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Press Release

N°23-2018

Paris, 28 September 2018

Call for Media: ESA at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen

The European Space Agency (ESA) will be present at the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place between Monday 1 October and Friday 5 October 2018 at the Exhibition
and Conference Centre in Bremen. The theme of this year’s congress is ‘Involving Everyone’. At the world’s largest space congress ESA will inform media, the general public, policy, business and
science leaders about ongoing missions and the future of ESA programmes across all space domains. ESA’s exhibition booth in the IAC Exhibition Hall is located in a joint area with the International
Space Education Board (ISEB) and the Start-up Zone powered by ESA Space Solutions. Following the motto ‘Involving Everyone’, the exhibition space offers students the opportunity to network with
entrepreneurs and other actors of the international space community.

Jan Wörner, ESA Director General and Vice President for Agency, Parliamentarian and Ministerial Relations at the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), will participate in a series of media
briefings. Media representatives are invited to attend the following events:

MONDAY, 1 OCTOBER: 

15:15 – 16:00: Heads of Agencies Press Conference Media representatives will get the opportunity to address questions directly to the Heads of Space Agencies.

Participants: Jim Bridenstine, Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Hiroshi Yamakawa, President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) K. Sivan, Chairman, Indian
Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Sylvain Laporte, President, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Jan Wörner, Director General, European Space Agency (ESA) Zhang Kejian, Administrator, China National
Space Administration (CNSA) Dmitry Rogozin, Director General, Roscosmos

Location: CCB Gallery After the press conference the Heads of Agencies will interact with students at the ESA booth in the Exhibition Hall.

TUESDAY, 2 OCTOBER

15:00 – 16:00: ESA Press Conference with Director General Jan Wörner ESA Director General Jan Wörner will present the status of preparation of the ESA Ministerial Council which will be held at
the end of 2019 and for which a preparatory Council meeting will be organised as an Intermediary Meeting of Ministers (IMM2018) on 25 October 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

Location: CCB Gallery

16:15 – 16:40: Announcement of the opening of the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Northern Germany Participants: Jan Wörner, ESA Director General Frank Salzgeber, ESA Head of the Technology
Transfer and Business Incubation Office Walther Pelzer, Head of DLR Space Administration Martin Günthner, Bremen Senator for Economy and Ports 

Location: ESA’s exhibition booth

More information on ESA’s Business Incubation Centres: www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering_Technology/Business_Incubation
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering_Technology/Business_Incubation 

17:15 – 17:45: Update on the BepiColombo mission with ESA and JAXA 

Media representatives are invited to follow an interaction between ESA Director General Jan Wörner and Hiroshi Yamakawa, President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), on the latest
news related to BepiColombo, a joint ESA/JAXA mission to Mercury. BepiColombo is scheduled to lift off on 20 October from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It will arrive at Mercury
in 2025 and enhance our understanding of the planet itself and the formation of our Solar System. Location: ESA’s exhibition booth Further information on BepiColombo: http://sci.esa.int/bepicolombo

WEDNESDAY, 3 OCTOBER 9:45 – 10:45: Joint Press Conference between ESA, NASA, Airbus and Lockheed Martin on the status of the European Service Module (ESM) for the Orion mission Orion is a NASA
spacecraft with a European contribution intended to orbit the Moon. Representatives of all four partners will brief media representatives on the European contribution as well as the spacecraft
as a whole.

Participants: David Parker, ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration Oliver Juckenhöfel, Airbus Vice President On-Orbit Services & Exploration Mark Kirasich, NASA Orion Program Manager Mike
Hawes, Lockheed Martin Vice President & Orion Program Manager Nico Dettmann, Head of ESA’s Development Department

Location: CCB Gallery More information on Orion: https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Orion
https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Orion 

Public Day event at IAC: "Space is Big - Space is Public"

On Wednesday 3 October is the IAC Public Day event with the theme ‘Space is Big - Space is Public’. A live call to the German astronaut Alexander Gerst on the ISS is embedded in a programme for
the general public starting at 13:30 with a roundtable discussion on the topic ‘Space Safety’, moderated by ESA Director General Jan Wörner. The Public Day ends with a panel of astronauts that
will report on their experiences in space and answer questions from the audience.

Details on the live call: 

14:35 – 14:55: Live call with German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst aboard the International Space Station (ISS)

Alexander Gerst was launched to the ISS on 6 June 2018 for his second mission called ‘Horizons’. He is the first German and second ESA astronaut to command an ISS Expedition. He takes command 
on 3 October. Alexander Gerst will connect live from space to the audience at IAC and answer questions about his work and life on the International Space Station.

Participants: ESA Director General Jan Wörner ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board Thomas Jarzombek, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace
Policy Location: ÖVB Arena

The event “space is big – space is public“ is organized by the European and German Space Agencies, ESA and DLR and the Association of Space Explorers ASE, together with the organizers of the IAC
2018, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), as well as the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) at the University of Bremen.

