Open Cosmos Announce Call to Orbit Competition

02 Oct, 2018
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Open Cosmos and the European Space Agency partner to enable space applications and technologies to reach orbit.

Bremen, Germany, October 2, 2018 – Open Cosmos and ESA are launching “Call to Orbit”, a competition that will allow a diverse range of organizations to put their technologies and service-oriented applications into orbit.  Winners of the competition will be awarded access to Open Cosmos’ orbit readiness program for free, alongside support from ESA, allowing them to go from concept to orbit readiness in three months using Open Cosmos’ beeInnovative and beeReady services. Once ready, launch opportunities will become available both under ESA programs and others where Open Cosmos is involved providing in orbit demonstration and validation services, taking advantage of Open Cosmos’ beeOrbital service.

This opportunity is open to all kind of space applications and technologies from remote sensing to telecommunication and navigation.

For companies with space-based applications at a proof-of-concept level, whether relying on an innovative payload, data analytics, or a combination of both, Open Cosmos is now offering access to its mission design software and satellite hardware platform to get ready to access the market.

The services offered through the Call To Orbit competition are:

  1. beeInnovate: Free subscription to Open Cosmos’ beeApp online software platform including: mission simulation and analysis, and optimisation.
  2. beeReady: 2 months free lease for Open Cosmos’ satellite qualification platform to develop, integrate and qualify space technologies.
  3. beeOrbital: Successful candidates will be considered for a full end-to-end mission and in-orbit demonstration through our partnership with the Pioneer SAPION program.


The Call To Orbit competition will reduce the amount of time and money needed to get a satellite-based business off the ground, especially for companies developing new technologies or validating the commercial potential of a new application.

“Until now, many research institutions, companies and start-ups found it difficult to mature their technology to meet their customers’ time-to-market needs. Today, Open Cosmos gives the opportunity to be ready for launch within 3 months.” said ESA’s DG during the announcement.

“This initiative and Open Cosmos call is an excellent demonstration of the values our space solutions network generates throughout Europe thanks to  our 20 ESA Business Incubation Centers and 16 Technology Brokers,” said Frank M. Salzgeber, Head of ESA Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office.

“Our ESA BICs have boosted more than 650 new companies in Europe taking in another  160 startup yearly”

Accepted projects will benefit from Open Cosmos’ set of tools to speed up early design processes and enable progressing to higher technical development levels.

“This opportunity supported by ESA continues our ongoing efforts to democratise the use of space missions as a tool to solve big global challenges,” said Rafel Jorda, CEO of Open Cosmos. “With this Call to Orbit we want to make sure that anyone with useful space technologies or space  applications can bring them to orbit benefiting from Open Cosmos fast and affordable space missions. ”

The present Call To Orbit will be open for one full year. Applications will be accepted from 1st of October 2018. For more information regarding qualification and conditions for eligibility, visit our website:

About Open Cosmos

Open Cosmos is ESA’s designated Space Mission Provider that provides services as a one-stop-shop to orbit. We offer simple and affordable space missions to help companies solve the world’s biggest challenges. We enable companies across a wide range of industries to use space technologies as a tool by removing three main space access barriers: time-consuming paperwork, expensive technology, and overall costs.

About The Technology Transfer Programme

Since the early 2000s, the Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office (TTPO) has been seeking entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in using space technologies or developing applications to create new products and services in a non-space environment. Born as support to Europe’s space programmes, several technological innovations have turned out to be key to successful solutions for terrestrial markets. The transfers from Space to Earth enhance the know-how and competitiveness of Europe by creating new startup companies and leading to new jobs and growth. The lines of business at TTPO are: the ESA Business Incubation Centers, the Technology Transfer Broker Network, the Intellectual Properties (IPs), as well as the support to the investment.

About ESA Business Incubation Centres (BIC)

The ESA Business Incubation Centres’ goal is to create jobs and develop regional economies via the ESA BICs programme in its Member States. Nurtured by ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) in 2000, the BIC turns space-connected business ideas into commercial companies, and provides technical expertise and business-development support.