X Laboratory is a high-tech robotics engineering firm - specialized in building "one-off" and "highly automated" equipment for the maritime and offshore energy industries. Our solutions are based on advanced mechatronics, sensors and control and will contribute to making our future more sustainable

Our Story and Background

We are former aerospace engineering experts and mostly emerge from the European Space Agencies Telerobotics & Haptics Laboratory (here filmed by Danish Astronaut Andreas Mogensen), which was founded and operated by Dr. Schiele prior to setting up X Laboratory (... some videos of the Telerobotics & Haptics Lab).

We had created significant impact in the Space sector, by starting and showing feasibility of a novel human space exploration method called Exploration Telerobotics (Video from TU Delft of Dr. Schiele explaining the experiments and vision). We conceived, developed and operated three 1st-time technology demonstration experiments in space, on-board the International Space Station ISS, which we had called Haptics-1 NASA Mission Summary page), Haptics-2 (NASA Mission Summary Page) (AP Video), and INTERACT.  The technology showed intuitive remote-control and operations through LAN networks over significant distances (more than 160 000 kilometers !) with force-feedback and sufficiently good fidelity to allow astronauts in orbit to assemble mechanical systems on Earth remotely, with sub-millimeter tolerance fittings.

After this exciting time and projects in space, it was time to move on and to focus our attention on solving problems on Earth.

While we are just starting, we now will use technology to help our  economy and our society more directly. Our products and services will be focussed on streamlining energy usage, facilitating novel methods and services for green energy production and operation and will ultimately lead to a CO-2 emission free transportation industry through our Moonshot project. Much to do...

Our Vision


Our vision is summarized in this citation above, stemming from our CTO/CEO Dr. Schiele.

It is our vision to keep developing highly advanced engineering solutions that matter and we strive to become and stay the most innovative and influential robotics engineering laboratory in the Netherlands, a breeding ground for robotic innovation, a pool of the best talent, a place where advanced robotics solutions are developed that work and create impact!

It is our mission to help transform the Dutch Maritime & Offshore Industry to become more sustainable and "green", yet, to remain to be more competitive, more profitable and growing faster than elsewhere in the world. We focus on building European advanced industrial automation systems to reduce the cost of offshore wind, to streamline current production processes to be more efficient and less resource consuming and to ultimately create a strong technological contribution to achieve our climate goals!


Management Board

X Laboratory is managed and operated by Joan Leemans and André Schiele together, making use of both their experiences in finance and engineering to develop a compelling and innovative company that attracts talent, builds exciting products and that contributes to sustaining and increasing European economic competitiveness. We draw from an extensive network of seasoned industry professionals that contribute to our advisory board.

Co-founder of the x laboratory

Joannes Willem Leemans

Ambassador & Co-Founder

Joan is an investment and private equity specialist and ambassador of the X Lab

Andre schiele

Dr. Ing. André Schiele


André is an inventor, researcher and entrepreneur, directing the X Laboratory