With Copernicus entering its operational phase and Copernicus data freely available from next year on, opens many windows of opportunities and forms an outstanding basis to develop new applications. The recent publication of the EC-proposal for the Copernicus regulation for the period post 2014 paves the way for the next decade. Still, Europe’s space systems are too little known across society and the data as such can often not immediately be used but needs additional services or analysis. Space tends for many people to be an unknown and risky sector to engage and invest in.

To have more success stories across Europe demands a more comprehensive approach pooling different resources: more Outreach/Awareness raising activities at a European scale showing best practices but overall a strategic use of existing (SME)-support structures and programs to help young space entrepreneurs and stimulate investments. Companies like “komoot”[1] would often not possible without strong public support. The interviewees emphasized the great support by their region Brandenburg (Germany) that helped them to build the company. The dimension of space has to be brought increasingly into SME-policies and Innovation approaches and relevant programs exploited for purposes of space endeavors.

We like to invite you to use the NEREUS-platform to introduce us to space success stories from your region and wish you a pleasant read,


Kind regards,

Roya Ayazi


[1] (the one we present in this edition)