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Gold sponsors

The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)

 

EUMETSAT is an intergovernmental organisation and was founded in 1986. Our purpose is to supply weather and climate-related satellite data, images and products – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – to the National Meteorological Services of our Member States in Europe, and other users worldwide.

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OIP Sensor Systems was founded in 1919 and quickly established a reputation as a high-tech optical manufacturer. Based in Oudenaarde, OIP Sensor Systems has pioneered in electro-optical technologies, such as fibre optics, lasers, night vision  and holography. In the ‘80ies, a Space Department was created, which has been involved in the design, development and manufacture of optical instruments for space applications, such as imaging spectrometers for planetary and earth observation, cameras for navigation and instrumentation for science missions.

The “Space Research and Applications” directorate is responsible for managing Belgium’s space programme on a daily basis, both on a European and bilateral level.

Belgium has been active in the space sector for the past thirty years and was at the origin of the foundation of the European Space Agency (ESA). The directorate manages all the space programmes, i.e. space sciences, earth observation, navigation, telecommunications, international space station, exploration, launchers, technology and science programmes.

For this purpose, it is in permanent contact with the industrial and scientific world to ensure its maximum involvement in these different programmes. Special attention is given to the development of products with a high technological value, ensuring a maximum return on investment in terms of our country’s financial help.

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is in charge of implementing Belgium's foreign policy. Its mission is to serve, defend and promote the interests of Belgium and Belgians abroad, to stimulate the coherence of the country's actions on the international scene and to coordinate Belgium's European policy as a federal country. The FPS works towards a secure, just and prosperous world.

Aerospacelab in a Belgian company based in Louvain-La-Neuve and Leuven, currently counting more than 60 employees.

Aerospacelab delivers near real-time data and intelligence, based on proprietary high-resolution satellite imagery and external sources. The company develops both hardware (satellites, subsystems, and components) and software to extract information from satellite data.

Aerospacelab recruits young talents in various technical fields, wanting to unleash their full potential and have a real positive impact on our society.

The Walloon public Service - Research (SPW Recherche) is the legal administration in charge of funding applied research for new technologies and energy for industries, academia and research centres, as well as of related international scientific co-operation. It is therefore the key advisory body for the Regional government authorities involving research and innovation policy. The “Research and Technological Development” department supports, amongst others, all Walloon space research and applications projects. 

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Sponsors

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Silver sponsors

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Space Applications Services is privately owned, with its head office close to Brussels (BE), a subsidiary company, Aerospace Applications North America, in Houston (USA) and project teams at various other work locations (NL/DE/USA). Space Applications Services is EN 9100 certified.

We have recently celebrated 30 years of experience and success in the space business in developing systems for the European Space Agency (ESA), National Space Agencies, the aerospace industry as well as for the security markets industries.

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Wallonie Espace is an association gathering 36 industries and universities concerned by Space research and development in Wallonia and Brussels. Its members are actively demonstrating expertise and excellence in various fields and with specific applications of Space technology, such as equipment for satellite payloads, launchers, system exploitation, space applications, etc. In 2017, Wallonie Espace represented some 1800 employees and a turnover of 360 M€. 

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Vitrociset Belgium S.R.L., part of the Leonardo Group, is one of the most important actors in the field of Space in Belgium. With around 160 employees in 6 countries, Vitrociset Belgium has business in all space domains, from space exploration to navigation, earth observation and finally security. Vitrociset collaborates daily with the European Space Agency for, among other tasks, coordinating scientific experiments to be launched the International Space Station, train the astronauts for future space missions or define the new missions coming in the next 20 years. Vitrociset has also the mandate to deploy and maintain the Galileo ground stations around the world ensuring the continuous and high performance provision of the service.
Young engineers participate in our R&D activities of our Engineering and Innovation Department, especially for what concerns space communication security, satellite-based services, Human Space Exploration and Earth Observation, collaborating with major European research Institutes.
At Vitrociset Belgium S.R.L., Taking Care of Our People is a top priority. We develop our talent by offering programs and activities to support career-growth, professional development, and skill enhancement. From the Engineer's Trainees to the Senior profiles, we give to everyone amazing future prospects.
The company is dynamic giving the possibility to travel all over the world and evolving in an international culture, young and inclusive, with a total of 24 nationalities among its employees.
We work to make Space accessible in a secure and innovative way to everyone.

BELGOSPACE is the Belgian association of space industry, gathering the majority of Belgian companies and research centers active in the field of space technology.
BELGOSPACE was created in 1962 at the request of the Government to satisfy the need for coordination of the ELDO and ESRO activities. Since Belgospace has become the industry forum where common business problems and the main options relative to the strategy that Belgium should adopt in the space domain, are discussed.
BELGOSPACE represents more than 2,000 high-value direct jobs.

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AMOS has been designing and manufacturing high-accuracy optical, mechanical and opto-mechanical systems for more than 35 years.

 Our main achievements are:

  • large telescopes for ground-based astronomy

  • advanced optics for more than 40 Earth Observation and Space Science missions

  • high-precision ground support equipment and test facilities for space instruments

AMOS has recently developed a range of advanced compact and lightweight multi- and hyperspectral imagers to address the New Space market.

Our company has most of its customers in Europe (ESA, ESO, AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE, THALES ALENIA SPACE, OHB, …), in the United States (AURA), in India (ISRO, PRL, ARIES), and has recently expanded its business in countries like China, Turkey and Russia.

We are continuously hiring to reinforce our team of 110 highly skilled and passionate workers, engineers and PhD’s in order to design, build and test state-of-the-art ground based and space based optical instruments in our pleasant work environment in the south of Liège.

