Talking space technology … its role in daily life
Have you ever wondered what space missions to other planets leads to on our own Earth?
Trade visitors get their chance to find out this Thursday 19 June 2003 at the talk-show ‘Transfer of Technology: an everyday reality’ at the Le Bourget air show, in the ESA Pavilion at 11:45.
ESA will present several of the more amazing technology spin-offs from European space programmes – spin-offs which in one or another way benefit industry and improve daily life.
How to windsurf across the Pacific - safely
Raphaela Le Gouvello, extreme sports adventurer, will introduce an innovative ‘anti-capsize’ safety system for her new windsurfer. The system is a type of airbag developed based on space technology which will help her get safer through her third voyage, to cross the Pacific Ocean starting from Ecuador or Peru in September 2003. First stage is to reach Tahiti, Polynesia, after 80 days windsurfing more than 4200 Nautical Miles (6700 Km). Raphaela Le Gouvello crossed on a windsurfer the Atlantic Ocean in 2000, and the Mediterranean in 2002. She will discuss the benefits gained from using ESA high-tech.
Make better cars with space-tech
This year’s Dakar Rally and Le Mans 24-hours race has already demonstrated how technology research and development for space missions can be spun-off successfully into endurance racing. As well in everyday transportation space technology can play an important role in further improving safety and comfort in future automobiles.
Henri Pescarolo, teamleader for Pescarolo Sport, will present his experience using space technology for his car in the Dakar rally car last January in North Africa, and in his two Le Mans prototypes.
High-flying tech for everyone
Out of more than 160 successful transfers of innovative space technology to non-space fields in Europe, the talk-show will not only stop with the three mentioned above.
- Pierre Brisson, head of ESA Technology Transfer and Promotion Office, will introduce the talk-show by presenting a whole umbrella of success stories.
- Alain Zanco from Ski Rossignol, responsible for research and advanced studies, can answer questions on how Rossignol in 2003 became World Champions with space technology.
- Franco Malerba, Italian Astronaut from Space Shuttle mission on Atlantis STS-46, will provide his view from ‘up there in space’ on advantages of technology transfer.
Over the past 35 years, the European space industry has gained considerable experience in building, launching, controlling and communicating with satellites. From this long experience of how to overcome the hazards and problems created by such a hostile environment, many valuable new technologies, products and procedures have been developed. Today this expertise is improving our daily lives by providing many innovative solutions for products and services on Earth.
Thursday 19 June 2003 at the ESA Pavilion you will have a chance to gain insight to these successes and to the ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme, which maybe can provide a ‘space’ solution to your industrial problem here on Earth.
The ESA Pavilion is located at its usual place in outdoor exhibition area 61 between the life-size models of Ariane 1 and Ariane 5 launchers, just beside the Air and Space Museum.