“Le Bourget 2007”: a full programme of events at the ESA pavilion

Le Bourget Air Show
8 June 2007

Le Bourget 2007 will take place from Monday 18 June to Sunday 24 June. The Paris Air Show will give trade visitors, media and the general public alike various opportunities to take stock of ESA programmes, spot new topics of interest, interview specialists of various disciplines or meet the ESA astronauts and collect background information.

The following is a tentative schedule of events that will take place in the presentation area of the ESA Pavilion (ground floor).

Monday 18 June
14:15-14:45 Signature of the contract for ESA's Sentinel-1 spacecraft with Thales Alenia Space.
15:00-15:30 Signature of ESA/NASA memorandum of Understanding for the James Webb Space Telescope and LISA Pathfinder.
16:00-17:30 "The European Space Policy is now a reality: where do we go from here?": press conference with ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain.
Tuesday 19 June
10:00- 11:00 "Mars 500" press briefing /status report on the project and call for candidates to take part to a 500 day simulated mission to Mars.
15:30-17:00 "The global exploration strategy: a framework for coordination": presentation of a document on the international rationale and long-term strategy for space exploration, and round table discussions with European political stakeholders.
Wednesday 20 June
10:00-11:00 "Status of the Telecommunications Programme and the Alphasat project": press briefing with Giuseppe Viriglio, Director of Telecommunications and Navigation Programmes at ESA and Magali Vaissière, ESA's Head of Telecommunications Department.
Thursday 21 June
10:00-11:00 "In-orbit demonstration projects on the horizon": workshop for space industry representatives to share views with decision makers from space agencies and institutions on envisaged future in-orbit demonstration projects.
11:00-12:30 "SMEs for space under the spotlight": overview on the the SineQuaNet project , an expert network providing technical and engineering support to SMEs (more at: http://www.esa.int/ SPECIALS/SME/SEM9U3BUQPE_0.html) and launch of a novel organisation of SMEs marked by the signature of Memorandum of Understanding between ESA and the new organisation.
15:30-18:00 "Vega launcher Industry day": ESA management and Industry representatives meet to take stock of the programme status and review milestones to come.
Friday 22 June
10:00-11:30 Presentation of ESA's Education activities with special emphasis on YES 2 (a student-built satellite to be launched in mid-September this year) and award ceremony for the "Students aerospace contest": some 50 university students in 11 teams all around Europe worked on the design of a suborbital plane for one year. Initiative promoted by the Astronaut Club Européen (ACE) and sponsored by Dassault, Thales, Safran, GIFAS and the IAF.
Saturday 23 June (public day)
10:00-12:30 and 14:30-16:00 ESA Astronauts on Stage, a Space Quiz and 3-D demonstrations will fill the day with excitement, discovery and dream, targeting the general public and young visitors in particular. (ESA astronauts will be available to media for interviews upon request).
Sunday 24 June (public day)
10:30-12:30 and 14:30-16:00 Space Quiz and 3-D demonstrations will fill the day with excitement, discovery and dream, targeting the general public and young visitors in particular.

For more information:

Franco Bonacina
Spokesman and Head of Media Relations Office
Communication Department
Phone + 33 1 5369 7713
e-mail: Franco.Bonacina1@esa.int

Maria Menendez
Head of Exhibition Office
Phone + 33 1 5369 7167
e-mail Maria.Menendez@esa.int

Wendy Slater
Exhibitions Office
Communication Department
Phone + 33 1 53 9 7418
e-mail Wendy.Slater@esa.int

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