ILA Future Lab 2018

How will we fly in the future? How can we make aircraft greener? What is the Next Big Thing that will disrupt the aerospace sector?  The ILA Future Lab was launched to provide a first look at the aerospace technologies that have the potential to change our world, how we travel and how we do business. 

Visitors can also join the dynamic talks at the ILA Future Lab FORUM, where aerospace leaders and the world’s top experts on aerospace innovation will delve into the industry’s most urgent – and fascinating — issues.

Reiner Winkler, BDLI-Präsidiumsmitglied

Von der Idee in die Luft: Wie wir übermorgen fliegen, wird im ILA Future Lab enthüllt.

Reiner Winkler, BDLI-Präsidiumsmitglied

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Forum - Program

Hall 2 / Booth 204

Mittwoch, 25. April 2018
Event Kategorie Datum // Uhrzeit
Welcome and Opening of ILA Future Lab
  • Reiner Winkler,
    BDLI Vice President Aviation and Member of the BDLI Board of Directors
  • Thomas Jarzombek,
    Federal Coordinator of Aerospace Policy,
    Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
General 25.04.18 // 10:15 - 10:30
Setting the Scene for European Aviation Research – the Global Dimension


  • Opening address
    Mrs Clara de la TORRE, Director for Transport, European Commission, Directorate-General Research and Innovation

  • Flightpath 2050 and the new SRIA: the need for international cooperation to achieve European Goals
    Mr. Jean-Brice Dumont, chairman of the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and innovation in Europe (ACARE)

  • Round-table "Why do we need international cooperation?"
    moderated by the European Commission
    • Mr Michel Peters, Chair of IFAR (International Forum Aviation Research)
    • Mr Alain Aubertin, Vice President of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC)
    • Mr Sergey Chernyshev, Director General of TsAGI, Federation of Russia
    • Mrs Shi Jingmin, Deputy Counsellor to the Department of Equipment Manufacturing Industry, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Republic of China
  • Conclusions
    Sebastiano FUMERO, Head of Aviation Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General Research and Innovation
General 25.04.18 // 10:30 - 11:30
Digitalization in Aerospace


  • Keynote by Dr. Peter Weckesser, Digital Transformation Officer, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Host: Götz Anspach von Broecker, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Industry Panel
    • Lufthansa Technik AG: Jan Stoevesand, Senior Director Analytics and Data Solutions
    • AIRBUS Defence & Space CIS (Communications, Intelligence and Security): Eric Even, Head of Marketing and Sales
    • Premium Aerotec: Dr. Armel Djeukou, Head of Industrial Solutions & Strategy
    • Rolls-Royce: Richard Goodhead, Senior Vice President - Marketing at Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace
    • ZARM Technology: Holger OELZE, CEO
Digitalization 25.04.18 // 11:30 - 12:50
Cabin of the Future


Insights on Trends, Market Developments and Opportunities for Germany’s Aviation Industry

  • Moderator: Cord Schellenberg, German Media and Aviation Expert
  • Industry panel
    • Dr. Jörg Schuler, SVP Procurement Cabin, Airbus Operations
    • Wolf-Dieter Kuhnla, Vice President R&T + Innovations, Diehl Aviation
    • Klaus Steinmeyer, Vice President Strategy, Products and Programs, RECARO Aircraft Seating
Digitalization 25.04.18 // 12:50 - 13:50
Startups in Aerospace: AIRBUS BizLab


Airbus BizLab will present a selected group of startups and intrapreneurs (internal projects) from the corporate acceleration programme that have entered the aerospace industry. Along with the stories of those innovators, we will show how the barriers of entry to the industry are lowered and new players come on board.

Host: Bruno Gutierres, Head of Airbus BizLab
Moderator: Rey Buckman, Airbus BizLab Campus Leader Hamburg

  • Augmented & Virtual Reality
    • AvatAir: communications-oriented technology solutions for supplier relations in the aerospace industry
    • Holo|One: employing augmented reality to conduct faster and more efficient maintenance control of aircrafts before departure
  • Passenger and Airline Services
    • CardShade: custom airplane window shades that generate advertising revenues
    • SkyBuys: online-to-offline eCommerce duty free platform
    • eGround Services: broadcasting aircraft data by connecting all ground support servicing actors - human or machine – and enable new services to improve turn-around-time
  • Disrupting technologies in electrification and UAVs
    • BroadBit Batteries: revolutionizing the green economy with new sodium-based battery technology
    • SkySense: breakthrough charging technology for drones
  • Industrie 4.0 and the Factory of the Future
    • NEEWEE: creating a digital twin of the aircraft assembly line to bring in improved predictability in terms of rate throughput
    • Neuron Soundware: using sound to monitor and detect machine anomalies
    • UWINLOC: offering the only IoT indoor location solution using battery-less tags

About Airbus BizLab: Launched in 2015, Airbus BizLab is the aerospace accelerator where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. Over the past three years, BizLab has hosted 47 startups and 49 internal projects at the three locations in Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Bangalore (India).

