SPACE

SPACE FOR EARTH: Innovations for Our Life on Earth

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 program 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.

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Space travel fascinates.
Space travel connects.
Space travel protects.

Whether in terms of astronautical or robotic missions to the moon and mars, reliable global communications, high-resolution earth observation for climate protection, precise navigation for intelligent mobility or technology transfer through research − one thing is clear: space travel is all-embracing.

ILA Berlin – Where the space flight community meets

The ILA is where the global space community meets and presents the largest exhibition of its industry in Europe. Unique: Agencies, science and space companies − from system houses to small and medium-sized enterprises to start-ups − jointly present innovations and developments from space. This makes the ILA the ideal platform for international space stakeholders to exchange ideas, define future joint projects and discuss topics ranging from environmental and climate protection to intelligent mobility and space security at high-profile conferences.

ILA Space Pavillion
The ILA Space Pavilion

Unique space exhibition

ILA Berlin presents the unique space exhibition of the partners Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK), European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR) & German Space Industry in the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI).

The ILA Space Pavilion illustrates how space travel improves life on Earth and introduces you to the top issues in space travel:

  • Sustainability and climate change
  • Digitalization
  • Innovation and research
  • Protection and security
ILA Space Pavillion

The exciting stage and event program offers panels with top space actors: they discuss innovative high technologies, exciting space developments and fascinating future projects.

Exhibitors from all over the world will present their latest products and services in the international Space World.

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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

Sustainability and climate change

Sustainability as well as environmental and climate protection are a central and urgent challenge of our time. Space plays a key role in this, for example for environmental and climate monitoring. Through highly precise, global and long-term measurements, earth observing satellites provide objective information which is indispensable for understanding climate change, making valid forecasts and taking the right political decisions in the interests of sustainable development. Space applications are also of crucial importance for the conservation of limited resources: For example, satellite navigation regarding mobility and logistics enables routes to be designed efficiently and is conserving resources.

Digitalization

Digital applications make a significant contribution to economic success in Germany, Europe and worldwide. The pandemic in particular also made it clear, for example through the need for home offices and homeschooling, that digitalization is also indispensable for the workforce of our economy and society. Space infrastructures such as satellites play a key role in the many facets of digitalization: satellites collect, store, process and send large volumes of data, thus creating the basis for digital applications in the first place. The relevant applications include location-independent secure communication, automation, artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, robotics and intelligent mobility. Especially in the area of commercialization of space travel, New Space, this reveals application areas across the board. Digitalization is a fundamental building block for innovations, new digital business models and the growth of tomorrow.

Innovation and Research

For high-tech locations, innovations are essential drivers of technology developments and progress. Throughout the aerospace industry, the rate of investment in research and development is particularly high, so that it contributes significantly to the creation of innovations and new technologies. Basic research is combined with innovations, of which benefit millions of people worldwide. Space research provides new insights into the development of the earth and the solar system and creates new fundamental knowledge. Research in weightlessness on the International Space Station (ISS) plays an important role here. This enables advances in medicine and technology, for example, and creates technology transfers to many sectors of the economy.

Prevention

Space research enables both crisis prevention and early warning of risks and hazards in order to protect the human environment. The fields of application are very diverse and include both prevention and rapid crisis response: For example, earth observing satellites measure environmental indicators such as the dryness of trees to prevent forest fires before they start or warn decision makers of threatening floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. With this many lives are being protected and at the same time the resilience of societies and the economy is being strengthened. This requires the secured functionality of space infrastructures.

While more and more players worldwide are recognizing the great benefits of space travel and are therefore intensifying their space activities, the safe operation of space infrastructures must also be ensured. To this end, uncontrolled objects in space, known as space debris, must be prevented from arising in the first place. Instead, satellites, for example, must be burned up as shooting stars at the end of their service lives and in this way be disposed. High-tech space technologies make this possible and contribute significantly to the prevention of space debris, to provide sustainability in space and to ensure the proper performance of satellites.

Security

Space-based systems are an important component of state security structures and alliances and are gaining in importance regarding the increasing number of political crises and conflicts. Space enables institutional decision-makers as well as modern operational and armed forces high-resolution situational surveillance, wide-area and encrypted communications for cybersecurity, and precise navigation and positioning, among other things. The secure operation of space infrastructures, which is also necessary for this purpose, requires the detection of the space situation, the protection of space and ground infrastructures, and the prevention of space debris. Independent access to space is also a requirement for the sovereign use of space infrastructures.

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From space, you cannot see any borders − and exactly with this spirit, international cooperation in aerospace works. On the International Space Station ISS, all astronauts work together − space travel unites. Our joint research in weightlessness creates significant advances, for example in medicine and technology, and thus improves life on Earth. At the ILA Space Pavilion, my astronaut colleagues and I are expected to describe the achievements of recent missions and provide an outlook on future research priorities.

Dr. Matthias Maurer
ESA Astronaut

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The aerospace industry represents the great opportunities that Germany as a business and science location offers itself. With its high international profile, the ILA provides the DLR with ideal opportunities for scientific and technical exchange and the intensification of our international network. Science and research connect people around the world. 

Prof. Dr. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla
Chair of the DLR Executive Board

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German space stands for world-leading high technologies and highly-qualified specialists from science and industry. We contribute our first-class expertise from Germany to our national and, together with our partners, to international space projects, such as NASA's Artemis Moon program. At the ILA, we will present some of the current and future space projects with German participation. Sustainability and climate change, digitization, innovations and research, safety and prevention are the focus here.

Dr. Walther Pelzer 
Member of the DLR Executive Board, Director-General German Space Agency

Klaus-Peter Willsch, MdB

Space travel does not only fascinate young and old, but is also part of the everyday life of many millions of people, e.g. with the morning glance at the smartphone or the intelligent navigation in the car. Satellite images in near real time help to protect our environment, our climate and our country from crises or to protect it in crises. For our state, the economy and climate protection in particular, space travel is of great importance. The ILA Space Pavilion provides concise information about our national capabilities in space and presents essential space applications that support political action and benefit every citizen.

Klaus-Peter Willsch
MP, Chairman of the Aviation and Space Group in the German Bundestag

The ILA Space Pavilion organized by the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) is THE national information platform for international space stakeholders from politics, agencies and companies as well as for the general public. National aerospace system houses, midcaps, SMEs and start-ups present their developments here together with science and agencies in close cooperation. Trade visitors and the general public can find out first-hand why space travel is so important and why every euro invested pays off in many ways and in all areas − for our future and our daily lives.

Marco Fuchs
BDLI Vice President Space

Europe and the world are facing major challenges such as climate change, which can be measured globally and over the long term using highly precise and objective data from satellites. Space enables targeted climate protection and is essential for many other scientific and economic fields of action. At the ILA Space Pavilion, you can experience how space travel can help us solve the global challenges of our time − all-embracing.

Dr. Josef Aschbacher
Director General European Space Agency (ESA)

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