GLOBART Space Hack

Space Hack 12. & 13. October 2018

“Everything is potentially possible“ 

The GLOBART Spacehack event at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt offered young ambitious minds the opportunity to solve issues concerning space debris within 24 hours. With the GLOBART SpaceHack on 12th and 13th October in cooperation with the FH Wr. Neustadt and the ESA-BIC Austria, GLOBART opened an interdisciplinary thinking space for relevant future topics.

Space debris is calculated to 8,000 tons or almost 750,000 objects. Based on solutions proposed by the Clean Space Initiative of the European Space Agency, it is necessary to develop future-oriented and competitive projects for a sustainable space flight and the removal of space debris. The best project is awarded 5,000 €. In addition, a start-up coaching of the incubation centre of the ESA in Austria was awarded.

About 40 participants, from the FH Wr. Neustadt, University of Technology Vienna, University of Applied Arts Vienna, TU Delft, FOTEC and HTL Eisenstadt accepted the challenge. At the start of the event, the leading mentors (Dr. Carsten Scharlemann / FH Wr. Neustadt, Kartik Kumar M.Sc. / TU Delft, Florian Schummer M.Sc. / TU Munich, Mag. Florian Schirg / accent NÖ) supported the participants during topic selection with input and expertise.

Starting at noon, four teams worked on for 24-hours straight to create new projects focussing on the two main topics removal of space debris and the use of recycled material in space.

As a fact, the mentors´ expertise increased the high level of productivity until late night. Although you were able to see the exhaustion of the participants in the next morning, the last working hours were again intensively used.

Finally, a top-class jury consisting of business and science (Mag. Phil Martin Mössler M. Sc (LSE) (ESA-BIC Austria), Dr. Carsten Scharlemann (FH Wiener Neustadt), Florian Schummer M. Sc. (TU Munich), Mag.a Victoria Schebek (bmvit, Department of Space Affairs), Mag. Michael Moll (accent NÖ), Ing. Claus Zeppelzauer (ecoplus, Lower Austria’s Business Agency GmbH), Ignaz Forstmeier, BA (board member GLOBART, co-founder Online Platform Personio ) rated the seven-minute pitch from each group.

As Heidi Dobner and Carsten Scharlemann mentioned in the award ceremony, all participants are winners, since knowledge and ideas were spread, a creative process was set in motion to learn new things and the opportunity to meet new people.

The GLOBART SpaceHack joins the program of the traveling exhibition “Our Place in Space”, which can be seen at the NHM Vienna until November 4th. It is important for GLOBART as think tank to ask the right questions, to lead a constructive discourse, to develop solutions for the future and, above all, to promote their implementation. Our core goals are to support awake, critical and energetic people, to tell stories of success, to give the architects of the future a podium and to inspire them, to implement their ideas as well. The symbiosis of art and science is a constant companion.


The Team “Space Removal Inc.” won the GLOBART SpaceHack with a mobile game that is designed to catch space debris from space using virtual reality. The jury decided on the project, since “a conscious perception of the problem is anchored in the social discourse and thus the greatest added value can arise”.

The team around Maria Hasler (University of Vienna), Kaarel Repän (FH Wiener Neustadt), Purchimun Low (FH Wiener Neustadt), Michael Happl (FOTEC), Fouad Abiad (TU Delft) and Bryan Weimer (FH Wiener Neustadt) are going to use the prize money in order to put their idea into practice.


Mentors & Jury


Kartik Kumar M. Sc. (TU Delft, Analog Astronaut/ area of expertise: Orbit Debris Removal)

Florian Schummer M. Sc. (TU Munich, Aerospace Engineering / area of expertise: De-Orbit canvas, shape memory alloy, small satellites)

Mag. Florian Schirg  (accent NÖ/ area of expertise: Start Up founding)

Dr. Carsten Scharlemann (FH Wr. Neustadt / Head of Institute Aerospace Engineering/ aera of expertise: Space Propulsion)


Mag. phil. Martin Mössler M. Sc. (LSE) (ESA-BIC Austria/ Science Park Graz)

Dr. Carsten Scharlemann (FH Wr. Neustadt)

Florian Schummer M. Sc. (TU Munich)

Mag.a Victoria Schebek (bmvit, Department of Outer Space Affairs)

Mag. Michael Moll (accent NÖ)

Ing. Claus Zeppelzauer* (ecoplus. Niederösterreichs Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH)

Ignaz Forstmeier, B.A. (board member GLOBART, co-founder Online Plattform Personio)