Friday 4 October, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Damien Hartmann, President of Open Space Makers, signed a partnership agreement under the Federation initiative. Launched in July 2017, this CNES initiative grew out of a thought process geared towards opening the space sector to a wider audience, drawing its inspiration from maker movements and the collaborative economy.
Federation aims to nurture and lead a disruptive space ecosystem bringing together different components of civil society to develop open hardware in France and spur new space concepts that could be developed collaboratively. A strong dynamic has rapidly taken hold in civil society, with the creation in October 2017 of the Open Space Makers non-profit association.
Today, Open Space Makers is putting Federation into practice through:
• a network of third-party spaces able to build prototypes in distributed fashion
• a web platform for incubation of ideas, project management, design and open collaborative learning
• a contribution framework (the Federation Charter) based on Open Source principles
The agreement signed today by Open Space Makers and CNES provides a framework for collaboration in three areas:
• supporting development and execution of existing and new Federation projects
• creating, sharing and disseminating space knowledge and expertise between citizen scientists and CNES personnel
• pursuing joint actions to foster new space concepts that could be developed collaboratively
This agreement is a testament to the desire of CNES and Open Space Makers to project themselves forward to a shared and open future, and to their teams’ ability to invent new ways of working.