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ESA BIC HOSTmi: Match space payloads to best flight opportunities

28/01/2019 267 views 0 likes
ESA / Applications / Telecommunications & Integrated Applications / Technology Transfer

ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg start-up company HOSTmi global online space market place finds best flight opportunities for space experiments and payloads. Meet HOSTmi at the 10th ESA Investment Forum in ESOC 31 January 2019.

Matching payload and flight opportunities
Matching payload and flight opportunities

With “New Space” the conservative agency business is changing rapidly into a commercial business. Many start-ups are founded globally in the space market with exciting new products and services.

Satellites with all sizes – from very small satellites so called CubeSats, up to big scaled satellites – are built frequently by newcomers and established companies.

Nevertheless, the current space market is still very costly, offers no transparency and is complex.

The key to success will be the disruption of the current space market through the transition from conservative value chains to a modern, customer-oriented value network.

New tools must be introduced into the market to overcome these barriers. One of these tools is platform economy.


HOSTmi – One-Stop-Shop broker for best match between payloads and flight opportunities
By standardizing the communication channel and the matchmaking process between payload customers and service providers globally, HOSTmi introduces a digital platform model known from Uber, Airbnb or, but unknown to the space market yet.

Transparency combined with high usability accelerates processes to a maximum, offers real-time information, saves resources and spending and decreases complexity to a minimum.

The HOSTmi web platform will create a win-win network for mutual benefit naturally serving both demand and supply side by handy facilitation of the matchmaking process between clients and suppliers. Clients can use search criteria to define requirements relating to both the space experiment or payload and the flight opportunity in details.

HOSTmi, in turn, provides the secure infrastructure and centralized supplier offers in contract to the highly fragmented offers in today´s space market. Moreover the platform provides access to mission-critical support services of top-tier independent third-parties, such as centralized technical support, finance and insurance packages as a One-Stop-Shop.

Match payloads with satellites and flight opportunities by HOSTmi 6 steps
Match payloads with satellites and flight opportunities by HOSTmi 6 steps

HOSTmi is hosted at ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg at its Darmstadt business incubation site for a period of two years to kick-off their business.

10th ESA Investment Forum 
HOSTmi will participate to the 10th ESA Investment Forum 31 January 2019.

The ESA Investment Forum is an ESA space solutions event organized by ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Hessen and Baden-Württemberg in partnership with with High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH and Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) 

The aim is to foster investments in start-ups operating in the space domain as well as within related application domains, downstream as well as upstream. It provides a platform for networking as well as matchmaking between innovative space start-ups and investors.

ESA BICs - World's largest ecosystem for space-related entrepreneurship

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Hessen and Baden-Württemberg is part of the ESA space solutions network of 20 ESA BICs throughout Europe.

The centres are operated under ESA’s Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Programme Office (TTPO) with the European network of Technology Transfer Brokers. Together they offer access to all aspects of space-related innovation, technology and intellectual properties and is a gateway to ESA and European space research and developments.

The 20 ESA BICs in 17 European countries – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and UK – are forming the largest ecosystem in the world for space-related entrepreneurship. The 21th centre is soon to open in Northern Germany and more centres are already under preparation.

Over 700 start-ups have been fostered and another near 180 new start-ups are taken in yearly at the ESA BICs to be supported under the two-years business development boosting programme.