The SLOTD4.0 consortium was at this year’s IAC2020 The CyberSpace Edition!

October 23, 2020 – The SLOTD4.0 consortium

Our Digital Session was held at D5.2.7 where we presented our recent results,
including how requirements management can be optimized by industry 4.0 and data intelligence.
Read the full paper or watch the video lecture to learn more.


NewSpace comes along with complex topics such as digitization and Industry 4.0 which play a crucial role regarding emerging expectations of new clients. Requirements such as time-to-market and total cost of ownership are becoming more stringent, while at the same time demand for product and service quality is increasing. Furthermore, increased complexity of product lifecycle management makes a sustainable transformation of the space industry necessary. Based on the project SLOTD4.0 funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and administrated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Space Administration, this paper addresses how platform economics with accurate knowledge management methods combined will be used to contribute to a more customer oriented and sustainable transformation towards meeting such expectations in the near future. Based on Industry 4.0 technologies and processes in combination with innovation strategies, a service architecture and different procedures are modelled to map the product life cycle phases of a modular satellite bus from ordering and acquisition to manufacturing and operation. By process optimization and closing of the gap between the business layer and the communication layer based on the reference architecture model Industry 4.0 (RAMI4.0), new potentials are uncovered and specified. Moreover, business processes are presented plotting the phases of payload development and satellite production. Focus here is on the „Customer Journey“. With modular end-to-end processes, development and production are accelerated, delivery times shortened, ordering procedures simplified and communication standardized. In addition, the processes themselves are also modularly structured and can therefore be added or changed over time. Based on broadly diversified results, a digital web platform has been set up adopting overlapping user needs. Such environment supports central administration of all user and mission relevant information, collects, and processes all technical specifications and requirements in an automated, simple, and standardized fashion. Specifically, the dedicated algorithm automatically determines the compatibility of payloads with characteristics of hosting satellite buses. The algorithm also identifies missing or incompatible properties for payload customers, and thereby generates feasibility awareness at an early stage on top.

Keywords: Digitization, Industry 4.0, Process automation, Requirements Management, Inventory Management