The European Space Companies Consortium (ESSC) is building a value chain of European space companies to be used to implement and assist space infrastructure missions and operations.
The are four main parts of the ESC:
Determining, refining and monitoring the strategy of building a value chain of European Space Companies that together are supply-chains or infrastructure for the space industry.
Networking (selecting space start-ups, companies and individuals), Strategic Partnering, and Acquisitions, including Investing in European companies.
Ensuring all companies involved can be integrated, via technology, hardware, software and sharing of commercial strategies.
Primarily ocussing on large international investors; funds, institutions, large strategic investors.
Europe is no stranger to exploring new worlds and provding the funding for great ventures.
Now International and European Investors can provide capital for space companies and benefit from new markets and downstream technology transfers.
Europe is seeing a massive growth in new space companies, based on:
The small satellite market is growing, based on research (e.g. Universities who wish to conduct experiments in zero gravity), and also the need for small nations to have their own orbital surveillance and earth observations capability.
Be it re-usable rockets or stratospheric balloons deployable anywhere in the world, low-cost launch services outside of the jurisdiction of the US will have a massive list of clients; developing countries that wish to launch satellites that cater to their geographical requirements.
This sector is more software than hardware, and includes companies that are improving navigation, interpreting downstream satellite data for new B2C and B2B applications, supporting NGOs in remote locations, and even building a new layer of sophistication into drones.
Industry 4.0 meets Space 2.0 is the mixing of autonomous robots operating in harsh space environments to build up and even repair space infrastructure, this includes satellite maintenance and observation, cleaning up space debris, and in time, building space bases.