Seldom has the term "star guest" been more fitting than when applied to astronaut Thomas Reiter, who is taking to the stage for Software AG under the banner “Space 4.0 - From Space to Business" to launch a startup competition for young companies.
At 3.15 p.m. on Tuesday 21 March, Thomas Reiter, who visited both the Russian space station MIR and the International Space Station (ISS) as an astronaut, is joining representatives from the worlds of aerospace, business and politics as a star guest in a panel discussion hosted by Software AG. True to its motto, "Space 4.0 – From Space to Business", the event - which is open to all CeBIT visitors - will mark the launch of a startup competition. The competition is aimed at up-and-coming companies that want to use satellite data to get into business.
The European Space Agency (ESA), which like Software AG is based in Darmstadt, Germany, captures this satellite data as part of the COPERNICUS program and provides it free of charge. As a genuine field of application for IoT, aerospace engineering is the basis for the digital innovations of tomorrow. For example, satellite data already plays a key role in the implementation of innovative business ideas. The FabSpace 2.0 network, a joint project between Technische Universität Darmstadt and cesah, the business incubator of the ESA, offers interested parties access to the satellite data of Europe's COPERNICUS program. During the press conference with Reiter, Software AG is joining FabSpace 2.0 to showcase this initiative, which gives innovative companies the opportunity to utilize satellite data.