Can we think of innovation as an “exploratory journey of a new spaceship Enterprise, whose mission is to do research bravely to get there where no one has ever come before”?

This question was answered by representatives of the world of astronomy and space who were the protagonists of the event “Space Innovation: back to big challenges”. Ca ‘Foscari University wanted to observe innovation from a different and unusual point of view, interpreting it as an “ambitious” enterprise capable of exploring new boundaries, through entrepreneurial and academic subjects that every day try to respond to the great questions about space and on the new worlds.

Innovation in space

On Friday 25th May at the San Giobbe Campus of Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice, relevant guests partecipated to the last event of “Campus Life Grand Innovation” cycle of meetings. In the closing event, the University wanted to put together two apparently very distant worlds that, in reality, have shown to have many meeting points: economy and space. The decision to associate these two realities has been driven by the desire to inspire the business and academic world with ideas and experiences coming from science and astronomy, then from a reality that must challenge every day enormous and seemingly insurmountable challenges, such as space boundless. All this with the aim of contributing to the economic, cultural and social progress of our territory.

The speakers told their experiences and tried to highlight how in recent years technological progress, and not only, in space are also driving progress on earth: from connection and communication technologies, to those of monitoring of the conditions of people and of the earth, up to those of environmental and social sustainability.

The Head of the Unit “Innovation and Technology Transfer” at the Italian Space Agency, Anilkumar Dave, tried to insert the spatial and astronomical context in the economic and managerial world, comparing a spaceship to an “Enterprise” that, like the spacecraft, must risk to conquer new worlds or new markets. In recent years we are witnessing more frequently the application of advanced technologies used in the astro-physical world to the “terrestrial” world, and therefore to commonly used objects such as smartphones, computers or even household appliances.

The engineer Anilkumar Dave has also wanted to underline how the latest “space” technologies can have an impact on the planet, both in environmental terms but also at the social level and on the individual, by lowering the look and attention on the earth .

Moreover, it has emerged that new business opportunities are also present in the space, like the case of D-Orbit, a company specializing in the design and production of satellites until their disposal, which has revolutionized the satellite consideration only from a scientific and astronomical use to a creator of economic value as potentially employed in new and very different markets such as agriculture, tourism, security and communication.

The event showed the opportunities for growth and development that a scientific reality, such as that of astronomy, offers both in startups and in established companies. The message that has been transmitted is that in order to produce innovation, today, companies can not apply already known research, but must seek what is not yet known, and it is the task of the universities to help companies to reach these new borders, to help them read and respond to their need for innovation.