Dutch space sector strengthens position in the United States

A delegation comprising select companies, institutions and members of the Dutch Defence Ministry were at the 38th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs in the United States. From 17-20 April 2023, under the joint NL Space umbrella, they represent the Dutch space industry. This year’s delegation is the largest to the symposium and carries a comprehensive profile of the knowledge and skills of the Dutch space sector.

Innovations developed by the Dutch space sector contribute to everyday applications. From navigation and telecommunications to climate change monitoring and security, the impact of space industry is everywhere. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos may be prominent within the rapidly growing international space industry landscape, but the Dutch space sector definitely holds its own in this arena. For this reason, Dutch companies in this landscape have joined forces in a collaboration, supported by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the Dutch Embassy in the US and the Dutch space agency Netherlands Space Office, to pursue opportunities in the US and beyond. 

“The Dutch space ecosystem is unique. Nowhere else will you find such a concentration of high-tech companies that work together with the government and official bodies to jointly put—and keep—the Dutch space sector on the map. The level of our knowledge and skills, in combination with the openness and international character that the Dutch space industry is known for, enables us to present as a united collaboration to our important American partners.” Jasper van Loon, director of Space Business at NSO. 

The Dutch delegation to the 38th Space Symposium is a collaboration between technology companies, knowledge institutes, universities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Ministry of Defence, the Dutch Embassy in Washington, the Dutch Consulate in San Francisco, the Netherlands Space Office and the Netherlands Innovation Network. 

This visit was part of the PIB (Partners for International Business). The PIB is still open for entry. If interested, please contact hessel.kokke@spacened.nl.

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