Further information on the Public Day: https://www.iac2018.org/program/public-day
https://www.iac2018.org/program/public-day/ 

Media accreditation Please note that media representatives need to register for IAC at www.iac2018.org/media
https://www.iac2018.org/media/ 

More on IAC Further information on the full programme of IAC, a list of exhibitors and opening hours at https://www.iac2018.org
https://www.iac2018.org/ 

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Re: International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen
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Press release, 1 October 2018

IAC 2018 - The international aerospace community meets in Bremen

International experts from aerospace agencies, research and industry will gather at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) from 1 to 5 October 2018. The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) has chosen Bremen as its venue
this year. IAF represents 320 organisations from six continents and 68 countries. Workshops, tours and technical sessions with talks, round-table discussions and an exhibition will provide numerous opportunities for dialogue. The organiser
expects more than 4000 attendees. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will use the congress to showcase a selection of its current aerospace projects in an area measuring 560 square metres.

"Covering all aerospace-related areas and issues at a global and multidisciplinary level, the IAC is above all about current missions and projects, as well as future collaborations," says Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive
Board. "I am delighted that we, as part of Team Germany, will be able to welcome the global aerospace community at the 69th IAC here in Bremen. Team Germany, which organised the congress, spared no effort to present Germany as an aerospace
nation."

DLR highlights at the IAC 2018

DLR will be present with a main and a special booth on the Team Germany Boulevard in Hall 5 of the Bremen Exhibition Centre. It will use the combined space to present 33 exhibits and research topics. In addition, DLR will invite representatives
from government, science and the business community to share their thoughts at the German Night on Tuesday, 2 October. The aim is to further strengthen national, European and global networks within the field of aerospace research.

"We see the IAC as an annual marketplace and welcome the occasion to share the latest insights and experiences. While we normally tend to discuss individual topics with colleagues throughout the year, the event here in Bremen offers the
great chance to discuss projects and plans within an interdisciplinary framework," says Hansjoerg Dittus, DLR Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology in anticipation of the event. "DLR aerospace research is using the IAC
in Bremen as an opportunity to present a digital elevation model of the Earth based on radar data for use within the scientific community."

MASCOT: Asteroid landing during the congress week

The main stand will feature a model of the asteroid lander MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout). Its 'real twin', which reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, in June of this year on board the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2, will
separate from its mothercraft during the congress week – on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 – and will land on the asteroid’s surface. The scientists from DLR, JAXA and CNES expect initial data and findings just one week later.

Bridge between fundamental research and space applications

"The IAC is an excellent platform to bridge the gap between fundamental research and space applications. To me, this is especially important. And we are delighted that the conference is taking place in Germany at the same time as the horizons
mission, and that on 3 October – during the congress – Alexander Gerst will become the first German commander of the International Space Station. This is a very special highlight in an already very eventful aerospace year," says Walther
Pelzer, DLR Executive Board Member for the Space Administration and thus responsible for the German contributions to the horizons mission and to ESA. 

At the DLR stand, the Space Administration will showcase experiments and information about the horizons mission. For instance, it will showcase the 3D fluorescence microscope FLUMIAS, which recently returned from its first deployment on
the International Space Station (ISS). FLUMIAS provides the first opportunity to observe processes in living cells in real time under microgravity conditions, and to visualise the changes directly. This makes it possible to acquire completely
new insights into human tissue, cell cultures, microorganisms and plants. CIMON, the first mobile astronaut assistant equipped with artificial intelligence on the ISS, will also be presented – alternately at the DLR stand and then the
Airbus stand. Alexander Gerst is scheduled to work with CIMON for the first time on the ISS in November.

The Cold Atoms Lab (CAL) is a compact, atomic chip-based system to examine ultra-cold quantum gases, such as Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC). The CAL marks the dawn of a new era in ISS research, as, until now, it has not been possible
to conduct highly precise examinations of fundamental questions within physics using quantum objects close to absolute zero temperatures (minus 273.15 degrees Celsius). BECs have a lifespan of up to 20 seconds under weightlessness on the
ISS – conditions that no laboratory on Earth can match. In future, for instance, quantum sensors can be used to control the position of satellites, to manage spacing distances during the formation flight of a satellite swarm, and to produce
precise measurements of the Earth’s gravitational field.

In addition to highlights from the horizons mission, the DLR Space Administration will present topics from the fields of innovation and new markets – like the wireless satellite SKITH and the smart modular construction system for satellites
iBOSS, as well as the national German satellite mission Heinrich Hertz (to be launched in 2021) and the Franco-German climate mission Merlin. The INNOspace expo ALLTäglich! will also be on display in the ÖVB Arena, providing a vivid demonstration
of how aerospace already influences our lives today.

