From left to right: David Parker, Head of UK Space Agency; Robert Goodwill, Parlementary Under Secretary of State for Transport, United Kingdom; Andy Green, Co-Chair of the UK Space Leadership Council; George C. Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at Federal Aviation Administration; Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, and Magali Vaissiere, ESA Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, at the Farnborough air and space show, on 15 July 2014.
This year, when the European Space Agency and its member states are celebrating 50 years of European cooperation in space, ESA’s exhibition underlines the importance of building on past achievements in space science, exploration and applications to shape the future of Europe in this strategic sector.
The exhibition reflects the wealth of recent mission results and upcoming launches across all space domains.
A full-size model of Alphasat, the largest and most sophisticated telecom satellite ever built in Europe, greets visitors in front of the Space Zone. Alphasat and its Alphabus platform are excellent examples of innovative public–private partnerships.
ESA helps to develop satellite systems and technologies, opening up new markets for European industry by sharing expertise and risk in order to build operational missions.