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Space 4.0 (Flemish Space Industry)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 23 March, 1995
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Prov. Vlaams-Brabant
Other Label: 
Innovative Business Network (IBN)
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Technology fields: 
Guidance and control
Space Exploration and Technology
S3 EU priority areas: 
Safety & security
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Newtec Cy
Larger Company
Qinetiq Space NV
Larger Company
Antwerp Space
OIP Sensor Systems
Larger Company
Research Organisation
KU Leuven
Space Application Services
RHEA Group
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

VRI (Flemish Space Industry) is a non profit organization of Flemish companies, research centres and educational institutions with activities in space. The association was founded in 1995 to set up cooperation between member and non-member companies, research centres and educational institutions. VRI tries to extend its services to European cooperation by promoting contacts between members and the European institutes and companies.

The space sector is changing rapidly. Enhanced technological breakthroughs and new private players with disruptive business models, enforce the ‘traditional’ space players to adapt. To remain successful, strategic collaboration within the space community and with other sectors will be key.

By bringing together the Flemish companies and research institutes around the development of new products and services based on space technology, the cluster organization wants to tap into the opportunities offered by the NewSpace movement. In 2018, the VRI officially received the accreditation of "Innovative Business Network (IBN)", entitled "Space 4.0" from the Flemish government. The IBN Space 4.0 aims at creating a sustainable network leading to an ecosystem in Flanders in which space (technology) plays a crucial role for the realization of today’s challenges. Cross-fertilization with other economic sectors is crucial to ensure the competitiveness of the cluster members.

The added value of the use of space technology for the economy is demonstrated by defining collaborative projects. Services, technology and space related data help to tackle today's societal challenges. Actors ready to use space as an asset can benefit from the cluster support. Besides drafting technological roadmaps, the cluster organizes workshops, networking events and activities with other clusters and sector federations. As a forum for collaboration, exchange and technology transfer, Space 4.0 aims at increasing the technological innovation by its members.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Details of support services: 
  • To encourage collaboration between the members
  • To represent the members towards national and international authorities
  • To promote the Flemish space sector to the general public
  • To support the members for applying regional and international calls for proposals
  • Ensure the coordination of regional, national and international projects
  • To organise thematic workshops between the members in order to identify innovative ideas, business cases and collaborative projects
  • To develop technological roadmaps
  • To organise meetings with other cluster organisations and interested actors
  • To participate to international space events 
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
FLAG (Europe)
SME4Space (Europe)
Skywin (Europe)
Flanders Make (Europe)
Smart Digital Farming (Europe)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The cluster members have a proven track record in developping space technology and space related data and services. By joining the cluster, you get access to the Flemish network of space companies and to potential partners for your collaborative projects. The cluster's main focus is the downstream market.