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 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.

ILA Berlin Space
ILA Berlin Space
ILA Berlin Space
ILA Berlin Space

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:

Climate change

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.

Disaster response

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. 

Digital infrastructure

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.

Present your company in the Space Hall as part of the SPACE FOR IDEAS FORUM.

The FORUM is a designated area in the Space Hall for the focused presentation of start-ups and academic institutes and universities. ILA Berlin supports this area with a special exhibition price. MORE INFORMATION.  

Seit Jahrzehnten ist es die Raumfahrt, die wesentliche Innovationen in ganz anderen Branchen überhaupt erst ermöglicht.

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.

The ILA Berlin is a showcase for peaceful cooperation in space for a better world on earth.

Prof. Jan Wörner
ESA Director General

The ILA Berlin visualizes not only to politics and economics but to every single person very closely why the research of aviation and aerospace is becoming every day more essential for all of us.

Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund
Chair of the Executive Board (DLR)

Without space, there is no future. In the ILA Space Pavilion you can experience how we use space technology to shape digitization.

Marco Fuchs
BDLI Vice President SPACE, CEO, OHB SE

Contact for offers and services Messe Berlin

Alexa Rohling

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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.

Satellites: A true jack-of-all-trades
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