On June 17, we kicked off our already third significant interaction with the aerospace industry in our three year company history. The European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) in Prague has selected Neuron soundware among five new companies to join the current group of 16. These ESA’s centres provide the backing and support for innovative technology start-ups that work with space technologies, develop them further and seek their commercial use. In the real world, this means that we will be partaking a 12-month project during which we receive funding and mentorship. However, most importantly, we’ll be able to access ESA’s business units to work on some cool space stuff.

Needless to say the aerospace industry is a really exciting industry to be in. And it’s definitely not uncharted territory for Neuron soundware. By passing through the Airbus BizLab acceleration program in Hamburg in the first half of 2018, we gained our first aerospace experience, and through the realization of two proof-of-concept projects, we developed an initial set of capabilities that are key for the industry. Then, later in 2018, our technology made it among the top three companies in the Industry 4.0 category of the Innovationspreis der Deutschen Luftfahrt in Berlin, competing head to head with renowned companies like Fraunhofer or Premium AEROTEC. In 2019 and 2020, we are going to build on this success and start the next chapter of work in the aerospace industry.

What will the ESA BIC project mean for Neuron soundware’s business and capabilities?

  • Improved IoT HW with an extended suite of certifications: We will continue to develop and adapt our HW (IoT devices and sensors), including attaining new industry-specific certifications.
  • Better and even more accurate technology: We will work with ESA experts to improve and standardize our SW/HW development and testing processes and procedures.
  • Commercial service development: We will get a chance to work on a commercial project, develop an MVP for a selected ESA business unit, which will hopefully result in a service provision agreement.

Our priority is to engage with the ESTEC Mechanical Data Lab, which provides the majority of ESA spacecraft pre-flight test including mechanical and physical vibration, acoustic and shock tests.

Read the official ESA BIC Prague’s press release that includes an infographic under this link.