NO LIMITS: AN INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP TO COMMERCIALISE SPACE ACCESS
Astrosat and the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber in a European-US cooperation are looking for commercially viable business applications for missions in Low Earth Orbit which can use the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser for purposes that look beyond Earth observation and cargo delivery. Application ideas should focus on the future of space exploration, aiming for a greater understanding of our Universe and/or supporting developments regarding destinations like the Moon, Mars, or other distant targets in space, ideally to the benefit of Earth. Suggestions include using SNC Dream Chaser…
- to support other commercial space businesses in low Earth orbit,
- as a space science platform to advance the deep space gateway,
- to collect commercial Earth observation data with benefits over using satellites,
- to support in-space manufacturing for commercial applications or
- for services linked to next generation space station operations and manufacture.
Together, Astrosat and the Chamber are seeking proposals to use the SNC Dream Chaser in a commercial, for-profit venture. Competitors should consider how existing infrastructure and expertise in Huntsville could be combined and Astrosat’s “Space as a Service” approach used to enable and enhance proposed missions with relevance for joint European-US space exploration activities.
The target groups for this challenge are international start-ups, SMEs, entrepreneurs, researchers, engineers, designers, universities and student teams.
The highest value of this prize is the partnership and access provided by the sponsors, Astrosat and the Huntsville Chamber. The winner will become part of this international team to advance the business proposition and support successful implementation of the winning concept. The winner will be able to take advantage of many opportunities currently under development by Astrosat and the Chamber to promote the business concept and identify partners and customers for its implementation. In addition, the winner will receive:
- Business analysis (valued at EUR 10,000) provided by Astrosat to apply the “Space as a Service” model, including analysis of opportunity, costings, critical partnerships and strategy.
- A trip to Huntsville (worth in total EUR 10,000 incl. travel, food, and accommodation) provided by the Huntsville Chamber and the Port of Huntsville for facilitated meetings with aerospace and technology companies, plus VIP tours of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and Cummings Research Park.
- Business incubation services (valued at EUR 15,000) incl. one year of office space provided by the University of Alabama Huntsville College of Business Administration and the Dorothy S. Davidson Invention to Innovation Center.
Entrants shall be evaluated by senior members from the Astrosat Innovation and Huntsville/Madison County Chamber teams, alongside independent evaluators appointed by the Space Exploration Masters. The evaluation criteria will be as follows:
- Relevance for space exploration
- Innovation/novelty/improvement on state of the art
- Benefits to end users
- Use of prize package
- Technology feasibility
- Market potential
- Effectiveness compared to current methods
Astrosat is a highly innovative space solutions services company based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Astrosat’s core belief is that any societal, business or engineering challenge can be solved or supported by space technologies – innovation, cooperation and technology transfer are the key. A 5-time winner of the Copernicus Masters and European Satellite Navigation Competition and prime contractor on multiple larger ESA, EC and UK Space Agency contracts, Astrosat is now working with Sierra Nevada and performing some activities on board of the International Space Station (ISS) to complement its global customer base.
- _Huntsville/Madison County Chamber
The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber in Alabama USA is the lead economic development organization for the aerospace industry hub and home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Known as The Rocket City, Huntsville is a recognized leader in propulsion for launch and space exploration and has a rich history in space science and applications, dating back to America’s first science satellite, Explorer 1.
- supported byEuropean Space Agency (ESA)
The European Space Agency is Europe’s gateway to Space.
Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA’s vision positions space exploration as a global endeavour, including missions to low Earth orbit, the Moon and Mars. It also aims to establish marketable space exploration initiatives and to boost socio-economic growth, job creation and added welfare.