Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)
AZO focuses on supporting company foundations and commercial applications based on space technologies and infrastructures. The market for space applications in other business sectors - such as transport, environmental concerns, or agriculture - is very diverse and has experienced enormous growth. This presents a great deal of potential, especially for start-ups and SMEs.
On behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), AZO manages ESA BIC Bavaria - one of the most successful incubation programmes involving the commercial use of space technologies and infrastructures.
For years, AZO has also been supporting Europe's space programmes in the fields of satellite navigation and Earth observation through two innovation competitions: the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and Copernicus Masters. Being embedded in the resulting international network of research, industry, and regional partners enables AZO to help prepare over 600 business cases and product innovations for launch every year.
AZO was founded in Oberpfaffenhofen - a well-known hub of the aerospace industry near Munich, Germany - by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) on the initiative of and with additional assistance from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology in 2004.