Where to find your Space Connection

Your guide to what makes a strong space connection
Spin in
A space connection can be defined as a "Spin in" when it refers to the creation of solutions for the space market. Also known as “upstream” market, it integrates the “new space” economy where space is no longer only an institutional activity but increasingly a commercial venture.
Spin out
A space connection can be a "Spin out" when it refers to the use of space technologies, data and systems in terrestrial or non-space applications. Also known as the space “downstream” market.
Spin In
Solutions for the space market

The upstream sector covers activities that lead to the development and deployment of space infrastructure, satellites and launchers.

During the previous decade, global satellite industry already experienced a significant expansion but the market for building, launching and operating satellites is expected to continue to rapidly rise in the next years. Space exploration is going from space telescopes and the International Space Station to space mining and human life in the Moon and Mars.

If you are looking into building a product in upstream sector of the space economy, there are exiting challenges ahead!


  • Development of pioneering technologies for satellites, launchers, ground stations, operations, manned spaceflight, etc.
  • Software, hardware, combination of software and hardware, materials, procedures and techniques, etc.
  • Solutions transferred from other sectors (e.g. automotive, manufacturing, energy)
Spin Out
Space solutions for non-space markets

Many of the technological innovations developed to explore space can be used in everyday applications, outside the space industry. ESA BIC Austria fosters new global businesses that leverage or integratetechnologies and expertise developed by ESA, the space industry and research and under European space programmes, to be used in non-space markets (e.g. logistics, agriculture, health). This approach gives back to the community the benefits of investing in space!


  • Earth Observation (e.g. Copernicus)
  • Navigation (e.g. Galileo, EGNOS)
  • Telecommunication
  • Technology Transfer (e.g. from national or European space industry)
  • ESA Patents

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