BWI participating at les Assises du NewSpace – Saison 3

We are pleased to announce our participation in the third edition of Les Assises du NewSpace. Read more to experience the event from BWI’s perspective.

BWI is pleased to announce that we had a chance to participate in a not-to-be-missed event in the French space industry – Les Assises du NewSpace. The third edition of the annual event took place in the heart of the second-largest business district in Europe, CNIT Forest, and spanned over two days, June 25th to 26th, 2024.


Nowadays, the term New Space is associated with innovative and agile economic models within the space sector. The use of new materials, miniaturisation of technological components, and utilisation of artificial intelligence algorithms over the past twenty years have made space more accessible, even for smaller private companies. These significant technological advancements, such as nanosatellites, equally contribute to a more dynamic character of the space sector. Although New Space initially developed in the United States, France is among the most motivated countries in Europe, striving to exploit all the new potential uses of space.

Les Assises du NewSpace

New ideas about space exploitation, combined with greater economic and technological risk-taking, have led to the diversification of this fascinating field worldwide. Thus, Les Assises du NewSpace gathers and provides a networking platform for French and European NewSpace stakeholders and end-users. Solely in two editions, the event has become a year’s highlight for salient players in the space industry, governmental representatives, and parliamentary decision-makers.

Structured through presentations, panel discussions, and networking slots, the Spacetech Village served as a fertile ground for meaningful exchanges among all participants. Moreover, the two days were equally rich in information covering four main themes highlighted in the 2024 edition: 

  1. New private uses
  2. Innovation in the space sector
  3. Economics & Politics
  4. European perspective on NewSpace

The conferences provided a broad range of insights, such as:

  • Général Philippe Adam‘s keynote on the military applications of space offered a sobering perspective on space as a strategic battlefield, reminding us of the complex, dual-use nature of space technology. This session was a stark reminder of the potential for space to be used in ways that can, both benefit and harm.
  • Furthermore, Andrea Vena, Chief Climate & Sustainability Officer at ESA, delivered a compelling presentation on the space industry’s role in a world facing a 2°C temperature rise. His talk emphasised the urgency of developing climate-friendly solutions and choosing sustainable materials for satellite manufacturing. Vena’s presentation resonated deeply, highlighting the critical need for sustainable practices in space technology.
  • On a similar note, yet in another session, the focus shifted to “Les nouveaux utilisateurs spatiaux,” featuring Antoine Denoix, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Climate. Denoix highlighted innovative ways space technology can protect the environment. He discussed the need for emerging trends of “NewSpace” companies to intentionally slow down and carefully consider their global impact. Our space systems engineer, Annie Puchot, found this presentation particularly interesting as it underscores

“the importance of expanding our presence in space responsibly and ensuring that technological advancements align with the goal of preserving our planet for future generations”.

  • Lastly, one of the final panel discussions featuring Jean Dominique Coste, Senior Manager Airbus BlueSky, Airbus; Grégoire Lambert, Directeur Stratégie et Espace, Framatome; Arnaud Siraudin, Directeur Associé, Arthur D. Little and Peter Weiss, CEO, Spartan, focused on the future of NewSpace and the importance of international collaboration. This session called for a borderless approach to innovation and administrative efficiency in the NewSpace industry.


How do BWIs services leverage spatial data?

At BWI, we utilise earth observation data to support society in adapting to climate change. Frequently monitoring continental water resources is essential for improving water management. Our hydrological model relies on a diverse dataset that includes meteorological and in situ data, with spatial data playing a crucial role in enhancing the efficiency and reliability of our river discharge and water level monitoring services.

Additionally, satellites offer the most effective means to measure global surface water levels. As part of our commitment, BWI will launch a constellation of 10 nano-satellites equipped with miniaturised altimeters. This high-revisit altimetry space infrastructure will make a difference in providing daily continental water data by furnishing at least 30.000 freshwater level measurement points covering major water basins worldwide and benefiting from a high-revisit (daily updates) system.

To top it all off, Les Assises du NewSpace 2024 highlighted the strategic challenges and opportunities within the French space economy. The SpaceTech Village served as a true hub for space actors, reinforcing the vital role of cooperation and innovation in driving the NewSpace industry forward.