28 April 2022: NewSpace Ventures Talks

Location: Spuerkeess, 19 Avenue de la Liberté, Luxembourg


UNIVERSEH supported and participated in the NewSpace Ventures Talks on 28 April in Luxembourg. This edition was co-organised by SNT – Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, Technoport SA and InTech, hosted by Spuerkeess.

The event is a meeting point for professionals in Finance, Legal, Business, Engineering, Arts & Humanities, Healthcare, with an interest in commercial space ventures in terms of technological research, business investigations, and networking opportunities. During this event, Eric Tschirhart will give a presentation “UNIVERSEH”: New Space education and experiential learning.

The NewSpace Ventures Talks are a series of in-person events in Luxembourg aimed at gathering professionals interested in discovering the current developments of the commercial space sector, and exchanging on the related opportunities.

In a nutshell, the NewSpace Ventures Talks offer a functional networking platform for professionals interested in discussing and triggering fruitful exchanges about sectoral expertise and potential collaborations.

The event core topics were dedicated to:

– Space research in Luxembourg

– Space missions design

– Education, entrepreneurial talents and new space.

Experts, professionals and students had the opportunity to meet at the Spuerkeess Bank premises, 19 Avenue de la Liberté, Luxembourg, to learn and exchange knowledge by listening to the following speakers:

  • Massimo Bandecchi

Since 1989, Massimo Bandecchi worked at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, covering different Systems Engineering roles and responsibilities. In particular he was the founding father, first team leader and manager of the ESA Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) which has been applied for the feasibility assessment and preliminary design of hundreds of potential future space missions. Massimo is author of several publications about Concurrent Engineering and has promoted its utilization across a number of industrial sectors and in Academia.

  • Loveneesh Rana

Loveneesh Rana received his Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 2017. He has more than seven years of experience in the advanced research facility, the Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) Lab at UTA, where he worked on developing state-of-the-art design synthesis solutions. At SnT, he is the Head of the CDF Lab and part of the SPASYS research group.

  • Eric Tschirhart

Eric Tschirhart is full professor of physiology at the University of Luxembourg, special advisor to the rector, coordinating ‘UNIVERSEH European University’ and ‘University of the Grater Region’. Prof.Tschirhart has a PhD in Pharmacology and a MBA. Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry and public research institutions, he joined the University of Luxembourg in 2002, participated in the expansion of Life Sciences in Luxembourg, before taking serial managerial positions at the University of Luxembourg, in research, finance & administration,technology transfer, fundraising, and academic organization as vice president.

  • Stephane Pallage

The Rector of the University of Luxembourg. Professor Stephane Pallage, gave a presentation on how to educate for space, while our Students Spacehack, and more specifically, the Space Technology Business Hackathon Winning Team, explained what it is to Design a Newspace Venture as a student.The event was presented and moderated by Mr. Olivier Zephir, Business Advisor at Technoport Business Incubator.


18:20 – Introduction by Technoport & InTech

18:30 – Space systems research in Luxembourg

  • Loveneesh Rana, SnT – University of Luxembourg

18:40 – Concurrent design as a holistic approach to engineering, business, and more

  • Massimo Bandecchi, European Space Agency

19:00 – Educate for Space 

  • Stéphane Pallage, Rector of University of Luxembourg

19:05 – Designing a New Space venture as a student

  • SpaceHack – Space Technology Business Hackathon winning team presentation

19:15 – “UNIVERSEH”: New Space education and experiential learning

  • Eric Tschirhart, University of Luxembourg

19:30 – Networking

Watch the recorded livestream of the event