Startups 25.04.18 // 13:50 - 15:20
IDL-Preisverleihung Innovationspreis der Deutschen Luftfahrt (German Award Ceremony)


About IDL award ceremony: IDL connects and presents newest trends and developments in the German aviation industry and builds bridges to other branches, e.g. IT. IDL is a networking platform bringing together innovators, start-ups, companies, politics and research institutes. During the award ceremony 12 finalists will be presented and winners of each category will be honoured.

  • Award Categories
    • Customer Journey
    • Cross Innovation
    • Digitization
    • Reduction of Emissions
  • Speakers and Laudators
    • Federal Minstry of Economic Affairs and Energy, tbd
    • Prof. Rolf Henke, Member of the Executive Board German Aerospace Center (DLR), IDL jury chairman
    • Dr. Klaus Richter, Chief Procurement Officer, Airbus Commercial Aircraft
    • Klaus-Peter Willsch, Member of the Bundestag
    • Matthias von Randow, German Aviation Association (BDL)
  • more speakers will be announced soon
General 25.04.18 // 16:00 - 18:00
Donnerstag, 26. April 2018
Event Kategorie Datum // Uhrzeit
Sustainable Aviation Fuels


  • Moderation: Siegfried Knecht, aireg e.V.
  • Panelists:
    • Steve Csonka, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)
    • Nicolas Jeuland, Safran Tech
    • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Aigner, DLR
    • Dr. Arne Roth, Bauhaus Luftfahrt
Eco-Efficiency 26.04.18 // 10:15 - 11:15
Hybrid-Electric Flight


  • Host: Prof. Rolf Henke, DLR Executive Board Member responsible for Aeronautics
  • Panel including
    • AIRBUS, Andy Anderson, COO Airbus Corporate Technology Office
    • Bauhaus-Luftfahrt, Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung, Executive Director Research & Technology
    • Lufthansa Technik, David Doyle, VP Business Development, Innovation Management & Product Development
    • Rolls-Royce, Paul Stein, Chief Technology Officer
    • SIEMENS, Dr. Frank Anton, Executive Vice President Siemens e Aircraft
Disruption 26.04.18 // 11:15 - 12:15
The Future of Urban Air Mobility


  • Host: Dr. Andreas Thellmann, AIRBUS Helicopters,
    Economics of new VTOL’s and Urban Air Mobility
  • Key-Note by Dorothee Bär,
    Minister of State, Federal Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs
  • CityAirbus - Self-piloted urban air taxi
    Dr. Marius Bebesel, AIRBUS Helicopters, Head of CityAirbus Program
  • VOLOCOPTER - Autonomous, on-demand shared mobility
    Jan-Hendrik Boelens, VOLOCOPTER, Chief Technology Officer
  • RACER - A New High-Speed Helicopter
    Johannes Plaum, AIRBUS Helicopters, Head of Vehicle and Material
Disruption 26.04.18 // 12:15 - 13:15
Fuel for Innovation - ESA BIC Startups in Aerospace


Moderator: Sebastian Straube, Founder and CEO of Interstellar Ventures

  • Pitch: Production, communication, tracking
    Startups: Blackwave ; CargoSteps GmbH & Co ; 9T-Labs, NAiSE Gmbh
    • Frank Salzgeber (Head of the ESA Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office of the European Space Agency ESA
    • Frank Zimmermann (ESA BIC Darmstadt Manager)
    • Sabine Dannelke (Head of Division Satellite Navigation/Galileo, Digitalization of Public Transport at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Berlin, Germany)
  • Pitch: Lightweight production
    Startups: Skyflox, Touchless Automation, Kimovis, NF Advanced Engineering, OBUU, Cevotec
Startups 26.04.18 // 13:15 - 14:45
The Future of Turbofans


Over the history of commercial aviation, tremendous progress has been made in improving efficiency and reliability of aero-engines. And although it is recognized that this trend is nearing the asymptote, it is also agreed that probably another 10-15% fuel-burn efficiency could be achieved before the “classical” turbofan architecture will have exhausted all of its potential. This panel will provide the views of the major European and Academia on how to get there, before we actually move to other radical architectures.

