Space Technology Transfer

Today, there are a lot of opportunities to use the investments made in space in new business start-ups or spin-offs.

Belgian National Technology Transfer Initiative

ESA’s Technology Transfer Network is spread across 14 different European countries. VERHAERT is the Belgian National Technology Transfer Initiative (NTTI) to enable the transfer of space technology and development to the rest of the European industry.

For Technology Provider

  • Promote IP & knowhow
  • Technology descriptions
  • Opportunity scan
  • Workshop
  • Active search for non-space innovators

For Technology Provider & Innovator

  • Budget
  • Feasibility study
  • Publish call for demonstrator
  • Mediate tech transfer
  • Success stories

For Technology Innovator

  • Active search space technology
  • Evaluate opportunities

Success stories of the European Broker Network illustrate the variety of ways in which space technology can be applied in other non-space sectors

Read success stories

Our space technology transfer services

Opportunity scans


Technology descriptions


Feasibility studies

Success stories

Financial support

Companies and entrepreneurs that apply space technology in non-space applications can take advantage of financial support by ESA and its partners.

  • Opportunity scans*: free for space providers
  • Feasibility studies*: max. 9 days VERHAERT support
  • Demonstrators: funded up to € 30.000
  • Incubation: funded up to € 100.000 via Business Incubation Centers (BIC’s)
  • GSTP call (General Support Technology Programme): more information and how to participate
  • Venture capital: through Open Sky Technology fund, ESA provides venture capital for new business enabled by space technology

*This support is free under specific conditions. Please contact us for more information.

Space technology

There are a lot of opportunities to use the investments made in space in new business start-ups or spin-offs:

  • Materials (composites, alloys, metals)
  • Hardware and robotics
  • Electronics, sensors, software
  • Automation and measuring techniques
  • Communications
  • Precision mechanics and optics
  • Medical equipment
  • Power and energy devices
  • Mechanical components
  • Services

Technologies and components for space
are characterized by:

  • Low weight
  • Strength and durability
  • Efficiency and reliability
  • Compactness
  • Temperature resistence
  • Radiation resistance
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Safety requirements

There is a lot of available space technology and know-how

View full list of Belgian space providers