European Space Agency and Dassault Systèmes to Jointly Support Space Startups

Letter of intent is looking to extend an existing collaboration between ESA Business Incubation Center (ESA BIC) Bavaria and Dassault Systèmes in Germany to ESA BICs across Europe.

Letter of intent is looking to extend an existing collaboration between ESA Business Incubation Center (ESA BIC) Bavaria and Dassault Systèmes in Germany to ESA BICs across Europe.

European startups to benefit from Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, 3DEXPERIENCE Lab mentoring, and networking support. Image courtesy of Dassault.

Dassault Systèmes and the European Space Agency (ESA) announce a signed letter of intent to support the European community for innovation in the “new space” sector—commercialization of space driven by private companies. The announcement was made during the “New Space Networking” event held at Dassault Systèmes’ headquarters in France to kick off Paris Space Week.

The two organizations will collaborate to accelerate new space startups within ESA’s Business Incubation Centers (BICs) network in Europe by providing them with technology, mentoring and networking support to develop innovations. The agreement is looking to build upon an existing partnership established in Germany in 2022 between ESA BIC Bavaria and Dassault Systèmes, with a view to extend it to other ESA BICs. 

Dassault Systèmes—through its 3DEXPERIENCE Lab open innovation laboratory—and ESA will provide startups within the ESA BIC network with access to Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud. The platform offers new ways to conceptualize, design, manufacture, test, certify and sustain new space vehicles. Startups will have access applications to engineer their projects in a 3D virtual environment, and streamline collaboration within teams and with a network of mentors worldwide.

“The ESA BIC network has supported over 1,300 startups and in the Directorate for Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement it is our objective to further support these companies in their journey of scaling-up through building bridges with corporate partners, investors and internally with other ESA Programs. In the agency we are also learning from them in adopting a new space approach to shape the space ecosystem of tomorrow,” says Geraldine Naja, Director for Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement, ESA. 

“We are at the forefront of a huge wave of innovation in space. Ten years from now, we will have more than 10 times the number of satellites orbiting the earth.  As the democratization of space opens up new possibilities in these areas, this race to innovate is thriving across new space startups in Europe. Our collaboration with ESA will enable these startups to accelerate the design, manufacturing, testing and operation of breakthrough technologies driving a new global space economy,” says David Ziegler, vice president Aerospace & Defense Industry, Dassault Systèmes. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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