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BlueSpace: space technology innovation in Flanders

‘BlueSpace’ is a new incubation program set up by Flanders-based nanotech and chip technology research center imec, aerospace company Verhaert and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research VITO. The aim: to boost innovation in space technology. 

Inspiration for innovation

Many existing technologies and innovations have their origins in space. The investments made in space technology generate added value when they are used in new Earth-based projects. Sven De Cleyn, imec.istart program manager: “High-tech spin-offs are the future of Flanders. We see great opportunities in the use of space technologies. With BlueSpace, we want to support new initiatives that apply these opportunities.”

Off to a flying start

The incubation program offers coaching, technological expertise and facilities to entrepreneurs. Steven Krekels, Unit Manager VITO Remote Sensing: “Europe is investing billions in programs such as the satellite-based navigation system Galileo and the earth observation program Copernicus. It is our mission to valorize those investments for Flanders.”

Successful take-off

BlueSpace offers support at different locations in Flanders, with Antwerp as its main base. From 13 to 17 March 2017, the consortium hosted the ‘Space4Earth Innovation Week’, a collaboration with the University of Antwerp. During this week, graduate students in product development identified new applications for space technology. In May, BlueSpace will launch its first open call for new incubation projects.

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23 March 2017

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