NEW YEAR’S RECEPTION OF THE CITY OF AEROSPACE “100 YEARS OF AIRCRAFT CONSTRUCTION BREMEN” IN BERLIN19.01.2024
1. Could you introduce yourself and your role within the organization?
My name is Dr. Jörn Burkert, CEO. I graduated from the Institution of Environmental Physics at the University of Bremen, with a focus on environmental physics, chemistry, and technology. My fellow CEO Mr. Vahit Ezer-Hagemann studied engineering at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, with a focus on production engineering. Our backgrounds and accrued experience complement each other, making make us an ideal team.
2. How does your organization’s approach as a technical partner make it unique in supporting startups in the ESA BIC Northern Germany?
We are special insofar as we develop state-of-the-art solutions into products and services, which we manage and produce, ourselves, onsite in Bremen, all under one roof. Our belief is that a solid foundation is the most important aspect of “starting-up” and remaining successful. We have experience in this respect, as AES began as an idea, which we have effectively turned into a thriving well-respected company. We have been in business for over 25 years. 25 years of providing products, services and, using the expertise we have gained with electrical system integration, we began applying this to the aerospace sector in 2010.
3. Could you share any experience you had in working with startups, along with success stories or examples of previous collaborations with startups or entrepreneurs?
Our previous collaborative ventures include the design and layout, of electrical systems. This incorporates electrical engineering, system definition, product development through to component selection and qualification, amongst other elements.We have collaborated with a range of different institutes, namely: The HHI Berlin (Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute)
- The IFAM Bremen (Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials)
- The University of Bremen
- The University of Applied Sciences Bremen
Additionally, satellite harness design and integration competence based on ECSS, the European Cooperation for Space Standardisation.
Our projects have included investigating the production process for aluminium harnesses used in satellites, funded by BMWi, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
4. As a technical partner, what kinds of innovative ideas and unique perspectives are you excited to explore with start-ups at the ESA BIC Northern Germany?
Groundbreaking ideas and new perspectives are fundamentally part of our business. We keep ourselves open to exploring new and exciting ideas. In saying that we are happy to discuss the possibility and explore the outcome.
5. What qualities or strengths does your organization value in startups to form successful and meaningful collaborations?
As previously mentioned, a solid foundation is essential to success, and thus plays an important role in creating meaningful collaboration. At the beginning, a new “idea” is just that, an idea, which requires experience to transform it into something with potential. That is where we come in, and we ask ourselves; could this emerge as a win-win situation for both parties?
6. Do you have any advice for startups who are working with space technologies?
Perseverance. Starting a company is hard work; transforming ideas into realities takes time. Additionally, most of the big setbacks are temporary. Some of the best success grows out of not getting it right the first time. In turn, this keeps us here at AES open to finding new opportunities and creative solutions.
Find out more about AES in this video.
AES Aircraft Elektro/Elektronik System GmbH specialises in the development of complete electrical systems in aircraft. The product portfolio ranges from LED lighting systems and power supplies to communication and information systems for aircraft cabins. With its services in the field of aircraft technology, which include integral electrical design, qualification and certification consulting and support, AES is present on the market as a solution provider for holistic systems.
About ESA BIC Northern Germany
The Incubation Centre of the European Space Agency in Northern Germany (ESA BIC Northern Germany) is headquartered jointly with the Bremen aeronautics and space industries association AviaSpace Bremen at the BITZ, the largest innovation and technology centre for high-tech companies and startups in Bremen. The ESA BIC Northern Germany brings new startup opportunities to the region and thus strengthens the aeronautics and space sector in the German federal state of Bremen. AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. supports the incubatees with its network, public relations work and targeted coaching not only during the incubation period, but also afterwards as alumni. Starthaus is the central point of contact in the Bremen startup ecosystem and supports the startups on all issues relating to business development and financing. The ESA BIC Northern Germany is managed by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO), an international networking and branding company for the European space programmes that also manages ESA BIC Bavaria with three locations in southern Germany.
Since 2021, ESA BIC Northern Germany has also been offering its service to space-related startups in Schleswig-Holstein. The Technikzentrum Lübeck with GATEWAY49, AviaSpace Bremen and AZO jointly operate this extension of ESA BIC Northern Germany. There are also plans to extend ESA BIC Northern Germany to the northern German federal states of Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Berlin-Brandenburg.
The technical Support of the ESA BIC Northern Germany, is offered by Fraunhofer IFAM, DFKI, AWI, Bremen University, ZARM, Airbus, ArianeGroup, AES, DSI, and OHB