SEE Lab | SDA Bocconi School of Management


The Space Economy Evolution Lab is a multidisciplinary center for the study of the space economy, considering the interplay between its financial, economic, technical, legal Institutional, political and international relations aspects. The Lab aimed at capitalizing on the academic and entrepreneurial expertise of its partners within the space economy.

Why SEE Lab?

Starting from the study and in-depth analysis of the space economy, the SDA Bocconi SEE Lab supports organizations by expanding their knowledge base and guiding them in choosing new business platforms.

The evolution of the Space Economy has become an important  range of activities  that use the material and energy  resources of the Solar System to  create value and benefits to  human beings in the course of exploring, researching, understanding, managing and utilizing space.

The SEE Lab provides our stakeholders to be part in a global community that uses innovative strategies to tackle the challenges posed by the evolution of space economy. 

The Evolution of The Space Economy

Since its inception in the early 1970s  these activities have been derived from governmental R&D that embrace all public and private factors. Governments participate through space agencies and military programs, while the private sector activities center on low earth orbit (Earth’s observation) and geosynchronous orbit (telecommunications and other services).

The global space economy comprises private sector’s activities such as space manufacturing and satellite operations that includes all public and private factors in producing spacecraft, satellites and other  space-related  products and services and scientific knowledge derived from space research.  Lower costs of accessing space and technological innovations will help the evolution of the space economy beyond Earth orbit. In particular, future applications are expected to provide goods and services:

  • Space mining and resource extraction, including asteroid mining and solar power generation
  • Space industrial operations
  • Space tourism, including civilian tourism
  • Exploration and colonization, such as future lunar and Martian exploration missions

Overall, this broad trend has included:

  • Reduced costs for satellites and spacecraft
  • Reduced costs for access to space
  • Lower barriers to entry for startup companies
  • Increased role of private capital in space developmen
  • Broader applications of space.
  • Private initiatives for space exploration and colonization




The SEE Lab operates as a platform composed by technological partners, space agencies, and industrial sponsors. Our learning and innovation platform empowers individuals and organizations with the mindset, skill-set, and network to build breakthrough solutions leveraging on rapidly accelerating technologies – including, among others, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotics, and new propulsion systems - in innovative ways to unlock solutions that can positively impact the evolution of the space economy.

SEE LAB Catalyst :

The SEE LAB has the function of Catalyst with specific aim to be a point of contact for space and non-space actors: