Project name:

ERoSpace - Establishing a Romanian National Centre for Space Strategy fostering extensive capabilities among national stakeholders on space policy and technological transfer

Coordinator: Romanian Association for Space Technology and Industry (ROMSPACE)

Partners: The Institute of Atomic Physics (IFA)
The National Institute of Aerospace Research “ELIE CARAFOLI” (INCAS)
S.C. IAROM S.A.

Financed under the Romanian Space Technology and Advanced Research Programme

Duration: 2016-2019

Description:
The project envisages the creation of a joint Romanian government, industry and academia initiative for dialogue and development in the field of outer space affairs in Romania. The group aims at building bridges between the governmental, academia and industry entities, and achieving consensus with regards to decisions in the area of space sector. Furthermore, the enhanced capabilities enabled through this collaboration, facilitate technology transfer between stakeholders and (interested) third parties (for example the ESA - Business Incubation Centres model). Thus, through the creation of this group, the project attempts to define a medium and long-term vision and strategy for the future growth of Romanian space sector and to contribute to the creation of a “space aware” culture at national, regional and international level.

The main purpose of this project is to establish an integrative Romanian National Space Strategy Centre in order to link space activities, space industries, academia and governmental bodies dealing with space affairs in Romania. This is needed because of several reasons:

Firstly, the current fragmentation of the space market requires substantial effort to create consensus. Harmonising all relevant entities does not only contribute to the alignment of commercial and national interests, but it increases the competitiveness of the Romanian space sector at the international level. This aspect is in line with ESA’s business incubators (BICs). The Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) is looking to direct and support entrepreneurs with innovative ideas from the space sector to built commercial companies providing expertise and business development support. Building complex capabilities together with wide cooperation to promote and facilitate technology transfer between stakeholders and third parties, the future Centre will represent and promote the collective interests of stakeholders operating in the space sector in Romania, in a manner new for Eastern Europe, but in line with the current developments in other ESA member states.

Secondly, given the sensitive nature of the aerospace industry with regards to dual use technologies, it needs a certain level of communication and understanding so that the private and the public to be aligned. While Pentagon assessed in 1995 that 95 per cent of technologies are dual use, civil and military, this proportion didn’t change. On the contrary, these two aspects continued to be increasingly entangled, and thus regulating this aspect needs the consideration of an increasing number of entities. Thus, this harmonisation is strategic as much operational, and aligning the civil, defence and security policies in science, manufacturing and downstream application businesses are a very complex but compulsory process, to which this project attempts to contribute.

Thirdly, there is a need for promoting local expertise and knowledge transfer through regional and international collaborations with counterparts and stakeholders. The newly created Centre will perform activities on behalf of and driven by member actors to preserve and grow a vibrant and sustainable space industry sector in Romania.

Finally, there is a need to identify key trends and coordinate actions industries and government need to take in order to promote sustainable growth with regards to the space sector. Identifying and benchmarking space capabilities, identifying future market opportu-nities and proposing a policy for growth and technology roadmap to support this represent some of the aims that this project attempt to contribute to. Furthermore, it is important to create a “space aware” culture for everyday life in order to maximise the potential for jobs and wealth creation in Romania, resulting in space being factored and considered in a serious and consistent manner in business and policy.

Key objectives

KO1. The creation of a “Romanian National Space Strategy Center” in charge of coordinating body with the power to decide, with the mission of creating extensive capacities and technological transfer in order for the Romanian space sector to become a significant contributor to the Romanian and European economy.

KO2. Identification of facilitators and barriers, whether policy and government related, economic, financial, technological, innovation, or awareness and perception issues, in order to jointly develop the National Strategy for Outer Space Affairs, the Strategy for Romanian Space Industry, and the National Space White Paper.

KO3. Identification of key trends and actions industry, academia and government need to take if they want to fully exploit the changes that are coming over the next 20 years, by involving the entire Romanian space community in setting out the challenges and opportunities that will govern its future value, competitiveness and growth.

KO4. Contribute to the creation of a “space aware” culture for everyday life in order to maximise the potential for jobs and wealth creation in Romania, resulting in space being factored and considered in a serious and consistent manner in business and policy.