ESA will surprise the international air show in Berlin


June 20, 2022

The crowds of the Berlin International Air Show, which will focus on innovation, new technologies and sustainability, will be delighted by space.

About 180,000 people attended the event – which will take place from 22 to 26 June – when it was last held in 2018.

ESA participates in the space pavilion to present the latest programs, missions and technologies at the heart of Europe’s space efforts. The pavilion also highlights the forthcoming space trade opportunities for German, European and global industries, focusing on sustainability and climate change, digitalisation, innovation, research and space security.

Mathias’ first spacewalk

State days June 25-26

While ILA Berlin is limited to a professional audience for the first three days, the general public is very welcome to visit on June 25-26.

Over the weekend, the Space Pavilion will provide a full program of stage conversations conducted in German, suitable for everyone and presenting current and upcoming missions, how space data helps us understand climate change and respond to natural disasters, space careers, children’s activities and many More ▼.

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer has recently returned from his Cosmic Kiss mission to the International Space Station, and former ESA astronaut Reinhold Ewald will lead public discussions focused on human flight and science in orbit.

Professional days June 22-24

On June 22, Josef Ashbacher, Director General of ESA, together with Prof. Anke Kaiser-Pizal and Dr. Walter Pelzer from DLR and Marco Fuchs from BDLI will participate in the opening of the joint ESA / DLR / BDLI ILA space pavilion with a ceremony on ribbon cutting.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will also visit the pavilion and be joined by ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst – whose two missions to the International Space Station took place in 2014 and 2018 – and Matthias Maurer, who returned from the station on May 6, 2022. ., after 176 days in space.

New applications for Earth data

Experts from ESA, ECMWF, Eumetsat, DLR, the European Commission and German industry will also be seen on the opening day to discuss current and upcoming Earth observation missions, the use of EC climate, weather and meteorological data and disaster management. space.

A spaceship watching the sun.

Civil aspects of space security

As not only astronauts but also humans on Earth rely on space for their safety and security, it is vital to keep satellites and manned ships safe and protected from natural and man-made hazards. Solar storms can damage space satellites and power lines on Earth, leading to potentially large and long-lasting power outages. Meanwhile, space debris is increasing, threatening active satellites in orbit, as well as the ISS. Timely and accurate hazard warnings are needed, along with measures to address them.

On 23 June, Rolf Dancing, ESA’s Chief Operating Officer, will discuss civilian aspects of security and protection, including space debris, planetary protection and space weather, as part of a panel discussion involving some of Europe’s top space security experts.

Portal with Orion above the moon

ESA goes to the moon with its international partners. NASA’s Artemis program plans to bring people back to the moon and, in collaboration with ESA and other partners, will launch them into lunar orbit Portal with living quarters for astronauts. ESA is building three service modules for the Artemis program, including Gateway’s ESPRIT communication module.

On June 24, Didier Schmidt of the ESA’s Directorate for Human Space Flight will lead a panel discussion on how Europe can best prepare for our future after the ISS and deep space exploration.

On the same day, Elodie Viau, director of telecommunications and integrated applications at ESA, is due to discuss the role of space in digitalisation, highlighting quantum communications and other future technologies.

Also on June 24, Günther Hassinger, ESA’s director of science, will moderate a panel discussion on space innovation and research, including the NASA / ESA / CSA space telescope James Webb. The largest and most sophisticated observatory ever launched into space, Webb went through a six-month training period before he could begin scientific work, calibrating his instruments for his space environment and aligning his mirrors. His first full-color images and spectroscopic data are due on July 12.

For the space pavilion at ILA

ESA participates in the space pavilion together with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection of Germany, the Association of the German Aerospace Industry BDLI and DLR – the German Aerospace Center.

ILA Berlin ticket store


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