SPACE: INNOVATIONS IN SPACE FOR LIFE ON EARTH
The infinite expanse of space is a fascinating topic, while missions to explore Mars and Mercury are the stuff of dreams. The results of space research and the applications used in space flight are of great benefit to us here on Earth. Thanks to space technology we can communicate and connect worldwide. Moreover, this technology controls vehicles, shipping and aviation, international trade and even the financial markets. It helps improve medical care and protect our environment and human life. Space flight is a topic that concerns us all.
Every two years on an area covering 4,500 square metres, ILA Berlin hosts Europe’s largest aerospace exhibition under a single roof: inside the unique, interactive ILA Space Pavilion of the BMWi, ESA, DLR, BDLI, at the Aerospace Forum, featuring a high-level programme of events, including on stage, as well as the international Space World, with exhibitors from around the world.
- This is where you can meet every national, European and international stakeholder representing politics, business and science.
- Visitors include representatives of innovative startups as well as established space agencies and aerospace companies.
- Take part in a unique programme of events featuring lectures and panels on up-to-the-minute topics including climate protection, digitalisation, mobility and security.
- Join the debate at ILA conferences on a comprehensive range of space flight topics with specialists from business, research and politics.
ILA BERLIN – WHERE THE SPACE FLIGHT COMMUNITY MEETS
ILA is the meeting place of the world’s space flight community and hosts the industry’s largest aerospace exhibition in Europe, a unique gathering of agencies, science institutions and enterprises presenting innovations and developments, regardless of national borders. Hardly any other industry places such a huge emphasis on international cooperation.
Thus, programmes for ensuring access to space, as well as space exploration, satellite communication and earth observation programmes are primarily the result of collaborative efforts. ILA is the ideal platform for the international space flight community to define future joint projects and discuss forward-looking topics including big data and smart mobility at high-level conferences.
A high-potential industry
Space flight remains as important as ever. Many of the challenges facing modern society can only be solved by innovations that are the result of space flight. The Space Pavilion addresses the following key topics:
The ‘digital revolution’ is transforming both our professional and private lives to an unprecedented extent. Space infrastructure, such as satellites, plays a major role in the acquisition, storage and processing of global datasets. Furthermore, space is becoming more digital and benefiting from developments such as Industry 4.0. This is resulting in the emergence of numerous new research approaches and business models.
Heat summer, heavy rain, hurricanes, ongoing droughts: Climate change is not a future scenario; it is a reality. Satellites enable us to see that change happens in a global perspective. Gathered in outer space, their information serves as a basis for political and societal decisions that aim at securing sustainable development here on Earth.
By 2030, 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities. Satellite-based Earth observation is providing an important source of information for new sustainable urban and regional development strategies. To be able to offer practical and effective solutions, satellite information must often be combined and evaluated with data held by public authorities.
Security and protection of critical infrastructures
Space-based Earth observation, communications and navigation systems are critical infrastructures and central components of national security. As such, space situational awareness, the protection of space and terrestrial infrastructures from disturbances, and ensuring the sustainable use of space by minimising space debris are all becoming increasingly important.
Sustainable action and development are the primary political objectives of the United Nations. These come with economic, societal and environmental implications. Aerospace and space applications can promote sustainability. Satellites, for instance, provide comprehensive information about the state of the Earth and the changes that it is undergoing. Among other things, this data can be used to ensure greater sustainability in agriculture, mobility, urban development, and for developing measures to counteract climate change.
Satellite-based services are essential for our increasingly mobile society and an economy that relies on global supply chains. The European Galileo navigation system, for instance, brings us safely to our destinations and is an alternative to the American GPS. Shipping and air transport also use space technologies for global route planning. Finally, let us not forget the launchers that carry these and other satellites into space.
Research is the basis for innovation. Space research helps us to address global societal challenges, provides us with knowledge about the development of Earth and the Solar System, and establishes new scientific fundamentals. It is also a key driver of innovation, including in the fields of microelectronics, materials science and robotics.
Space travel is a key sector in Germany, which has positioned itself as a high-tech hub. Many different industries – from tourism to construction, agriculture, shipping, air transportation and international financial markets – rely on satellite data transmitted from orbit. The worldwide need for data, digital services and connectivity are on the rise. Investment in industry is also increasing: New Space enterprises – newly founded space companies aimed at making commercial use of space – are emerging in Germany and all over the world.
Aerospace is cooperative by nature. Major projects like the International Space Station (ISS) can only be realised through the efforts of an international team. That also applies to the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2020, or the European Earth observation programme Copernicus. ESA estimates that, over the next 20 years, Copernicus alone will generate up to 191 billion euro for the European economy alone.
For decades, space flight has been the driving force in developing the innovations later adopted by other sectors.
To name just three examples: Solar cells were first built for satellites and space probes – yet today, every homeowner can use them to generate electricity. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was deployed to investigate the surface of the moon – today, doctors use MRIs to scan organs and tissue, saving lives through the use of technology. Finally, fuel cells are also a derivative of space research – and could potentially power the automobiles of tomorrow. The German space industry has been at the forefront of technological developments and will be in a starting position at ILA with high tech for the future.
Satellites: A true jack-of-all-trades
Today’s world has been made possible by satellites:
Mobile telecoms and a global network
An internet connection for all citizens in rural areas and metropolitan areas is only possible with satellites.
Climate forecasts and environmental monitoring
Will it rain tomorrow? Weather forecast as we know it is based on data collected from satellite systems. Satellite images also show how long-term climate trends will evolve over the coming decades.
Mobility and navigation
Satellite-supported navigation systems have fast become a fixture of today’s world. With satellite technology, it is now possible to determine the location of people, vehicles and goods with accuracy to within one meter, and to guide them to their destination.
Independent access to space is essential for these technologies.