After more than a year of project development, the HATCH web portal was launched at Paris Space Week. Its goal is to become the primary source of information on space exploration and innovation, enabling its users – industry professionals as well as enthusiasts – to get the information they need quickly and easily.
The HATCH portal www.spacehatch.eu has a unique concept: it is one of the few space industry resources intended for both professionals and enthusiasts.
“It wasn’t easy to create a portal that gathered highly specific information on space projects as well as information that would be interesting and easy to understand for non-specialists such as students, schoolchildren, parents or journalists,” says Linda Kimeiša, a communication specialist from the Latvian company WIT Berry. “In order to demonstrate how this information and concept works, we organised a contest for both professionals and enthusiasts before launching the portal. The result was brilliant. Horizon 2020 project specialists, space professionals and even two pupils took part in the contest. All in one category! Isn’t that an achievement?!”
This was one of the first attempts by the HATCH team to show that space science is accessible to anyone interested in the industry, just like the HATCH portal. The team also plans to organise a wide range of activities in the future to demonstrate the opportunities, tools and information available on HATCH for everyone in Europe.
Tanya Boardman, director of Catena Space: “From designing the concept, articulating it in the proposal and seeing HATCH come to life, it’s been a long time and a lot of hard work. Seeing how the portal has developed and all the useful functionality has made it worthwhile and it’s been a great experience working in the consortium. We are looking forward to seeing how HATCH is used to increase the reach of Space research and innovation.”
The web portal currently offers extensive information on European Commission-funded space projects in the framework of Horizon 2020, FP6 and FP7; a listing of various events in collaboration with Space Agenda; educational information in collaboration with Space Awareness; and content called Quick Knowledge, created by industry professionals and enthusiasts.