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Danish companies will grow into space

FORCE Technology and the Alexandra Institute are collaborating in a new space project, the aim of which is to increase the visibility of Danish companies and strengthen their potential for expanding their businesses in space.

The project includes both upstream and downstream activities, which are described in the new national space strategy, published in June 2016.

The space project is co-financed by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, so that the GTS institutes are able to help Danish companies take advantage of the many opportunities that exist in doing business based on space.

Small satellites – a market for Danish companies

The potential for business is unprecedented, partly because free access to observation data and positional data from satellites is available this year, and partly because the market for small satellites is growing strongly. This is a market where Danish companies can become well established, since development and launch costs, as well as development time are significantly less compared to the traditional launch of very large satellites. The lower development and launch costs create fertile ground for a new growth market for special-purpose satellites, where upstream and downstream stakeholders are more closely linked together in a significantly shorter development cycle.

Upstream and downstream product solutions

Upstream product solutions include equipment and components, which are sent into space and thus are exposed to a much harsher environment than the conditions we are more familiar with here on earth. Instruments and components must be able to withstand extreme G-forces during launch and they must function in space when they are exposed to huge temperature gradients from sun and shade, vacuum and cosmic radiation.

Downstream product solutions refer to the utilisation of data, which is made available from orbiting satellites. Most people know about satellite television and the GPS satnav system. The latest in this field is the new earth observation system, Copernicus, which provides free access to high-res images of the earth. Galileo is another system which will provide positional data just like the well-known GPS system. The first Galileo satellites are in orbit and the system is already offering data, even though it is not expected to be complete until 2019. The development of competencies, which companies can utilise to offer new services is a significant activity in the space project.

The results from the space project will be demonstrated in selected industry cases on an ongoing basis and disseminated through workshops and seminars in collaboration with the innovation cluster organisations Inno-pro/CenSec and InfinIT. The development activities cover a wide range, focusing on applications that can benefit Danish SMEs.

Alexandra Institute focusses primarily on downstream activities

Consulting on satellite-based data and opportunities for its utilisation

Software components and solutions for automated visual analysis

Software components for advanced positioning and tracking based on Galileo

Web-based data services for the increased accessibility of data and data analysis

Integration and application of satellite-based data and services in IoT and smart product solutions

Assistance in the development of software for concrete nanosatellite based solutions with focus on both upstream and downstream

FORCE Technology focusses primarily on upstream activities

Extreme testing facility for analysis and qualification of electronic hardware, e.g. in nanosatellites

Battery technologies suitable for use in extreme conditions, including in nanosatellites

Additive Manufacturing (AM), manufacture of weight and material optimised structural components

Quality assurance of AM components with the use of advanced inspection methods

FORCE Technology’s activities in the space project utilise competencies from the recent merger between FORCE Technology and the former DELTA. The project builds further on our many years of experience in space technology

Seminars and workshops

FORCE Technology and the Alexandra Institute participated in the Copernicus Workshop  in Aarhus on 9 March 2017.

The project kick-off event  was held in the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen on 23 March 2017.

Further information

The space project, which is part of the performance contract 2016-2018, will run for two years and will finish at the end of 2018. Companies who are interested in the project and who would like more information, can contact:

Thomas Aaboe Jensen, Programme Manager at FORCE Technology, tel.: +45 43 25 00 00 /e-mail: taj@force.dk orTejs Scharling, Project Manager at the Alexandra Institute tel.: +45 70 27 70 12 /e-mail: tejs.Scharling@alexandra.dk.

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