Environmental monitoring from space and robotic exploration

With the hyperspectral camera DESIS as an exhibit, the IAC will include a DLR instrument that is designed to make an important contribution to environmental monitoring and hence to climate research. The DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer,
DESIS for short, uses 235 spectral channels to ‘gaze’ down at the Earth and detect changes in the ecosystem on its surface. The instrument is set to deliver data in support of scientific, humanitarian and commercial objectives, for instance
within the agricultural sector. The exceptionally hot summer of 2018 recently indicated the importance of research into global climate change.

DLR will use its special stand to showcase ARCHES (Autonomous Robotic Networks to Help Modern Societies), one of its research activities for robotic exploration. In this interdisciplinary project, DLR is conducting research in cooperation
with its partners in the Helmholtz Association (HGF): the Alfred Wegener Institute, GEOMAR and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The vision is to enable the future exploration of distant planets and the deep oceans of our planet
by using cooperative swarms of autonomous robots.

'Involving Everyone' – Public Day on 3 October

The IAC is mainly organised for professionals. But the Public Day on 3 October – from 12:00 to 18:00 – gives interested laypersons the opportunity to view the latest aerospace research as well. After all, the motto of this year's IAC is
'Involving Everyone'. Admission to Public Day is free.

DLR attaches considerable importance to nurturing future professionals. As such, the IAC will include a teachers' workshop by the International Space Education Board (ISEB). This event will be held at the DLR Institute of Space Systems
and the DLR_School_Lab in Bremen in cooperation with the partners IAF, ISEB, VSSEC, ESA and ESERO. What is more, the DLR_School_Lab Bremen will visit the congress together with students in the DLR_School_Lab Club, and will organise the
first IAC for students 'Teen Spirit for Space' event jointly with the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). The 35 participants from Years 1 to 11 come from all over Germany. 

On site at the DLR Institute of Space Systems

In addition to daily guided tours of the DLR Institute of Space Systems in Bremen for conference visitors and for junior scientists, a special tour will be held for young professionals and students on Thursday, 4 October. The Institute
will provide tomorrow’s scientists with fascinating insights into the current research projects. Tour participants will take a look behind the scenes of DLR Bremen and demonstrate their skills during a system analysis.

Already more than 50,000 visitors at the MASCOT exhibition

The 'Contact with an Asteroid: Hayabusa2 and MASCOT' exhibition will remain open in the lower foyer of the Bremen Town Hall until Sunday, 14 October 2018. The DLR institutes and facilities involved in the mission developed the exhibition
in collaboration with external partners. It has already attracted more than 50,000 visitors since it opened on 10 July 2018.

Bremen, an important location for aerospace in Germany

After hosting the IAC in 2003, Bremen is once again a suitable venue chosen by the organiser IAF, which is staging the conference for the 69th time. The Hanseatic city is, after all, one of the main hubs of aerospace in Germany and Europe.
DLR operates its Institute of Space Systems in Bremen, and many industrial partners are also domiciled in the city.

Nevertheless, space research and aeronautics firms are an important locational factor in areas other than northern Germany as well. Indeed, aerospace is a key driver of technology and innovation for all of Germany and also forms an essential
part of the labour market.

As a side event to the IAC, The 9th IAF International Meeting for Members of Parliaments will also take place, focused on the theme 'The Seamless Chain of Innovation – From Space Science to Business'. Parliamentarians from around the world
are expected, who are involved in aerospace in their country’s parliament. Among them are Christian Weber, president of the Bremen parliament, and Klaus-Peter Willsch, Chairman of the Aviation and Space Group in the national parliament
of the Federal Republic of Germany, who will act as the local and national hosts. On Tuesday, 2 October, the parliamentarians will have the opportunity to visit the local aerospace industry and the DLR site in Bremen.

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It seems the new Australian Space Agency has a booth at IAC Bremen:

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After many months of planning, The Australian Space has come to life at IAC 2018 in Bremen. The booth represents a sample of what Australia has to offer, bringing our national space sector activities together for the first time, for thousands of supporters from space agencies, industry and academia from across the globe.
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Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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WEB LIVE October 3rd at 16.20 from the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany the GNF organized by the Italian Space Agency


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Signature Ceremony of PLATO Spacecraft Implementation Contract.

L to R: Kurt Melching, Chief Financial Officer OHB System AG, Marco Fuchs, Chief Executive Officer OHB System AG, Filippo Marliani, Project Manager, Jan Wörner, ESA Director General.

 
Credits: ESA - Philippe Sebirot

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Spacebok

Students from ETH Zurich and ZHAW Winterthur demonstrate their Spacebok jumping robot at IAC 2018.


Credits: ESA - Philippe Sebirot

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