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N° 14–2014: Call for Media: ESA at ILA Berlin Air & Space Show

15 May 2014

ESA will be present at the ILA international air and space show that takes place on 20–25 May at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport.

ESA, together with the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, the DLR German Aerospace Center and the BDLI German Aerospace Industries Association, will be arranging the Space Pavilion, highlighting European and German space programmes and achievements.

The following events are of special interest to media following ESA’s activities:

Opening Tour

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the Space Pavilion as part of the opening of ILA.

When: Tuesday, 20 May, 12:00–12:15

Where: Space Pavilion, Hall 4.

Panel discussion on Future Challenges for Global Space Cooperation

Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General, will take part in a panel with Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator, Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the Executive Board of DLR, and Evert Dudok, Head of Airbus Defence and Space – Communication, Intelligence and Security.

When: Tuesday, 20 May, 14:45–15:45

Where: Space Pavilion, Conference area

Director General’s press conference

Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General will provide an overview of ESA programmes followed by a question and answer session.

When: Wednesday, 21 May, 10:00–11:00

Where: Space Pavilion, VIP area

Panel discussion on Space for Growth & Competitiveness

Panel discussion on the benefits of space, with the participation of Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General, Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the Executive Board of DLR, and Evert Dudok, Head of Airbus Defence and Space – Communication, Intelligence and Security.

When: Wednesday, 21 May, start 14:15

Where: Space Pavilion, Conference area

Space Day

On Thursday, 22 May, at the Conference Area in the Space Pavilion, four roundtable sessions will discuss Earth observation, satellite communications, the International Space Station and launchers.

Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General will deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony.

When: Thursday, 22 May 10:30–11:00

Earth observation
Volker Liebig, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation, is joined by representatives from the European and national authorities, institutions and industry in a panel discussing space for Environment, Societal and Economical Benefits.

When: Thursday 22 May, 11:00–12:00

Satellite telecommunications
Magali Vaissiere, ESA’s Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, together with representatives from  Eutelsat, DLR and industry, discusses the future evolution of the telecommunication space.

When: Thursday, 22 May, 12:00–13:00

Gaele Winters, ESA’s Director of Launchers, will participate in a panel with the heads of the French and German space agencies and industry, discussing the future of the launcher business.

When: Thursday, 22 May, 13:30–14:30

International Space Station
To discuss the International Space Station, Thomas Reiter, ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations, is joined by national authorities and industry.

When: Thursday, 22 May, 14:30–16:30

Presentation of Alexander Gerst ‘Blue Dot’ mission

Reinhold Ewald, ESA astronaut, will be part of a panel presenting the upcoming mission of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, named Blue Dot.

When: Friday, 23 May, 11:00–12:30

Where: Space Pavilion, Conference area

All times are provisional. Follow the ESA website for the latest updates.

All events take place in the Space Pavilion, Hall 4.

Some events will also be webstreamed, see schedule on

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The European Space Agency (ESA) is 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 20 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 18 are Member States of the EU.

ESA has Cooperation Agreements with eight other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

ESA is also working with the EU to implement the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

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.

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

Today, it 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.

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