Vaasa Space Economy forum was held on Saturday 10.8.2019, 13:00 – 15:00, as a part of Wasa Future Festival’19.

From space science to new space – space-based data offers ways to explain our universe as well as provides new business prospects through remote sensing, telecommunication and positioning. Space industry has gone through a major transformation recently via the easier and less expensive access to space and these opportunities were in focus in the presentations and panel of this Forum at the Wasa Future Festival 2019. The event was also contributing to Finland’s preparation for the ESA Space19+, ESA’s next Ministerial Council held in November 2019. Event organized by the University of Vaasa team of the “KvarkenSpaceEco” project by EU Interreg BA.

The program was as follows:

Opening words

Heidi Kuusniemi, Professor, Director, Digital Economy, University of Vaasa


Finnish contribution to Space Programmes

Kimmo Kanto, Head of Space, Business Finland

Presentation as PDF


Bringing Space Data into your Business

Miranda Saarentaus, Senior Advisor, ESA Business Applications Finland, Geowise Ltd.

Presentation as PDF


Business from Intelligent Space Data

Jani Heikkilä, Sales Director, Bitcomp Ltd.

Presentation as PDF


Space is commercialising. What does it mean?

Arno Ahosniemi, Executive Editor-in-Chief, Kauppalehti Ltd.


Current ESA and Commercial Observations from Space

Kendall Rutledge, Research Lead in Energy and Environment, Novia University of Applied Sciences

Presentation as PDF


Small Satellites for Finnish Science Missions

Jaan Praks, Assistant professor, Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University

Presentation as PDF


Space Economy Panel

chaired by Heidi Kuusniemi, speakers as panelists.


Event website in Space Talks

Pictures from the event, photographer Peter Hellström.