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AZO - Space of Innovation

AZO has been organising the ESNC in close cooperation with an international network of research, industry, and regional entities since 2004.

By leveraging its extensive experience as a specialist in building and maintaining global innovation networks and organising related competitions, AZO supports product innovations and the creation of new companies, particularly in the field of commercial aerospace applications.

In coordinating the ESNC (satellite navigation) and the Copernicus Masters (Earth observation), the INNOspace Masters (New Space Economy),, and the StartUp World Awards (Robotics) and (Laser Photonics), AZO has established profound expertise in the organisation of international innovation competitions.

In addition, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), it manages ESA BIC Bavaria - one of the most successful incubation programmes involving the commercial use of space technologies and infrastructures.

AZO also participates in various space-related projects funded by the EU (FP7 and H2020 in particular), the European Commission and the German federal government. Furthermore, organises app developer camps and international events such as the European Space Solutions Conference or the Satellite Masters Conference.

AZO was founded in Oberpfaffenhofen - a well-known hub of the aerospace industry near Munich, Germany - by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) through the initiative and additional assistance of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy, and Technology in 2004.



AZO - Space of Innovation
Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen
Friedrichshafener Straße 1
D-82205 Gilching
+49 (0) 81 05 77 2 77 10

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