"Let's use the next wave of NewSpace – to build a better life on earth."
NewSpace is no longer new. At least, not since Elon Musk's SpaceX. That makes it all the more important for Europe to be prepared for the next wave – not to be swept under by it, but to ride it! Matthias Spott provides support in four key areas.
Matthias communicates his vision of a responsible, sustainable use of space: He inspires, explains and advocates – in lectures, in publications, at universities and business schools.
Matthias contributes to the development of a NewSpace ecosystem in Europe: He looks ahead, promotes and pushes for a functioning technology, commercial and regulatory framework – and brings founders, experts and decision-makers together.
Matthias is building a platform for effective investments in NewSpace as an entrepreneur in the medium and long term: He devises business models, creates and refines applications – and in so doing finds new ways into the private space industry.
Matthias helps advance key technologies in the area of NewSpace: He invests, promotes and helps with implementation – for example, through his involvement with POLARIS spacecraft.
"If you want to set the course, you have to be on deck."
Speaker & expert
Matthias Spott has been through a lot on his journey into NewSpace – sometimes almost being forced to eject, when what started as a small tech startup venture almost became a global war of satellites. He uses this experience to encourage other fellow founders and entrepreneurs to also embark on an exciting journey, be courageous and stay on course. It also informs his regular appearances in public and private forums.
Matthias gives lectures, appears at events and conferences and speaks at universities and business schools. Leading media outlets have reported on him and his adventures. Most recently, in January 2023, ARD – the joint organization of Germany’s regional public-service broadcasters – featured him in a 45-minute TV documentary about the race for power in space.
call for experienced pilots.”
Matthias Spott is not always to be found standing at the helm: When called upon, he is happy to draw on his broad experience and specialist knowledge and act as an advisor, too – as a navigator and pilot, pointing out the best channels, warning about shallow waters, avoiding collision hazards and assessing risks.
Matthias can join you on board for a set amount of time or with a specific job in mind, if required. He offers skillful support to companies in a wide range of industries, from investment firms to strategy and management consultancies, as well as corporates.
Clients can benefit from his expertise in different areas and at different levels – from specific knowhow to comprehensive knowledge transfer, from designing and executing studies to performing due diligence. And, of course, he is the ideal person to contact on matters of strategic alignment and operational setup in the area of NewSpace – especially when you need to secure the buy-in of people for whom space and its economic exploitation is terra incognita.
"The more ambitious the crew and their goals, the more important to master the conditions."
Matthias Spott knows first-hand how crucial environmental conditions are, and how important it is to be properly equipped to face them. That's as true for entrepreneurs as it is for sailors – especially when you start out with a disruptive new venture in a conservative market.
With his own company, eightyLEO, Matthias drove the creation of a European satellite mega-constellation. He started this endeavor in 2014/15 along with the “Big Boys” of Silicon Valley, long before anyone else in Europe was thinking about it. The plan was to meet the growing demand of an increasingly interconnected industrial world for fast Internet, available globally. In the process, he and his team succeeded not only in securing access to radio frequencies – hotly in demand and the scarce resource – but also building a reliable, competitive, cutting-edge technological and commercial basis. Surprisingly, the biggest challenge turned out to be finding trustworthy partners – who were honest, transparent and interested in the ultimate success of the joint journey.
Perseverance, clarity of vision, flexibility, the ability to stay calm – the skills that Matthias has learned while riding out storms, he now passes on to crews of bold young entrepreneurs, whom he helps finance and shape, either in the background or, in certain stages of their development, from the bridge.
With his involvement in Polaris Spaceplanes he is initially focusing on future space transportation – because the rocket technology still in use today, eighty years after its invention by Wernher von Braun, will not be able to meet the requirements of tomorrow's space mobility in low-earth and lunar orbits. As with satellite constellations, space transportation will be disruptive, and it will face huge technical, regulatory and not least geopolitical challenges. Matthias strives to help POLARIS and other such projects develop fast and without making unnecessary deviations.
As a sailor and an entrepreneur, Matthias Spott likes to be on the bridge, listening to and interpreting radio and radar signals. When he spots a promising venture in the field of NewSpace or other deep tech, he sometimes chooses to get involved as an investor – as was the case with Axiom Space, a company that builds the first privately-funded commercial space station in low-earth orbit.
In such cases, unlike in his work as an entrepreneur, he tends to keep a low profile in terms of content and strategy, still gaining insights into critical topics and demonstrating his commitment to the field.