Space technology solutions for earthly industry applications: Security
The space industry is one of today’s most powerful technology innovation drivers. New programmes such as space missions to Mars and the moon push the boundaries of technology development. Aimed at industry, the second European Technology Transfer Conference will present technology spin-off opportunities during the Materialica tradefair in Munich, 13-14 October.
Advanced space technologies have already provided intelligent solutions in our everyday lives, such as the air bag, the Antilock Braking System (ABS) and satellite navigation devices. Yet the public and industry are almost unaware of the opportunities readily available from many decades of aerospace research and developments, and ripe for exploration.
“European industry is constantly on the lookout for new technologies and methods it can discover and use for itself,” says Frank Salzgeber, Head of the ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office.
“Most of the technology is already developed – but in other areas. An engineer from the security field and a rocket scientist are in two different orbits. We bring these two specialists together.”
Focus on security
This year’s conference focuses on security, targeting industrial representatives. It will provide examples of how space technology from the field of security can be used in other industry sectors. Three safety topics will be addressed:
- safety and border control with terahertz imaging technology
- sensors, radars and Earth observation satellite measurements for security and disaster control
- protection by shielding and thermal protection systems
For each topic space technological solutions will be presented, showing how they have been applied in non-space civil applications on Earth.
“New technology is always necessary for space development and opens possibility to develop new business,” says keynote speaker Takayuki Yokoo, Manager of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Group, Industrial Collaboration Department, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The other keynote speaker, Volker Zintel from Fraport AG Zintel, will address the current safety standards and factual requirements of an airport.
Other speakers include:
- Roger Appleby from QinetiQ inc. on how passive terahertz imaging systems can detect weapons and contraband concealed on persons under clothing
- Prof. Dr Reinhard Schiffel from IQ-Wireless GmbH on systems and technologies for early recognition of dangers and damage for the environmental protection and security industry
- Dr.-Ing. Ernst K. Pfeiffer from HPS GmbH on developments for space applications of high temperature insulations and electro-magnetic shielding in CFRP and RFID-technology.
The complete programme, list of speakers and registration form are available at: http://www.ett-conference.com.
ESA's Technology Transfer Programme Office
The main mission of the ESA's Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) is to facilitate the use of space technology and space systems for non-space applications and to further demonstrate the benefit of the European space programme to European citizens. The TTPO is responsible for defining the overall approach and strategy for the transfer of space technologies including the incubation of start-up companies and their funding.
For more information on ESA's Technology Transfer Programme, please contact:
Technology Transfer Programme
European Space Agency - ESTEC
Keplerlaan 1, P.O. BOX 299, 2200 AG, Noordwijk
Office: +31 (0) 71 565 6208
Fax: +31 (0) 71 565 6635
Email: ttp @ esa.int