Entrepreneurship in the Space Industry
Asteroid Foundation and SnT (University of Luxembourg) joined forces to bring a special SpaceConnectsUs event on 29 October 2020. The speaker was Charles Beames, Executive Chair of York Space Systems and Chair of the SmallSat Alliance. Using his experience at York, a leader in commercial satellite design and manufacturing, Charles discusses the future of space entrepreneurship with the students of University’s Interdisciplinary Space Master’s (ISM) programme.
This innovative program balances business and technology. From rocket science to the management of space businesses, these students acquire various skills in the Luxembourg space industry sector and develop the entrepreneurial mind-set required to be successful in the emerging space industry.
Charles took questions from the students, offered advice on entering the commercial space market place as an entrepreneur, and then listened to a presentation from Dr Jan Thoemel, who manages the CubeSat Lab at the University of Luxembourg. After describing the goals of the CubeSat programme, Thoemel introduced two of the 3rd semester ISM students, who described their project to design and build a CubeSat to measure soil moisture and perform other Earth observations.
About the speaker:
Charles Beames is currently the Executive Chair of York Space Systems, a leader in commercial satellite design and manufacturing. He is also Chair of the SmallSat Alliance, an organization advocating for the future of this remarkably evolving industry, and an active early-stage investor in the entrepreneurial space. A core contributor to Forbes science, his focus is on the promise of this new growth sector and what the proliferation of this new space movement means for industry stakeholders across the board.
Charles has also has participated in Asteroid Day LIVE here in Luxembourg in 2019.
To read more about Charles, click here.
Interdisciplinary Space Master at the University of Luxembourg
SnT and the Faculty of Science, Technology, and Medicine jointly launched the Interdisciplinary Space Master (ISM) in the autumn of 2019, with the support of the Luxembourg Space Agency. This two-year programme offers students a unique project-based learning experience and strong links with national stakeholders, including industry. ISM alumni are equipped with technical and business abilities enabling them to enter the space sector with confidence upon graduation.
About the University of Luxembourg:
The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #12 in the Young University Ranking 2019 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.
Find out more about the University of Luxembourg by visiting their website.
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg conducts internationally competitive research in information and communication technology. In addition to long-term, high-risk research, SnT engages in demand-driven collaborative projects with industry and the public sector through its Partnership Program. The resulting concepts present a genuine, long-lasting competitive advantage for companies in Luxembourg and beyond.
Read more about SnT here.
About Asteroid Foundation:
Asteroid Foundation was formed in 2017 with a mission to promote worldwide awareness of asteroid opportunities and challenges, and the emerging space economy. The Asteroid Foundation undertakes programmes and activities to support scientists, engineers and students around the world providing free educational tools, newsletters, original articles and resources year round. Annually, the Foundation organizes events surrounding international Asteroid Day–a United Nations recognized day of education and awareness observed on 30 June.
Read more about Asteroid Foundation’s programs on their website and visit their Flickr account to see pictures from previous events.
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