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N° 15–2018: Call for Media: ESA invites for media interactive talks at Farnborough

02/07/2018 288 views 0 likes
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ESA and its partners the UK Space Agency and UK space industry will host a series of media interactive talks on Tuesday 17 July during the Farnborough International Airshow.  These will take place in the Space Zone, Hall 1, in the events area of a joint exhibition stand.  

The media interactive talks are a new concept for ESA: different topics are explored in-depth, with selected media participating on stage in question and answer sessions.

Special guest panel members will include ESA Director General Jan Wörner, ESA Directors, the Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency Graham Turnock, and the President of UKspace Andy Green, together with spokespersons from industry. 


10.30-11.15 - Space and its Economic Benefits.

Space technologies and applications are seen by governments as a valuable investment to support their national social, economic, strategic, and technological development. Innovation and efficacy of public-funded space research are called upon to sustain growth and competitiveness in Europe as well as to support employment and entrepreneurial capacities.


11.30-12.15 - Space and aviation. Improving both safety and operational efficiency.

Space-enabled services are bringing improved operational efficiency and safety to the aviation sector. Experts from business, academia and European institutions will describe how this will save the industry billions of pounds, improve service to the flying public and reduce CO2 emissions by millions of tonnes every year.


12.30-13.15 - Satellite and the 5G revolution: Big challenges, mega-opportunities.

With ESA's help, the space sector is joining the 5G revolution. Leaders of some of industry's most disruptive companies will describe the opportunities this creates and how it is attracting new private investment and technological innovation across the value chain.

14.30-15.15 - Changing Space: Game Change – Game Over?

Q&A on current European private investment enabled by ESA in the fields of Space Exploration and Earth Observation and how Europe is playing this game change.


15.30-16.15 - Space Economy: Down to Earth or Up to Space?

An announcement within the Grand Challenge initiative, derived from ESA’s Space 4.0 strategy to propose inspiring goals far from market reach. The first Grand Challenge, to be sponsored by Metalysis, will assist sustainable operations for long-term settlements on the Moon or Mars.

Please check the ESA website for a final list of speakers, to be published in the next few days.  



If you are interested in following the events, or would like to have more information, please contact

Note that media must be accredited by Farnborough International Airshow by Friday 6 July:

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia is an Associate Member.

ESA has established formal cooperation with six Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. ESA also has a strong applications programme developing services in Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications.

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