espi report_24 9 July 2010. This study examines key enabling technologies under the light of open innovation for the space sector and provides recommendation for implementation. It provides a new perspective on how to stimulate technology breakthroughs and scientific progress.


The study “Key Enabling Technologies and Open Innovation. New Impulse for the Space Sector” deals with the role of key enabling technologies as core elements for implementing an open innovation model in the space sector. The study looks at different key enabling technologies-nanotechnology, photonics, advanced materials, micro-nanonelectronics and biotechnology-as core for different scientific and industrial developments while at the same time it describes an open innovation model based on these technologies for achieving innovation in the space sector. It looks at different sectors-space, aeronautics, transport, energy, pharmaceutical, ICT and biotechnology-and how they reflect innovation, drawing lessons that can be transferred to improve innovation. At the same time it identifies the main actors and their strategic areas interest and gives an overview of existing institutions and mechanisms set up were the space sector could benefit from by providing comprehensive recommendations under the concept of open innovation for space.

The study provides recommendations on concepts, cooperation and mechanics for open innovation. A ‘space innovation’ definition is proposed based on ‘spin in’, ‘spin out’ and ‘spin together’ of ideas from the space sector and non-space sectors. Key enabling technologies can be used as a common component in jointly defining strategic agendas, programmes and partnerships

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ESPI Research Fellow Christina Giannopapa

The study was conducted by ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa. It is based on work conducted in the framework of a Forward Look of the European Science Foundation (ESF).

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