  • Host: Jean-Francois Brouckaert, CleanSky JU, Project Officer CLEANSKY Engines ITD
  • Round Table:
    • Dr. Stefan Weber, MTU Aero Engines AG, SVP Technology & Engineering Advanced Programs
    • Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce, Chief Technology Officer
    • Stéphane Cueille, SAFRAN, SEVP & Chief Technology Officer, (President of CORAC)
    • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Mönig, DLR, Director of Institute of Propulsion Technology
Eco-Efficiency 26.04.18 // 15:30 - 16:30
Let’s talk about DRONES



  • Host: Christof Fischoeder, DroneMasters, Partner
  • Industry Panel
    • Airbus Aerial - Dr. Sahil Suri, Business Development - Commercial UAS / Digital Services
    • Advanced analytics for drone based imagery - Pix4D - Henrik Battke, Regional Managing Director
    • Vans & Drones - Dr. Steven Kasih, Head of Autonomous Delivery @ Future Transportation, Daimler AG
    • Drone Detection and Defeat – the Hensoldt approach, Marian Rachow, Head of Hensoldt Ventures
Disruption 26.04.18 // 16:30 - 17:30
Reception “Drinks & Drones” @ ILA Future Lab FORUM

After work join us for this meet & greet of the international drone community at ILA Berlin. Open to everyone who likes to obsess about the coming age of drones. Sponsored by Verband Unbemannte Luftfahrt (VUL), the joint initiative of the German Aviation Association (BDL) and the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI).

General 26.04.18 // 17:30 - 18:00
Freitag, 27. April 2018
Event Kategorie Datum // Uhrzeit
Leveraging the Aerospace Startup Ecosystem


  • Speaker: Dr. Christian Suttner, Co-founder and Managing Partner Starburst
  • An overview of why and how aerospace corporations can benefit from the startup revolution, including recent corporate activity trends.
Disruption 27.04.18 // 10:15 - 10:30
Starburst selection committee


Join us to listen to seven startups disrupting aerospace pitch in front of Starburst industrial partners

  • 14bis using blockchain technology to trace certified aircraft parts
  • Astrome aiming to launch a LEO satellite constellation to distribute Broadband internet over India
  • CCP technologies owning 50+ patents to lower the carbon footprint of aviation fuel
  • Faradair developing a hybrid engine to make a 10-seater regional Aircraft
  • Valispace selling a collaborative software to help engineering teams developing satellites
  • Lin industrial coming from Russia and building a nanosatellite space launcher
  • SkyReal enabling you to visualize and work on large CAD files with Virtual reality

The audience will be composed of representatives from Safran Corporate Ventures, Eutelsat, Thales, Daher, CNES, Panasonic, Lufthansa and AES



Startups 27.04.18 // 10:30 - 11:45
Berlin - Startup Capital of Europe


  • Host: Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
    Moderation: Sandra Schulze, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology GmbH
  • Welcome and Introduction of Berlin THE Startup Capital of Europe
    Christian Rickerts, State Secretary at the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises
  • Project AlphaLink - Towards Internet from the Stratosphere
    Dr. Daniel Cracau Member of the StarTUp Incubator, Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Enabling the 3rd dimension for Berlin
    Andreas Lamprecht Management Assistant, AirMap
  • The Future of Aerial Intelligence
    Gautier Chapuis CTO & Founder AIRTEAM – Roof Inspector
  • GROOVE - A revolutionary easy and cost effective way to test your hardware in space
    Walter Ballheimer, CEO German Orbital Systems
  • Mission to the Moon
    Kate Arkless Gray Head of Communications and Outreach, PTScientists GmbH
Startups 27.04.18 // 11:45 - 12:30
LuFo Success Stories


Success Stories of Industrial Applications benefiting from public supported research projects in Germany

