ICE Cubes inauguration event – 12/07/2018

ICE Cubes inauguration event – 12/07/2018

What an inspirational evening yesterday 12-Jul at the inauguration event of our ICE Cubes Service at our Space Applications Services premises in Brussels celebrating the kick-off of this first-in-Europe space access service for research & technology.

Mr Richard Aked, Managing Director of Space Applications Services and Dr Hilde Stenuit, Marketing and Business Developer for ICE Cubes opened and closed the series of talks explaining the unique value characteristics of the ICE Cubes service: fast, direct, simple, cost-efficient, regular launches, return capability and real-time interaction capability at any time for the customers with their space experiment cube.

Mr David Parker ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration and Mr Bernhard Hufenbach ESA Strategy and Innovation passed on inspirational messages on ESA’s Strategy for LEO Commercialization, the need for European industry to develop global space commerce and on the commercial & innovative trailblazing approach of the ICE Cubes Service.

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer was very compelling in his words on “Why astronauts (will) love ICE Cubes” and why he believes this modular & flexible approach of “1L weightlessness” – as he calls it – will allow for a high throughput of research and technologies on the International Space Station for both universities and companies.

Ms Apostolia Karamali, from the EC Space Unit enlightened us on upcoming EC space calls and budget related to space and addressed the potential for space research & technologies. Also Mr Nikos Kastrinos EC, DG Research & Innovation, Foresight Team Leader linked ICE Cubes service topics with the Space Global Value Network and Radical Breakthrough Innovations which was particularly inspiring for future potential innovations related to space.

Professor Chris Welch of the International Space University talked vividly about their experience with the Hydra experiments by ISU as first experiments to the ISS in the ICE Cubes facility. The first experiment cubes on methanogen growth and an interactive art payload by Nahum were installed last week by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst. The next ISU experiment on plant growth will be launched on the next SpaceX in November.

Dr Sarah Baatout of SCK-CEN shared in her own passionate way how the ICE Cubes service can benefit research into human radiation resistance and space pharmacology.

The program of the ICE Cubes inauguration event highlighted the versatility and the potential of the service in providing access to space for research, technology, R&D, education, art and inspiration. Trailblazing, democratizing access to space and enabling dreams, what a great opportunity.

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