the Dutch universities of Leiden, Delft and Erasmus), was enthusiastic about the exchange and convinced that further activities will develop from this. In the coming years, successful pilot projects will be built upon and cooperation in areas such as digitalization and materials research will be driven forward.
To further promote cooperation between the different space regions, AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. and the Dutch cluster SpaceNed Netherlands invited companies and representatives from various space regions to a VIP networking event at the Bremen/Bremerhaven Chamber of Commerce on the evening of November 14. For the participants, the event at the Schütting was a great opportunity to strengthen business cooperation and research and development between the space regions.
The COOPERANTS consortium, consisting of Airbus DS, DLR RY, DFKI, Fraunhofer IWU, FZI, itemis, neusta aerospace, OHB, RADIUSMEDIA, ScopeSET, Valispace and ZARM Technik, was a co-exhibitor at the City of Space Bremen stand. The consortium, with a growing presence in the aerospace industry, is keen to develop partnerships in this field. With a presentation on the topic: “Showcasing a Future Data-Ecosystem for Space” and a panel moderation and participation on the topic: “Collaboration for Digitalization” by Dr. Caroline Lange (DLR), Hauke Ernst (Airbus Defence and Space) and John T.H. Dobson (neusta aerospace), the trade fair participants were able to learn more about the project.
Under the motto “Meet the Canadians” and “Meet the Swiss”, bilateral meetings and cooperation opportunities between various regions and countries were on the agenda on the second day of the trade fair (November 15). This also included the space and aviation clusters Andalusia and Space UK. On November 15, there was also an excursion into space law with the “Space Tech Expo Bremen Legal Conference” and the associated launch of the “Routledge Handbook of Commercial Space Law”.
The ZARM Sponsors’ Association Prize was also awarded jointly by Dr. Thomas Reiter (President of the ZARM Sponsors’ Association and former ESA astronaut), Sabine von der Recke (OHB) and Marc Steckling (Airbus) at Space Tech Expo Europe on 15.11.2023. First place, endowed with €1,200.00, went to Magdalena Misslich from the University of Hanover. Second place, endowed with €1,000.00, went to Tobias Hoffmann from the University of Oldenburg. Third place, endowed with €800.00, went to Patrick Alter from TU Darmstadt.
ESA Business Incubation Centre Northern Germany
Géraldine Naja, ESA Director of Commercialization, Industry and Procurement, presented the prizes for ESA’s Technology Transfer Ideas Competition on 14 November. First prize went to GSI, second prize to Halo and third prize to PhySens.
The future of space was the focus of the ESA BIC Pitch Breakfast for 30 young international startups on November 15.
The ESA BIC Northern Germany startups Blue Orbit Space Systems, PhySens GmbH and CoherSense were particularly well represented at the ESA Business Incubation Centre Northern Germany stand. They all wanted to use the trade fair to make a big breakthrough.
The joint stand “ESA Commercialization Gateway” was operated in a good partnership between ESA SME and the ESA Business Incubation Centre Northern Germany.
In addition, the City of Space offered a matchmaking event on November 14 specifically for ESA BIC startups with the help of the Enterprise Europe Network Bremen. In the run-up to the event, participants were able to present their company profile and find potential partners to exchange information and initiate new partnerships. In total, the Enterprise Europe Network matchmaking event attracted 1600 participants from 56 nations, who came together for 3500 meetings in the matchmaking areas in Hall 5 and Hall 6. This is another record result not only for matchmaking at Space Tech Expo, but also for the entire Enterprise Europe Network!
On the evening of November 15, ESA BIC Northern Germany, together with ESA BIC Noordwijk and NL Space Campus, hosted the “Connecting the Curious” event with over 100 participants as a special addition to the daytime events at Space Tech Expo Europe. The networking event brought together students, young professionals and startups from the space industry and the space community to network and exchange creative ideas. The event with 24 pitches took place at the Lugger/Schlachthof.
On November 16, the Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte, visited the Space Tech Expo and met with the Bremen companies OHB, Airbus Defence & Space, ArianeGroup, DSI Aerospace, AES, Geradts, Arthur Behrens, Polaris Raumflugzeuge, ZARM Technik, the university initiative ASTRA and the Bremen startups Planblue, Valispace, Marble Imaging and Blue Orbit Space Systems at the ESA BIC stand.
An extremely successful trade fair week came to an end on Thursday, 16.11.2023. The City of Space is looking forward to welcoming the space industry to Bremen’s exhibition halls again at Space Tech Expo Europe from 19-21 November 2024!
About Bremen Bremerhaven – CITY OF AEROSPACE
The key aerospace sector of the state of Bremen, in accordance with the innovation strategy Land Bremen 2030, markets itself under the claim Bremen Bremerhaven – CITY OF AEROSPACE. Four organisations in the state of Bremen are jointly implementing the operational objectives of the innovation strategy.
The Ministry for Economic Affairs, Ports and Transformation creates the financial and organisational framework for the design and implementation of the aerospace strategy of the State of Bremen.
AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. manages the network necessary for the realisation of the operational goals of the innovation strategy of the state of Bremen and the participation in innovation projects.
The state’s development bank, Bremer Aufbau-Bank GmbH (BAB), handles the state of Bremen’s aerospace research programme. BAB’s Starthaus supports startups and young companies and integrates them into the startup ecosystem of the state of Bremen.
WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH (BremenInvest) supports the activities of Bremen Bremerhaven CITY OF AEROSPACE by organising trade fairs and events and with BremenInvest in the internationalisation of the industry. The Enterprise Europe Network supports companies in matters relating to innovation and internationalisation. The trade fair stand was financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).