  • Moderation: Jan Bode, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • A350 XWB-PANEL
    • Airbus –Marcus Feiler, Head of Aerostructure R&T
    • Aircraft Philipp – Rolf Philipp, CEO
    • Diehl Aviation – Dieter Kuhnla, VP Innovations
    • Liebherr Aerospace – Stefan Pufe, Director R&T
    • Premium Aerotec– Klaus Kalmer, Head of Engineering
    • Rolls-Royce Deutschland – Dr. Uwe Heßler, Head of R&T
    • Zodiac Aerospace - Dr. Markus Werner, R&T Strategy
  • A320 NEO -PANEL
    • Airbus – Jens Gralfs, Head of Industrial Research & Technology
    • MTU Aero Engines – Dr. Gerhard Ebenhoch, Technology Management
    • OTTO FUCHS –Stefan Laartz, Head of HR
    • RECARO Aircraft Seating – S. Bauer, Strategic Project Manager to CEO
    • Lufthansa Technik – Sven Taubert, Corporate Innovation Manager
    • Boeing – Drew Magill, Managing Director –Marketing, Europe
    • Diehl Aviation – Dieter Kuhnla, VP Innovations
    • Jeppesen – Dr. Niels Stark, Director Research & Cooperation
    • LiebherrAerospace – Stefan Pufe, Director R&T
    • Lufthansa Technik – Matthias Nolte, Innovation Project Manager
    • MTU Aero Engines – Dr. Gerhard Ebenhoch, Technology Management
    • ZODIAC Aerospace - Andreas Metz, Head of R&T and Chief Engineering
    • Chaired by Jan Bode, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
    • Airbus – Johannes Plaum, Head of Vehicle & Material
General 27.04.18 // 12:30 - 14:00
3D Printing in Aerospace 2018 an 2023


  • Host: Peter Pirklbauer, AIRBUS, Emerging Technologies & Concepts
  • Industry Panel including
    • Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg, Alexander Altmann, Head of Additive Manufacturing
    • MTU Aero Engines, Dr. Jürgen Kraus, Director Additive Manufacturing
    • Premium AEROTEC, Gerd Weber, VP Head of Plant Varel/ Bremen
Disruption 27.04.18 // 14:00 - 15:00
Samstag, 28. April 2018
Event Kategorie Datum // Uhrzeit
Materials matter: Thermoplastics in Aeronautics


  • Presentation by Dr. Angelos Miaris, Premium Aerotec
Disruption 28.04.18 // 10:35 - 10:50
Raumfahrt für die Welt von Morgen


  • Gastgeber und Moderation: DLR Raumfahrtmanagement
  • Präsentation von Raumfahrt-Themen mit direktem Nutzen für das Leben auf der Erde
    • INNOspace Masters Overall Winner
    • Touch table mit Beispielen aus Landwirtschaft, Geologie/Bergbau, Maritime Sicherheit/ sichereSchiffsrouten
    • Weltraumlage, Weltraumsicherheit - German Experimental Surveillance and Tracking Radar (GESTRA)
    • Horizons-Mission von Alexander Gerst – und geplante Experimente
General 28.04.18 // 11:00 - 12:00
Der Werkstoff macht den Unterschied: Thermoplaste in der Luftfahrt Disruption 28.04.18 // 13:00 - 13:20
Welt der Drohnen


  • Gastgeber und Moderation: DRONEMASTERS
  • Präsentation und Diskussion von Themen aus kommerzieller und nicht-kommerzieller Drohnenanwendung
Disruption 28.04.18 // 14:00 - 15:00
People in Aerospace I

Interviews mit inspirierenden Persönlichkeiten zu spannenden Projekten und Themen aus der Luft- und Raumfahrt

General 28.04.18 // 15:00 - 16:00
Sonntag, 29. April 2018
Event Kategorie Datum // Uhrzeit
WARR - Studentische Innovation in der Raumfahrt


  • Einblick in praxisbezogene Projekte der Wissenschaftlichen Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Raketentechnik und Raumfahrt
  • unterstützt durch die DGLR - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Disruption 29.04.18 // 12:00 - 13:00
People in Aerospace II

Interviews mit inspirierenden Persönlichkeiten zu spannenden Projekten und Themen aus der Luft- und Raumfahrt

29.04.18 // 14:00 - 15:00
ILA Science Slam


Vier junge WissenschaftlerInnen stellen ihre eigene Forschung in kurzweiligen 10-minütigen Vorträgen vor. Am Ende bestimmt das Publikum wer der Gewinner des ILA Science Slam 2018 wird.

