The FabSpace 2.0 consortium gathers 15 partners.



Univ. of Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier (UPS) – Project leader: Josiane Mothe

UPS is the University of Toulouse dedicated to science, health, engineering, technology and sports. Based in Toulouse, the European capital of space and aeronautics, UPS is one of France’s leading universities. The project is led by Josiane Mothe, who is part of the IRIT laboratory.

Università Degli Studi Di Roma “Tor Vergata” (UoRT)

The Department of Civil and Computer Engineering at Tor Vergata University (Rome, IT), within the Faculty of Engineering, blends the fundamental sectors of engineering, both traditional and modern, within the important European tradition of polytechnic schools.


Université de Liège (UoL)

The Centre Spatial de Liège (CSL) is a Space Research Centre of the University of Liège (UoL, Belgium), a university with more than 20,000 students, 10 faculties and 1 school, 471 research units and 20 research centres. CSL is dedicated to applied research, mainly space-related, and specialises in the conception and development of space science sub-systems or payloads. CSL is also a centre of excellence in optics, particularly in severe environmental practices, and is an ESA-certified test centre, capable of carrying out vibration and environmental (thermal vacuum, cryogenic…) tests in clean rooms. CSL has been involved on several occasions in Earth observation programmes (Vegetation with SPOT-4 and -5, Copernicus with Sentinel 2, 3 and 4 …) and ESA missions (ENVISAT, METEOSAT, PROBA-V …). Among CSL’s 8 laboratories, the signal processing laboratory is more than a quarter of a century old and is specialised in Earth observation using SAR, Synthetic Aperture Radar. The signal processing team carries out the processing of SAR data (pre- and post-processing), using different types of techniques (image reconstruction, interferometry, polarimetric SAR interferometry, multichromatic interferometry), and is also skilled in hyperspectral signatures. Within the framework of the UoL, CSL’s signal processing laboratory has developed active collaborations or is in contact with numerous university partners, including the Geomatics unit, the “Water-Environment-Development” unit, the Climatology unit, the Geology department, the Astrophysics, Geophysics and Oceanography departments, the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of Gembloux, etc.


Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUDA)

TUDA is the only University of Technology in Hesse, Germany, with approximately 26,000 students. At TUDA the presidents of Remote Sensing and Image Analysis and Physical and Satellite Geodesy open a FabSpace 2.0 laboratory for users inside and outside the university. The lab will provide a working environment (hardware, software, data) as well as education and advice to innovators to develop their creative ideas into applications with commercial potential. Based on TUDA’s expertise in all areas of geodesy, FabSpace will focus on the use of space data from various Earth observation satellite missions (remote sensing on different spectral channels, radar remote sensing, altimetry, satellite gravimetry, Global Navigation Satellite systems).

Warsaw University of Technology (WUT)

Warsaw University of Technology has about 37,000 students and PhD students. Because of many generations of engineers who have passed through its walls and its important contributions to the development of technical sciences, the University of Technology has acquired a recognised position in the country as well as an international reputation.

The team involved in the FabSpace 2.0 project consists of specialists from the Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography. The Faculty educates students in three areas of study: geodesy and cartography, spatial planning and geoinformatics. Courses are conducted according to the Design Thinking method, using innovative forms of education, also in the PBL field.

The field of research at the faculty of feodesy and cartography covers the whole discipline of geodesy and cartography, such as: geodesy and satellite navigation, engineering and industrial geodesy, cadastre and real estate management, photogrammetry and teledetection, cartography and geographic information systems, spatial data mining, cartographic generalisation, spatial planning and environmental sciences. At present, intensive research is being carried out in particular in the field of the role of cartography in social networks, GIS, geoinformation, spatial data modelling, 3D modelling, spatial information, design thinking, smart cities, revitalisation…

Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)

ICCS is a non-profit university research established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education to carry out research and development activities in the fields of telecommunications and computer systems. ICCS is associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The staff of ICCS is composed of researchers and more than 500 associate scientists (including PhD students). The Microprocessors and Digital Systems Laboratory (MicroLab) of ICCS, which is part of the FabSpace 2.0 project, is actively involved in the implementation of digital systems, from the system to the chip level, using the most advanced and modern technologies and methodologies, ranging from microprocessors and microcontrollers, embedded systems development boards, signal processors, special purpose integrated circuits and FPGA, to the design of specific CI applications (ASIC). At present, μLab is composed of 27 scientists (3 professors, 6 associate PhD students, 15 postgraduate students and 18 master students). The MicroLab has been awarded numerous national and European research programmes (> 55 projects) related to embedded systems and VLSI system design.

Economics partners


Aerospace Valley (AV)

AV is a bi-regional, non profit competitive cluster in the South West of France dedicated to aeronautics, space and embedded systems. Today, Aerospace Valley brings together more than 800 members from industry and research, including more than 400 SMEs and large groups, major aerospace research establishments, engineering schools and local authorities who work together to develop synergies that will propel the sector into the future . 

Aerospace Valley currently manages the Sud France incubator of the European Space Agency (ESA BIC Sud France), in association with CNES and the Safe cluster. ESA BIC Sud France supports young companies and new establishments with technical development, implementation and launch of new products and services related to space data or space technologies used in other fields.