SPACEBEL is a Belgian Space systems & software engineering company operating in the Space & Earth monitoring applications sectors.

 

We are specializing in: Small satellite solutions for Earth observation On board software systems for satellites and space vehicles Satellite simulators Ground systems for control and mission centres Geospatial information systems and services.

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Antwerp Space is a leading company in Belgium, active in the field of satellite communications. It is part of OHB SE, a European Space and Technology group that currently employs over 2700 people.

Antwerp Space's core business is in the delivery of satellite communication-, navigation- and radar subsystems/equipment as well as customized products for scientific, exploration and telecommunication missions.

The company activities are located in Antwerp since 1962, when it was founded as part of Bell Telephone.

Our growing team is formed by highly skilled engineers and PhDs from all over the world!

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Become the next space entrepreneur with ESA Space Solutions Belgium!

Are you interested in developing your own space-enabled application? Do you have a great idea about a terrestrial product which could benefit from space technology? Or are you thinking of starting a business powered by satellite data? Come talk to us to discover the opportunities proposed by ESA Space Solutions Belgium.

Verhaert and Galaxia Space Innovation bundle their activities to bring space and other sectors closer together. ESA Space Solutions Belgium makes the bridge between technology transfer and business incubation. In this way, innovations are fed and marketed in an interesting way.

ESA Space Solutions Belgium gives Belgian entrepreneurs a boost to innovate with space technology. Entrepreneurs that want to use space technology or know-how receive financial support up to €35.000 to set up feasibility studies or demonstration projects. You can also access our incubation program which is aimed at boosting start-ups with €50.000 working with space technology on new solutions. Or perhaps you are interested in a kick-start program from ESA Business Application offering up to €60.000 to jump-start your project.

We will help you on your way to find the best opportunities to become Belgium’s next space entrepreneur!

Discover more exciting opportunities at https://spacesolutions.be/

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With over 50 years of business experience, IDELUX Développement, the sustainable economic development agency of the province of Luxembourg, provides support to entrepreneurs who choose to do business in the Belgian Luxembourg. It manages 51 business parks which one is dedicated to space, Galaxia, and 40 relay halls,3 business centres and a business area (8 halls), providing a total of 100,000 m² of office and work space available to companies. These parks are currently home to some 650 companies employing around 13,000 people.

Bronze sponsors

EUROSENSE is a prominent commercial and highly specialised remote sensing organization, founded in 1964. Besides profound experience in aerial photogrammetry, digital orthophotography, cartography, hydrography, GIS and other products and services in a broad range of applications, EUROSENSE has built a high credibility in the processing of satellite remote sensing data.

EUROSENSE employs a staff of about 135 highly specialised members and provides information for the growing needs of managers, planners and decision makers from sectors such as agriculture, environment, security and urban planning.

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Lambda-X: Based on in-depth optical expertise, system engineering, certified production processes and clean room infrastructure, Lambda-X creates and manufactures optical systems for Space & security, Industrial and medical applications.

Covered activities: Service Engineering related to Optical products: Innovation management - R&D – Prototyping – Pre-serial productions & Qualification – Serial productions – User support.

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Celestia Antwerp is a Belgian company and is part of the Celestia Technologies Group. Celestia Antwerp’s core business delivers satellite communication solutions, systems and products for the ground segment. Celestia Antwerp operates both on the commercial and institutional markets, supporting space agency programmes as well as industrial company projects worldwide.

Our activities have been located in Antwerp since 1962, when it was founded as part of Bell Telephone.

The company employs about 15 people and target to double our activities in 3 years! Most of our team are highly skilled engineers and technicians, the majority of which hold an engineering degree, with strong expertise in the areas of digital signal processing, hardware and software design and in the management and technical lead of complex projects.

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Planet is the leading provider of global, near-daily satellite imagery data and insights. Planet is driven by a mission to image all of Earth's landmass every day, and make global change visible, accessible and actionable. Founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists, Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest earth observation fleet of satellites, and provides the online software, tools and analytics needed to deliver data to users. Interested in working with Planet? Check out our careers page for open positions. To learn morevisit www.planet.com and follow us on Twitter at @planetlabs.

Through its longstanding ESA and defense heritage, QinetiQ's space business in Belgium offers the design, build, launch, and operation of complex space infrastructures, ground stations, subsystems, and satellites. The PROBA remote sensing satellites are designed and built at our facilities, where today we deliver entire satellites and major satellite equipment including on-board computers, remote terminal units, mass memories, space mechanisms, advanced electric propulsion systems, and radio transceivers to enable the most demanding space missions. QinetiQ also offers affordable high performance sovereign satellite intelligence systems for commercial and reconnaissance applications based on our heritage design.

From our site in Kruibeke, Belgium, where we have a new state-of-the-art cleanroom, we also develop life support systems solutions to enable long-time space crewed missions; science and microgravity equipment for experiments on the International Space Station; baffles for telescopes like Cheops and Euclid; and docking systems, like the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM), which allows two spacecraft to get together in space.

BAG aims to federate, to promote and to defend the aeronautical related industries, research centers and other entities in the Brussels Region:

  • Promote Aeronautical business in the Brussels-Capital Region

  • Promote the collaboration between its members

  • Facilitate relations between Brussels-Capital Public Authorities and the aeronautical sector in the Region

  • Promote the impact of Aeronautical Industry on economy, employment, R&D and education in the Brussels-Capital Region

  • Promote new activities (industrial, engineering, research allowing to develop these impacts.

  • The BAG is a non-profit association, sister of the Flanders

Aeronautical Group (FLAG) in Flanders and the Entreprises Wallones de l'Aéronautique (EWA) in Wallonia. The BAG intends to expand the number of members including universities, research centers, industries.

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