Space: Galactic innovations for life on Earth
The fascination of space has grown in recent years thanks to major advances in technology. The possibilities are endless: A manned mission to Mars – which is located 228 million kilometers away from Earth? Asteroid mining? Or even crop cultivation on the moon? These issues are now being discussed around the world. For one simple reason: Many of the problems we face on Earth can only be solved with innovations made possible by spaceflight.
- Experience Europe’s largest space exhibition with an area of over 4,500 square meters.
- Meet key stakeholders from around the world.
- Discover cutting-edge startups and reps from the major space agencies and companies.
- Discuss hot topics like digitalization, big data, mobility, security, sustainability and energy.
ILA BERLIN – WHERE ELSE CAN YOU FIND SO MANY SPACE EXPERTS IN ONE LOCATION?
ILA is where the world’s space community comes together. As the industry’s largest exhibition in Europe, this one-of-a-kind event offers a platform for a diverse group of stakeholders – such as agencies, scientists and aerospace firms – to present the latest innovations and developments in space. In a word: The event is interdisciplinary in scope and global in scale.
After all, the space sector has a track record of close international cooperation like no other industry, with programs that govern the safe access to outer space, foster space exploration and use satellites for telecommunications and Earth observation. In short, ILA offers the ideal platform for the international space community to identify potential collaborations and discuss the issues shaping our future.
A high-potential industry
Spaceflight is now more important than ever before: When we invest in space, we invest in our future. In fact, many of today’s most important technologies and applications were first developed for space. Furthermore, many of society’s most urgent problems can best be tackled with innovations derived from space. These issues include:
Thanks to advances in Earth observation technology, we now have access to unique data that is crucial to understanding and coping with global environmental changes. With space technology, we can better analyze problems like global warming, melting polar ice caps and rising ocean levels, and identify potential remedies early on.
Geodata can help rescue thousands of people in the aftermath of a disaster such as an earthquake or flood. The German space industry is known around the world for developing, constructing and operating Earth observation satellites used in the field.
Intelligent transportation systems
Automated systems are becoming more common for all forms of transportation. The space industry is now hard at work developing the relevant satellite technology that will one day ensure safe automated navigation for automobiles, ships and aircraft.
One-third of all German households lack high-speed internet. Expansion of the terrestrial broadband network has been especially slow in rural areas. For these regions, the use of satellite transmission has already proved to be an indispensible alternative. The space industry wants to create global access to broadband with even more powerful telecommunications satellites, thus building the foundation for a global telecoms infrastructure through constellations consisting of multiple satellites.
For decades, space flight has been the prime mover 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 derived from space research – and could potentially power the automobiles of tomorrow. At ILA, the German space industry will present its latest developments and showcase the technology of the future.
Satellites: A true jack-of-all-trades
Today’s world has been made possible by satellites:
Mobile telecoms and a global network
As part of its Digital Agenda, the European Union aims to provide every citizen with an internet connection capable of speeds of at least 30 MB per second by 2020. This goal can only be reach with the help of satellites, especially in rural regions or on the periphery of metropolitan areas.
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.