The local government of the Lazio region, following the principles and guidelines expressed by European organisations aimed to promote the establishment of business and innovation centres throughout the European regions, decided by regional law 35/1990 to set up the company called Business Innovation Centre Lazio (BIC Lazio). It belongs to the European Incubation Network (EBN), the European Enterprise Network ( and the incubators of the European Space Agency.

BIC Lazio, located in Rome and operating at regional level, is a public limited company of the Lazio Region (PLC) and is part of a network of regional development agencies whose mission is based on the following pillars:

  • to promote and encourage new enterprises, to update and modernise existing projects;  
  • to encourage the development and consolidation of new companies in the “takeoff” phase, in order to improve their chances of success;
  • to introduce an entrepreneurial culture throughout the region, the creation and management of specialised centres, called “Incubator”, in which new businesses can be fed;
  • to help new businesses and SMEs with particular reference to participation in EU-funded programmes.

Since 2006, BIC Lazio has been cooperating with ESA as a specialised centre for the support of new companies based on the application of space technology, know-how, exploitation of satellite data in different sectors.


WSL is the regional incubator for engineering sciences in Wallonia (Belgium). WSL was created in 1999 from the Liège Space Centre. It was one of the first incubators for new high-tech companies in Europe.

WSL’s mission is to support entrepreneurs during their creation and development. WSL offers 5 years of global assistance for startups.

In 2010, WSL became the first Belgian ESA BIC (European Space Agency Business Incubation Center) via WSL lux, its branch in the province of Luxembourg.

Cesah GmbH Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen (cesah)

Cesah is a centre of competence, information and incubation. It was founded by the State of Hesse, the City of Darmstadt, the Technical University of Darmstadt and the University of Applied Sciences, as well as T-Systems International GmbH and Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH. The creation of cesah is a joint initiative of the European Space Agency ESA and the State of Hesse to establish a Satellite Navigation Centre in Darmstadt in the immediate vicinity of the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC).

Cesah manages the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) in Darmstadt on behalf of ESA, which supports start-ups and new firms with the technical development, implementation and launch of new products and services related to satellite navigation. In close cooperation and with the technical and financial support of ESA, start-ups receive the necessary impetus.

OPEGIEKA Sp. z.o.o. (OPGK)

OPEGIEKA is the leading geomatics company in Poland. With its status as a research and development centre, it is particularly well placed to serve as a centre of innovation, bringing together students, researchers and companies. In 2012, OPEGIEKA launched its own Data Centre to support high availability services, develop research activities and ensure continuous work for the company and external entrepreneurs.

Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information & Knowledge Technologies (Corallia)

Corallia is a multi-cluster organisation, an incubator and an accelerator of youth entrepreneurship. Corallia coordinates 3 innovation clusters with more than 150 members: the si-Cluster (space technologies), the mi-Cluster (systems based on microelectronics and IoT) and the gi-Cluster (games and creative technologies) and has been awarded the Gold label “excellence in cluster management”. Corallia operates 2 thematic incubators totalling more than 6,000 m²: α2-innohub in Athens and π1-innohub in Patras and is awarded the EBN EU | BIC certificate for quality business support. Corallia implements a series of initiatives aimed at stimulating youth entrepreneurship with partners and donors: Greece’s most important accelerator “the egg” – enter.grow.go in cooperation with Eurobank, educational trip in collaboration with student associations in highly recognized universities worldwide, hackathons, career days, internship days, networking days, etc. Corallia is also awarded an ISO 9001: 2008 standard by TUV NORD CERT and demonstrates strong commitment in European political bodies and has established key strategic international collaborations.

Support partners


TerraNIS SAS, created in March 2014, is located near Toulouse. TerraNIS designs and provides geo-information services based on Earth observation, particularly in the fields of agriculture and the environment. TerraNIS operates and markets worldwide the Pixagri® and Oenoview® services, respectively dedicated to precision agriculture and precision viticulture. The company is also the founder and operator of the concept EUGENIUS™ (European group of companies for an information network using space). This initiative aims to create a network of European SMEs offering geo-information services in the regions where they are located. To do this, these partners use the TerraHUB technical platform to exchange data and services.


IDGEO is a professional training institution in geomatics and more specifically in geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial technology ( teledetection). The company offers training in geomatics training and consulting services by experienced GIS experts. With more than 20 years of experience in these fields, the team is able to manage specific problems in professions using GIS and/or spatial data sets. IDGEO has developed partnerships with a wide range of institutions: research, private or public organisations, local authorities, etc. Thanks to its experience, IDGEO provides a close link between university research and the needs of companies on projects such as Science 2.0.

European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN)

EBN is a leading pan-European not-for-profit association for incubation units and business support structures. EBN was established in 1984 by the European Commission (EC) and European industry leaders to stimulate the growth of new businesses by providing technical support to innovative start-ups, spin-offs, SMEs and entrepreneurs. EBN is a network of over 150 quality Business and Innovation Centres (BICs) and has over 100 associate members who support the development and growth of innovative companies, start-ups and SMEs. Currently, EBN members cover more than 40 countries in Europe and beyond (Turkey, Canada, USA, Egypt and China, among others). Over the last two decades, EBN has become a reference point in Europe on innovation, spin-offs, incubation, entrepreneurship, SMEs and regional economic development.