Moderation: Susanne Adele Schlüter

  • Marta Filipa Cortesao, DLR
    Schimmel, der Raumschiffe kaputt frisst? Ein Horrorszenario, dem sich Marta Filipa Cortesao vom DLR täglich widmet. Wenn die Mikroben in der Internationalen Raumstation überhand nehmen, dann kommt sie ins Spiel und versucht zu retten, was zu retten ist. Manchmal passiert das sogar unter Hochsicherheitsvorkehrungen, denn wer weiß schon, was da an Unheil aus dem Weltall runter geschickt wird...
  • Dr. Cem Avsar, TU Berlin
    Einen Mars-Rover in 200 Tagen bauen?! Kein Problem, oder? Dr. Cem Avsar ist Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrt der TU Berlin und leitete eine Arbeitsgruppe, die am SpaceBot Cup 2013 teilnahm. Eine Reise durch eine große Aufgabe und Pleiten, Pech und Pannen der Robotertechnik.
  • Dr. Daniel Kanzler, Applied Validation
    Dr. Daniel Kanzler sorgt mit seiner Firma Applied Validation dafür, dass Flugzeuge sicher und heile bleiben. Er schaut mit Röntgenblick in Einzelteile hinein, damit uns die Turbine nicht im Flug vom Flieger kracht. Frei nach dem Motto Vertrauen ist gut, Kontrolle ist besser schaut er auch nach den kleinsten Fehlern im Innenraum von Schrauben, Muttern und Turbinenköpfen. Flugangst adé!
  • Dr. Jens Telgkamp, Airbus
    Bald fliegen wir alle mit 3D gedruckten Flugzeugen – naja, vielleicht nicht ganz...! Dr. Jens Telgkamp ist bei Airbus für die Optimierung 3D gedruckter Teile verantwortlich, die in Flugzeuge eingebaut werden. Noch kommen die Flugzeuge nicht im Ganzen aus dem Drucker. Eine Einführung in die unzähligen Vorteile des 3D Drucks! Welche Vorteile 3D Druck in der Luftfahrt hat, erfahren wir beim Science Slam im ILA Future Lab FORUM.
General 29.04.18 // 15:00 - 16:00
Future Lab
Future Lab
Future Lab
Future Lab
Exhibition HALL 2 / BOOTH 203

The Future Lab Exhibition features cutting-edge technologies in space and aviation. The exhibits are taken from research projects co that showcase the strength and competitiveness of the German Aerospace sector in four distinct areas of innovation:


The megatrend of digitalization in industry has also reached the aerospace sector. Innovative digital solutions enable us to take new approaches – from virtual development to predictive maintenance and optimised use of airspace.


The strong innovative capabilities of Germany’s aviation industry ensure that it remains internationally competitive. But beyond this, new, innovative ideas and disruptive business models are key to safeguarding its technological lead and to creating value added and good job opportunities for the future.


Sustainability is a crucial issue for the future of society and industry. We need green innovation if we are to cope with future growth in traffic whilst also preserving natural resources.


Space technologies allow to identify and to document changes in the land surface, oceans and atmosphere on a continuous basis. Satellites provide vital services for our economy and society. Digitalization, automation, commercialization and miniaturization are transforming space activities. Recent trends like 3D printing of parts and rising data transfer rates enable new business models in space (the new space economy).

Industry Partners

Hall 1, Booth 404 & 201
Aircraft Philipp
Aircraft Philipp
Hall 2, Booth 209 & Hall 6, Booth 260
Hall 2, Booth 310
Hall 2, Booth 313
Diehl Aerosystems
Diehl Aerosystems
Hall 1, Booth 402
Hall 3, Booth 201 & Hall 1, Booth 307
Liebherr Aerospace Lindenberg
Liebherr Aerospace Lindenberg
Hall 1, Booth 201 & Hall 2, Booth 203 & Hall 3, Booth 301
Lufthansa Technik
Lufthansa Technik
Hall 2, Booth 105 & Hall 2, Booth 203
MTU Aero Engines
MTU Aero Engines
Hall 2, Booth 301 & Hall 3, Booth 301
Otto Fuchs
Otto Fuchs
Hall 1, Booth 201
Hall 1, Booth 201 & Hall 2, Booth 201
Recaro Aircraft seating
Recaro Aircraft seating
Rolls-Royce Deutschland
Rolls-Royce Deutschland
Hall 2, Booth 303
Hall 2, Booth 104

Institutional Partners

Airbus BizLab
Airbus BizLab
Bauhaus Luftfahrt
Bauhaus Luftfahrt
Hall 2, Booth 403
Berlin Partner
Berlin Partner
Hall 3, Booth 404
Hall 2, Booth 203
Clean Sky
Clean Sky
Hall 2, Booth 304
DGLR - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt - Lilienthal-Oberth e.V.
Hall 4, Booth 405
Hall 4, Booth 301, 501 & Hall 1, Booth 308
ESA Space solutions
ESA Space solutions
Hall 4, Booth 505
European Commisssion
European Commisssion
Hall 2, Booth 304
Hall 2, booth 305
Hall 2, booth 203, Future Lab Forum
Verband Unbemannte Luftfahrt
Verband Unbemannte Luftfahrt