ESA Applications: Watch Live ESA Φ-week

Asha Bajaj
3 min readOct 8, 2021

#ESA; #SpaceEconomy; #EarthObservation; #NewSpaceTechnologiesandServices

New York/Canadian-Media: Focusing on the New Space economy and innovations in Earth observation, ESA’s fourth Φ-week kicks off on Monday 11 October. Join us live for two of the main sessions: the opening session on Monday at 10:30 CEST and the Blending New Space Technologies and Services session on Tuesday at 16:00 CEST.

As the world starts to return to normality in the wake of the COVID pandemic, this year’s Φ-week is a hybrid event, with registered participants attending virtually and invited speakers present at ESA’s Centre for Earth Observation in Italy.

However, part of this not-to-be-missed event can be enjoyed by all — simply tune into ESA’s Web TV and follow the live transmission links. ​

ESA. Web TV. Image credit: ESA

Monday 11 October 10:30–12:00: Opening

Starting with a welcome address by ESA Director General, Josef Aschbacher, this year’s Φ-week opening session includes talks from a panel of experts all discussing their visions of New Space.

The speakers include Toni Tolker-Nielsen, ESA Acting Director of Earth Observation Programmes; Ekaterini Kavvada, Director of Innovation and Outreach at the European Commission’s DG DEFIS; Kris Peeters, Vice President of the European Investment Bank; Mark Boggett, co-founder and CEO of Seraphim Capital; and Rafal Modrzewski CEO and co-founder of ICEYE.

ESA Φ-WEEK. Virtual Event: 11–15 October 2021

Tuesday 12 October 16:00–17:00: Blending New Space Technologies

Discussions in this session focus on the ‘space silo mentality’ and how to break down the traditional barriers.

The event features high-level decision-makers from ESA’s Earth Observation Program, Telecommunication and Integrated Application and Navigation directorates, together with ESA’s Director General and representative from different industries. They will discuss key elements in European strategy to develop a strong New Space sector across the technological borders of space, such as the Space Connectivity program, the Destination Earth initiative, Copernicus and more — and the key

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