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November 21, 2023, at 16:00 CET

Webinar: For start-ups and SMEs in space sector

Unlocking the stars: Your path to space collaboration

Are you an ambitious SME or a budding start-up eager to reach for the stars? Do you dream of participating in groundbreaking space projects and becoming a valued partner of industry leaders? Your opportunity has arrived! Join us for an exclusive webinar designed to illuminate your path to the cosmos.

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About the Webinar

In an era of extraordinary opportunities in the space sector, the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme has opened doors to innovative, forward-thinking businesses – start-ups and SMEs in Europe. This webinar is your key to understanding how to navigate the complex world of space collaboration and stand out as a potential collaboration partner of the space industry leaders.

What to Expect

Get insights, approach and valuable advices from some of the space industry leaders in Europe.


Insights from industry leaders

Our webinar brings together industry leaders with a wealth of experience in evaluating collaboration partners for space projects and businesses. They will share their invaluable insights, guiding you through the qualities, specializations, and expertise they seek in collaborators.


Keys to Collaboration Success

Discover what it takes to be an active participant in cutting-edge space projects. Learn the critical factors that can set your SME or start-up apart and make you an attractive prospect for collaboration.


Avoiding Pitfalls

Equally important is knowing what collaboration partners industry leaders do not want to work with. Uncover the common pitfalls that can hinder your journey to the stars and learn how to avoid them.

Speakers​ & Presentations​

Meet our experienced speakers who will share their expertise and insights during this webinar.

Juan Jesús Rico | Airbus Crisa

Juan Jesús Rico  | Airbus Crisa (Spain)

Juan Jesús Rico joined Airbus Crisa (Airbus’s subsidiary in Madrid-Spain) beginning 2000, initially working as SW development Technical Manager for different programs (defence, commercial civil, and flight SW-HW integration).

In 2007, Juan Jesús Rico moved to Toulouse (France), becoming Technical Responsible for the AIVQ (Assembly, Integration, Validation, and Qualification) activities of the Ground Segment of Pleiades satellites (Earth Observation constellation).

Back to Madrid in 2012, Juan Jesús Rico worked as Project Manager for different projects in the frame of Power space equipment.

Since 2013, Juan Jesús Rico switched to commercial activities, working first as Commercial Manager for Power electronic products at Airbus Crisa, then from 2016 onwards as Key Account Manager in charge of customer relation for different countries for Airbus DS – Space Equipment.

Vanessa Vial | Safran Spacecraft Propulsion (France)
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Vanessa Vial | Safran Spacecraft Propulsion (France)

Graduated Engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris in 2001 and PhD in plasma physics from Orleans University in 2004. Vanessa holds 20 years of experience in Hall thrusters technology development.

She joined Safran in 2007.  Successive positions: Hall thrusters Technical Responsible and Magnetic design authority, Project manager, Head of R&D technical team, Technical monitoring of the PPS®1350 thruster line for commercial applications. Currently Senior Program Manager in charge of Hall thruster R&D activities and PPS® developments.
Vanessa has 7 years of experience in European Commission funded programs – Coordinator of the CHEOPS I, CHEOPS Low Power, CHEOPS Medium Power, CHEOPS Very High Power-Building Blocks, INVICTUS programmes.

Thomas Schmitt | ArianeGroup (Germany)
Free webinar

Thomas Schmitt | ArianeGroup (Germany)

Thomas Schmitt is a professional with extensive experience in engineering, program management and quality management. He is currently Head of Electric Propulsion at ArianeGroup, where he has worked since June 2022. Previously, he worked for 11 years at Collins Aerospace, where he has taken roles of increasing responsibility and finally Head of Quality & EH&S management department. During his tenure, he was responsible for managing teams of experienced design, process and quality engineers and was part of the site management team. He has also served as a chief engineer and program manager for several aircraft projects. Thomas holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering and has been involved in the development of several international aircraft programs from proposal evaluation to product implementation.

Anja Zajc | Fraza
Free webinar Cheops

Anja Zajc | Fraza (Slovenia)

Anja Zajc earned her Ms. D. in electrical engineering in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Ljubljana. Her expertise lies in switching technologies and power magnetics, with notable roles in the GLBC in 2015, the Laboratory of Control Engineering and Power Electronics at the University of Ljubljana in 2017 and 2018 (focusing on e-vehicle drives), and the Laboratory of Biocybernetics at the University of Ljubljana from 2019 to 2021 (working on gene therapy for cancer treatment).

About organizers

This webinar is a collaborative effort involving three EU-cofunded projects.

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Horizon Europe project, grant agreement No 101082685.

The DEEP-PPU consortium will develop a disruptive Power Processing Unit for medium and high-power GIT. The project is a natural continuation of GIESEPP-MP, where a first step has been taken to develop a power supply for the screen grid and integrate it within the current PPU design for ArianeGroup RIT-2X thruster.



Horizon 2020 project, grant agreement No 101004349.

The goal of the consortium is to deliver a tested and validated product that customers can buy off the shelf but at the same time can easily be adapted to individual needs.



Horizon Europe project, grant agreement No 101082532.

The main objective of this project is to design, develop and test overall system architecture against these various mission use cases. The project CHEOPS VHP BB complements ongoing thruster-focused development activities with research and development on the future use of very high-power Hall thruster systems.