Header picture courtesy of the ISU Web video broadcast of the event.
August 7th, 2014: All team projects done by the participants of the 27th Space Studies Program (SSP14) of the International Space University (ISU) were presented at École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) de Montréal, Québec, Canada, an event co-hosted by ETS and HEC Montréal (HEC).
SSP14 attracted 122 participants, representing 31 countries, to a program that showcased ISU’s first all-female international astronaut panel.
SSP14 has also focus on “new space” and entrepreneurism with faculty and lecturers from around the globe, a steady presence of Canadian astronauts, and a warm “bienvenue” from Canada’s only French-speaking province.
TP SPACE AND OPEN INNOVATION
The first team project presented was the Space and Open Innovation (OI). The Chair of this project was Dr. Ozgur Gurtuna, president of Turquoise company. The Teaching Associate was Matthiew Claude and the Procect Advisor, Julien Tallineau.
As described in the ISU SSP14 web site, Open innovation can be defined as “innovating with partners by sharing risk and sharing reward”. Conventional approaches to technology development for space, such as spin-offs or spin-ins are no longer sufficient to fully describe the interactions between organizations in today’s R&D landscape.
Companies such as Space X, Scaled Composites, zero2infinity, Spire, Copenhagen Suborbitals, Planet Labs and others work in a fundamentally different way compared to space agencies. Smaller, nimbler teams, significant use of commercial off the shelf technologies, crowdfunding, a more aggressive approach to managing risk and a great motivation to leverage intellectual property are just some of their defining characteristics.
In the traditional, closed innovation model, organizations generate, develop and commercialize their own ideas. In contrast, in the open innovation model, organizations aim to commercialize external as well as internal ideas by exploring multiple paths to the market. These paths include launching start-up companies, licensing intellectual property, forming joint ventures and many other mechanisms.
Determine the potential of open innovation in space by identifying its most promising applications as well as its limitations.Using an interdisciplinary, intercultural and international perspective, develop a business case and/or space mission concept to make the best use of open innovation. Map the advantages and disadvantages of open innovation in space mission design, development and operations compared to the current closed innovation practices. Create a positive teamwork environment where ISU’s core values are well represented and each participant has access to valuable learning opportunities.
The team Space and Open Innovation presentation:
The 28th edition of the Space Studies Program (SSP15) will be held at Athens, Ohio, USA, from June 8th through August 7th 2015.