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Escaping the intense heat of tropical Zurich Nanja did the right thing: she visited the IGLUNA "habitat in ice" field campaign of the ESA Lab in Zermatt and was fascinated by the variety of projects that have been realised by 20 student teams from 13 universities coming from 9 different countries. Goal of these projects is "demonstrating key enabling technologies for life support in frozen worlds”. Some of these projects could well qualify as future ESA BIC CH applicants.
IGLUNA and the ESA Lab is coordinated by the Swiss Space Center - on behalf of ESA.

Amongst the pictures you also find some of ESA BIC CH supported start-ups attending the world-leading aerospace exhibition Le Bourget, upon invitation of the Paris Air Show. From a total of 10 European ESA BIC start-ups, 3 were invited from Switzerland: TwingTec (alumni), Flybotix and Involi. They much appreciated the opportunity.

ESA BIC CH has a new team member! Michael Gschweitl
who will from now on be supporting our start-ups in his role as Technical Lead. His educational background is in engineering and material science, with 10+ years of industry experience working for companies like Bombardier and RUAG Space.
A couple of milestone meetings took place this month as well and we followed the progress of our start-ups and were content with the results.

Previous week we were visited by Martin Polak from Planet, our speaker for the next Demo Day, that will take place on September 26th in Kraftwerk Selnau in Zurich (save the date in your diaries!).
Martin is a great and highly experienced speaker and you can already look forward to an inspiring keynote speech by him!


ESA BIC CH Start-up: Klepsydra

Innovative software engineering, inspired by high-frequency trading techniques from the financial sector, to modernize on-board computing capabilities in space, aerospace and robotics.

Benefits associated with this solution:
  • Faster data processing
  • Reduced development time
  • Significant increase in stability and scalability
  • Complex problems become notably easier to solve
  • Platform independent and lightweight
  • Negligible adoption costs
  • Add-ons for robotics, aerospace, space and rapid development.
They recently were finalists at NASA iTech.

Learn more here.


ESA News

In the context of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this picture was taken in the early hours of 21 July 1969, shortly after Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong safely touched down on the lunar surface.
The picture shows Buzz Aldrin setting up a seismograph.

Did you know that Switzerland was involve in the conquest of the moon as well?
Johann Geiss, the head of the university´s physics institute at the University of Bern conducted one of the few scientific experiments authorised by NASA during the Apollo 11 mission. He and his team designed an aluminium sail capable of capturing particles carried by the solar wind. This sail was stuck into the lunar soil by Buzz Aldrin just before raising the American flag.
Geiss, now 92, is still active at the International Space Science Institute in Bern.

After two and a half hours of work on the lunar surface and a following seven-hour rest in the lunar module, Neil and Buzz lifted off the lunar surface again.

Read more here.


Start-up updates:

  • ClearSpace signed a contract with the satellite constellation provider OneWeb for the phase 0 of a PPP (public private partnership).
  • Cysec hired several people to be able to deliver the growing number of orders from the financial market.
  • Drone Harmony reached a milestone of 50,000 installations of their mobile application. 
  • Fixposition pitched their technology to Ford and appeared on CCTV in China.
  • Flybotix and Touchless Automation completed a roadshow in China upon invitation by Venture Leaders China 2019.
  • GRZ Technologies passed into the Top 15 of the "New Energy Challenge" by Shell, Rockstart, YES!Delft and Get in the Ring.
  • Ligentec (ESA BIC CH alumni) launched a new image video.
  • Menhir Photonics received their first commercial order.

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