‘Access to Space for All’: UNOOSA and Airbus to Announce Winner of Free Payload Flight on ISS/ Bartolomeo

Day: Tuesday 26 October
Time: 12:00 -12:30 GST
Location: Sheikh Rashid Hall F, Dubai World Trade Centre

Through the Access to Space for All initiative, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) helps Member States, in particular emerging and developing nations, to break new ground in space science and technology. The Airbus Bartolomeo external platform on the International Space Station (ISS) is one of several research and orbital opportunities offered through the initiative.

During this session, UNOOSA Director Simonetta di Pippo and Airbus Head of Space Exploration Andreas Hammer will talk about the dawn of new opportunities in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), and announce the selection of a team of institutions from different developing countries, whose exciting Space project will fly to the ISS for installation aboard the Bartolomeo platform free of charge.

The Bartolomeo platform is a new and unique hosting facility which eases the way of bringing a payload into space. With this solution, countries and institutions previously unable to afford space research can now gain access to the benefits of space.

The UNOOSA-Airbus partnership goes beyond the utilization of the Bartolomeo platform for 'Access to Space for All' and it is also providing exciting results in the field of Earth observation. This partnership is contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and exploring how space can help achieve the SDGs in practice. Particular focus is on Goal 4 “Quality Education” and Goal 9 “Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure” and promotes international cooperation across nations in the peaceful uses of outer space.

This session is organized by


Simonetta DI PIPPO

Director, SEE Lab (Space Economy Evolution Laboratory) SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan (Italy)


Andreas HAMMER

SVP Space Exploration, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH