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N° 7–2018: Call for Media: ESA at ILA Berlin Air and Space Show

18 April 2018

The European Space Agency will be present at the ILA international air and space show that takes place on 25-29 April at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport, Germany.

ESA, together with the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, the DLR German Aerospace Center and the German Aerospace Industries Association, will feature the benefits, results and future of ESA and German national programmes across all space domains.

ILA welcomes trade visitors from Wednesday 25 April to Friday 27 April, and will open its doors to the general public on the weekend.

Media are invited to attend the following events at the Space Pavillion, hall 4:


Wednesday, 25 April

11:00h. Science is everywhere in ESA: Sentinel-3B, Mars Sample Return and GAIA

ESA’s Director General will present Science as the underpinning theme of ESAand ESA’s Director of Earth Observation will talk about the science of the imminent launch of Sentinel-3B in the evening. ESA’s Director of Science will highlight the 2nd Data Release of GAIA, containing an unprecedented number of 1.3 billion stars’ distance and motion as well as the science that is expected from a Mars Exploration.

  •  Jan Wörner, ESA Director General
  • Josef Aschbacher, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation
  • Günther Hasinger, ESA’s Director of Science
  • Anthony Brown, Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium, University of Leiden
  • AntonellaVallenari, Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium, INAF, Astronomical Observatory of Padua


18:45–22:00h. Sentinel-3B launch event

Follow the launch live of the European satellite from the Russian Plesetsk cosmodrome. Sentinel-3B will join its twin, Sentinel-3A, to provide the largest environmental monitoring programme in the world. Experts from ESA, Eumetsat and the European Commission will give an insight into the Copernicus programme and the latest achievements of the Sentinel missions.


Thursday, 26 April

09:00–10:00h. Business is everywhere

Space is open for business. ESA boosts the role of private companies in the space sector and focuses on delivering benefits to society as a whole. ESA Director General Jan Wörner will meet the press and introduce Europe's debates on competitiveness, innovation through cooperation, space applications and services, exploration and commercial opportunities.


10:15–10:45h. The World Space Alliance

A new digital market place will be born during ILA. The World Space Alliance will offer space-based data and products from ESA’s Copernicus programmes. The partnership between ESA and the world leader in enterprise software will pave the way to geospatial business applications, closing the gap between traditional Earth observation and the digital business world. 

  •     Josef Aschbacher, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation
  •     Thomas Reiter, ESA’s Interagency Coordinator
  •     Bianca Hörsch, ESA Chief Digital Officer
  • Carsten Linz, Chief Information Officer, SAP Center for Digital Leadership


14:15–15:00h. Exploring the Red Planet – The next steps

Mars has many similarities to Earth, but evolved very differently into the unique worlds we observe today. Understanding the past of the Red Planet will help us understand our own history. Representatives from the European (ESA), American (NASA), German (DLR) and French (CNES) space agencies will discuss their goals and plans for exploring our neighbouring planet and announce the latest developments. The next exciting step is a round trip to Mars to bring scientific samples to laboratories on Earth.


  • David Parker, Director, Human and Robotic Exploration, ESA
  • Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board, DLR
  • Lionel Suchet, Vice President, CNES
  • Mark McCaughrean, Senior Science Advisor, ESA


15:00–15:45h. Space weather mission

Space weather can affect economically vital infrastructure and activities on our planet. A briefing on Europe’s first space weather monitoring mission will explain how crucial data will help spot Earth-arriving coronal mass ejections, improve forecasts of the arrival time at Earth and provide knowledge of active regions on the Sun.

  • Juha-Pekka Luntama, Head of the Space Weather Segment, ESA Space Situational Awareness programme
  • Representatives from industry partners and aviation


Friday, 27 April

11:15–12:15h. What’s next in European Space Exploration?

While the International Space Station continues to deliver fascinating science, the new era of global exploration is happening. Moon and Mars are the exciting targets of future missions enabled through partnerships, both with international space agencies and private companies. Recent achievements and perspectives of the European space exploration programme will be discussed. 

  • David Parker, Director, Human and Robotic Exploration, ESA
  • Timo Stuffler, Business Development, OHB System
  • Oliver Juckenhöfel, Head of On-Orbit Services & Space Exploration, Airbus Defence & Space  
  • Alex Brown, UK Manager, European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO)
  • Mark McCaughrean, Senior Science Advisor, ESA


14:00–18:00h. Astronauts’ Day

ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti, Matthias Mauer, Thomas Reiter and Reinhold Ewald will give presentations about astronaut training, the future of human spaceflight, science in microgravity and international cooperation in space.

Follow the ESA website for the latest updates and more detailed information.

Check the complete programme of the Space Pavilion, including a number of round tables and events, at:


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.

Learn more about ESA at

For further information, please contact:
ESA Media Relations Office
Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99