The commercialisation of the space business is rapidly advancing – in particular in the United States. The creation of new businesses with significant private capital investment, the deployment of new technologies and approaches, and the convergence with the information technology sector form the basis of what experts refer to as “NewSpace”. New companies are pursuing new approaches and business models. Fifty years ago, space activities were of pioneering influence on the emerging IT industry.
Can this approach be adopted in Germany? What are the success factors for NewSpace? What are the underlying business and financing models? How does NewSpace relate to the age of Industry 4.0 and digitalisation? What policy options exist for industry and institutions?