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Bake in Space (EN) http://bakein.space Baking where nobody baked before Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:28:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://bakein.space/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/menu_logo.png Bake in Space (EN) http://bakein.space 32 32 Bake In Space gains strong interest in Leicester http://bakein.space/blog/2018/05/15/bis-leicester-news/ Tue, 15 May 2018 15:57:44 +0000 http://bakein.space/?p=1011 In recent weeks, Bake In Space has gained the attention of Leicester’s local news. UK Coordinator, Ryan Laird, spoke to Leicester’s local newspaper, the Leicester Mercury and appeared on BBC local radio.

The Leicester Mercury Business Magazine featured an in-depth interview on our project and how it’s an exciting time to be part of this new-space movement. Ryan describes how “Leicester is positioning itself at the heart of these developments with a focus on encouraging space entrepreneurship and supporting new start-ups to accelerate innovation in this field.” https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/business/astronauts-could-one-day-grow-1528884

Ryan spoke to BBC Radio Leicester from the local family craft bakery Brucciani. Appearing on Jo Hayward’s breakfast show he described how Bake In Space is seeking to address the challenges of baking fresh bread in space and sustainable food production in this unique environment. Listen to him here from 01:51:58 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p063tzxt (link expires 31 May at 09:00 BST)

In addition to BBC Radio Leicester, Ryan also featured on BBC local radio on Georgey Spanswick’s evening show, which is broadcast nationwide, including the Channel Islands. He describes how we consider bread a stepping-stone to human exploration and how we hope to pave the way for the future of space food. Listen to him here from 02:12:00 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0637rlq (link expires 1 Jun 09:00 BST)

At PubhD Leicester in partnership with Tech Us Together, Ryan also talked about the opportunities in the European space industry and how “you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to get involved with space” – including our venture with Bake In Space.

On 12th June he is also due to speak more about Bake In Space for the Leicester Astronomical Society in a meeting to be held at the National Space Centre.

]]> Bake In Space Sets Up Branch in the UK http://bakein.space/blog/2018/02/16/bake-in-space-uk/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:37:59 +0000 http://bakein.space/?p=972 As we are eagerly anticipating the launches of ESA astronauts Matthias Maurer (Germany) and Tim Peake (UK) estimated for 2020/21 we are working towards supporting their upcoming missions to be in line for future experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). It’s therefore logical we have now set up a UK branch for Bake In Space to engage with the activities leading up to Tim Peake’s second mission.

Our office in the UK is located in Leicester’s new hub for high tech and innovative business – DOCK. Here we have access to first-class office space and business support services together with an entrepreneurial community close to the National Space Centre. DOCK was one of five regional incubators to receive funding from the UK Space Agency, designed to enable the provision of a supportive business environment to start-ups like Bake In Space.

Over the past year we’ve come a long way in Germany and are at an advanced stage of hardware development. We will continue to work with our German partners to further test our oven concept. We will also develop additional hardware items and food preparation processes to be suited for microgravity.

In the UK our focus will be more on sustainable food production, food manufacturing and safe food processing. The region has identified food & drink manufacturing as one of their priority areas. It is home to several major players, as well as quality food products from smaller producers. The area is known also for its strong agricultural base. Nearby is the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), the food science campus of the University of Lincoln, which explores multidisciplinary research for the food industry.

Being located around the corner from the National Space Centre also allows us to engage in education and outreach activities leading up to Tim Peake’s second mission. We see great potential for spin-off events from Bake In Space in schools in support of the National Space Academy.

In addition, there are plans for a Space Park in Leicester, adjacent to the National Space Centre, in an ambitious initiative to develop a global hub and collaborative community based on space and space-enabled technologies. The Park’s first building is expected to be ready in 2019.

Bake In Space is excited to join Leicester in this drive towards commercial space activities. We hope to combine the region’s strengths in food manufacturing and space research to put the city on the map as the ‘space food capital’.

]]> Onto New Horizons – our manifesto http://bakein.space/blog/2018/01/24/onto-new-horizons-our-manifesto/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:50:16 +0000 http://bakein.space/?p=924 As we embarked on Bake In Space in October 2016, we knew we were taking on an ambitious challenge. We wanted to create a piece of complex hardware for the International Space Station (ISS) and in parallel find funding through sponsors all within the ambitious timeframe of 14 months. The technical and financial hurdles were very high from the beginning. However we managed to engage a lot of people for our cause. Late in the mission proposals and despite all odds, we were selected as one of the experiments to fly on DLR’s Horizons mission in 2018. From nothing we have come a very long way.

Over the past year we’ve had great conversations with a wide range of potential partners from the food industry as well as household appliance manufacturers and gathered huge media interest in our endeavour. We were happy to have been covered in the New Scientist and were amazed to have been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the popular U.S. late night talk show. We also spoke at the UK Space Conference, attended the StartupCon in Cologne and the Back Kongress (Baking Congress) in Munich where we all received very positive feedback. But unfortunately the publicity has so far failed to translate into interest from potential European sponsors.

We entered the ESA BIC Startup Challenge as part of the INNOspace Masters competition and were very happy to have come out on top as winner (see link) and were awarded with 50,000 Euros worth of startup services. As reported in SpaceNews in October 2017:

“We are obviously grateful for the 50,000 euros we have received from the competition, but to tell the truth, if you are trying to develop a piece of space hardware like this, 50,000 doesn’t get you too far.”

Despite a great amount of interest and support by DLR, we’ve therefore had to pull out of the Horizons mission this year due to lack of funds.

