[CNESMAG] How the Space Economics Observatory sheds light on Ave.

Data sharing, pandemic – illustrative image Credits: DKosig

The very young Observatory of Spatial Economics collects information that has so far been scattered. Created at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it quickly found its place: OES was able to learn about the health of French companies in the space sector, but also directed them to systems that keep them competitive.. ECO also enlightened the CNES authorities in the face of problems and helped oversight bodies to prioritize and support activitiesareas.

Broadcast news

The collection and dissemination of information is its No. 1 mission. OES publishes and distributes but weekly economic summary : “It has been cleared of sensitive data intended for COMEX and our regulators, but this very popular appointment : every time CNES broadcasts it on the net, several thousand consultations are held every time! » emphasizes Muriel Lafaye, deputy director of the Space Observatory. A summary is available online at CNES’s OES page.

online events also mobilize. “ Our webinars (webinObs) have reached space players: over 80 people followed webinars on mapping funding windows in mid-2020 or on nanosatellite players in mid-2021.” explains Muriel Lafaye.

Collective mind

OES works collaboratively based on close partnerships with industry players. Companies, scientific laboratories, regions, poles, clusters, incubators are aware… but not only. Being in constant contact with all stakeholders in the sector, OES plays the role of the interface and encourages dialogue.

The aim is to increase the number of our broadcasts by finding the right way to convey sensitive information in order to offer benefits to French actors.

Muriel Lafaye / Copyright CNES / De Prada Thierry, 2021

the momentum created around the bulletin and the summary of the economic situation developed both internally and externally. We have not limited ourselves to exchange with production or the service sector, we have expanded the field of our activity to institutes, scientific laboratories and academic players. He showed what a broad joint movement could lead to. » insists Muriel Lafaye.

Contribution to foresight

think more and give material for the project in the future is another key mission of OES. From “cross vision workshops”interior, deal with high-stakes issues: each CNES department concerned shares their thoughts on both the participants and the expected economic impact. In this way, OES complements and refines the strategic vision of CNES.

Some of these workshops were especially structuring : “A good example is “Nanosatellite players: what services for tomorrow?” » January 2021, details about Muriel Lafay. The workshop took place on the eve of the start of work on the recovery plan and its component D (dedicated to nanosatellites) and the Nanosat user forum. »

These cross-vision workshops may soon be “opened” to other participants, not only from CNES but also from the sector, to benefit from new perspectives.

” We need create a competition in these subjects to think about the long term. We will also rely on dynamics Space’ibles, space forecast observatory » Muriel Lafaye says
Updated overview of players and markets prepared by OES will help to carry out the proposed work in stages : “It is necessary to be synchronized with the state of the art if we want to be up to date in a perspective approach” concludes Muriel Lafaye.

New funds for ECO

OES will change the dimension. His team will grow from 1.5 people to 7 specialists by the end of 2022.

3 main axes will structure the approach: economic intelligence, forecasting, macroeconomics/social demand. 2 positions will be opened, including one external: then an economic profile with an international dimension will be sought.

is- directory of space industry opportunities

Where is the tool for promoting French space companies?

The French space industry capacity catalog created by CNES has been online since mid-2020. To date, it lists over 200 companies in the French space sector, with the exception of the downstream sector. The tool sheds light on the entire ecosystem in an unprecedented way. And that’s not all: this dynamic repertoire continues to grow!
In particular, the catalog allows you to search for a skill in 75 domains using the built-in search engine. Every VSE/SME or space manufacturer, regardless of size, has a double page to promote themselves and communicate their contacts.
Thus, the directory provides an opportunity to be noticed by potential clients or partners looking for skills in France, as well as to find other companies for cooperation.

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