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Winners of the Space Exploration Masters
Awards Ceremony 2018

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Space Exploration and the UN
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Submission is closed now and the 2nd edition of the Space Exploration Masters has culminated in a grand Awards Ceremony on 30 October in line with the Space for Inspiration Conference in Bilbao, Spain. In 2018, the innovation competition has attracted 132 new business ideas from 42 nations worldwide. Congratulations to all NewSpace explorers!

The Space Exploration Masters annually awards the best business ideas providing concrete business opportunities to strengthen the benefits of Space Exploration to society with products and services. Thus, its mission is to exploit the large potential offered by Space Exploration for the creation of innovative applications and solutions. Initiated by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2017, the Space Exploration Masters has become a main pillar to implement the goals of the ESA Space Exploration strategy.




“There’s never been a more exciting time in space exploration. […] when small companies can […] have their own space station. We believe seriously and passionately that we’re helping increase the access to space. […] How cool is that!”

Jeffrey Manber, CEO, NanoRacks

“When we go out and explore […] we need good technology, resilient systems and resources […]. Wherever we land we need […] your help […] to create benefits for the people on earth.”

ESA-Astronaut Matthias Maurer

“[…] Exploration and use of resources […] enabler for […] businesses. It has the potential to reshape the whole space-related economy”

Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg

“International and commercial cooperation is at the heart of
Europe’s space exploration vision”

David Parker, Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, ESA

“I discovered this excellent competition just a few days before the deadline. So pull together your idea and go for the win like I did! Take the first step to realize your dream for space!”

Mark Ciotola, CEO & Founder, SustainSpace (Overall Winner 2017)

“Every problem has a space solution”

Steve Lee, CEO, Astrosat