While this at first may seem like a loss, we feel we have a learned a lot from the experience of trying to launch a space startup in Europe. The experience has made us stronger and more determined to turn Bake in Space into a success venture. To also demonstrate to future space entrepreneurs that they too can change the course of human history by making their mark in humanity’s endeavour to reach for the stars. We are certain that the seemingly simple achievement of enabling us to bake fresh bread from processed raw materials in space, will pave the way for the future of space food and tied to that the wellbeing of future generations of astronauts. Why wait till tomorrow for this to happen? It is bound to happen one day, so why not start today?

As we look onto ‘new horizons’, we plan to support upcoming astronaut missions to be in line for future experiments. We are looking at focusing our corporate mission on four domains in particular:

  1. Sustainable food production
  2. Safe food processing
  3. New baking & cooking methods and technologies
  4. Cleaning, recycling and waste management solutions

These domains will not only enable us to set the standards for the future of human spaceflight but will also lead to spin-off innovations that we as a company want to commercialise here on Earth. The kitchens of the future, may be derived from space as could be new food production methods to feed a future world population of 10 billion people.

That is why we are keen to speak to companies that have the technological capabilities that our mission requires. Companies that think beyond immediate short-term turnover gains, but that would like to create real value for their customers and employees and participate in advancing humanity’s conquest of space.

Bake in Space is now no longer looking for sponsors in return for advertising value. Instead we are looking for customers that are interested to have their terrestrial products space proofed within the scope of our four mission domains and investors who see the long-term economic prospects associated with a moonshot concept like “Bake in Space”.

We are eagerly anticipating the launches of ESA astronauts Matthias Maurer (Germany) and Tim Peake (UK) estimated for 2020/21. In the meantime let’s get baking!

]]> Interview with Countdown Podcast http://bakein.space/blog/2017/06/21/countdown-podcast/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:24:33 +0000 http://bakein.space/?p=684 Countdown Podcast about how Bake In Space came about, what problems we have to overcome, and how to finally bake bread rolls in space. Listen to the podcast here (in German). For an overview of the different podcasts on Countdown Podcast, visit here.
Photo Credits: Sky vector created by Freepik (via Countdown Podcast)
]]> Bake In Space Inspires Hollywood Trailer http://bakein.space/blog/2017/06/16/jimmykimmel/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:22:47 +0000 http://bakein.space/?p=670 “Not only has the idea of baking bread in space inspired the scientific community, it also got some creative juices flowing here in Hollywood and is breathing some much-needed new life to the space-action genre.” ]]> Bake In Space Makes International Headlines http://bakein.space/blog/2017/06/12/bake-in-space-makes-international-headlines/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:18:52 +0000 http://bakein.space/?p=565 article featured in New Scientist. On Friday the article was trending on Reddit at /r/space and at the time of writing has nearly 13k ‘upvotes’.

The news item was picked up across news agencies worldwide. This this will continue to be updated:




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Middle East

Freshly baked bread in space? – New Scientist

“Astronauts Will Soon Be Able To Bake Bread On The International Space Station” – Wochit Tech

“NASA’s 52-year bread ban may be about to end” – WIOnews

In addition, news of us winning the ESA BIC prize of the INNOspace Masters competition was reported by Engadget and Startup Valley:   Lead image via collectSPACE: “Bake In Space aims to make crumb-free German rolls on board the International Space Station in 2018”. (NASA/Wikipedia/collectSPACE)]]> Bake In Space feature in New Scientist http://bakein.space/blog/2017/06/08/bake-in-space-feature-in-new-scientist/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:15:55 +0000 http://bakein.space/?p=558 here.  ]]> Alexander Gerst’s Mission Name and Logo Announced http://bakein.space/blog/2017/05/29/horizons/ Mon, 29 May 2017 13:52:46 +0000 http://bakein.space/?p=546 press release by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) that followed the announcement mentioned Bake In Space as one of the planned technology demonstrations for the mission. DLR Mission Manager Volker Schmid said:
“If this experiment actually creates all the necessary qualifications in the run-up to the ISS, this can also be interesting with regard to the supply of fresh food for long-term missions, such as a flight to Mars.”
Watch the full news conference and announcement here (German): ]]> Join us at the UK Space Conference! http://bakein.space/blog/2017/05/24/join-us-at-the-uk-space-conference/ Wed, 24 May 2017 09:45:54 +0000 http://bakein.space/?p=538 Bake In Space will be speaking at the 2017 UK Space Conference, next week in Manchester. The 2017 UK Space Conference is set to be the best and biggest ever. Held every two years, this flagship event brings together the entire space community, including government, industry, academia, end users, education providers, researchers and the financial community. Hear from Bake In Space’s CEO/Founder, Sebastian D. Marcu at Soapbox session 1 (14:15-15:15) on Wednesday 31 May 2017. Learn how Bake In Space is leveraging the business opportunities afforded by the commercialisation of the ISS and is contributing directly to NASA and ESA‘s goals for the long-term exploration efforts of humankind. See the full programme at: http://ukspace2017.co.uk/programme]]> Bake In Space wins ESA BIC Challenge http://bakein.space/blog/2017/05/19/esa-bic-challenge/ Fri, 19 May 2017 09:44:59 +0000 http://bakein.space/?p=532 We did it! We won the ESA BIC Challenge at the INNOspace Masters Competition! Announced at a festive awards ceremony on 17 May 2017 in Berlin, we were delighted to win the ESA BIC Startup Challenge as part of the INNOspace Masters Competition. The Challenge was looking for future concepts in the new space economy that fundamentally improve the efficiency and customer orientation of the aerospace industry at large as well as ideas and potential solutions for enhancing the flexibility and performance of the processes, components, or subsystems involved in space. Bake In Space will now be supported in our successful entry into the space market at ESA BIC Darmstadt or ESA BIC Bavaria.
Credit: DLR/Leuschner