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N° 6–2019: Call for media: ESA at the International Paris Air Show 2019

12 June 2019

The 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget will open its doors on Monday, 17 June 2019 and run until Sunday, 23 June. ESA will present its programmes in an innovative digital exhibition located, as in the past, between two full-scale models of the Ariane 1 and Ariane 5 launchers near the permanent Air and Space Museum.

The ESA presentations will feature ambitious European missions and projects across the main topics that are on the menu of the upcoming Space19+ meeting of ESA Council at Ministerial level, scheduled for 27–28 November 2019 in Seville, Spain.

Central to this presentation will be what ESA Director General Jan Wörner defines as ‘United Space in Europe – United Europe in Space’, a vision of diversity and inclusiveness in which the space sector evolves from being the preserve of the governments of a few spacefaring nations, to a new reality, with an increased number of space actors around the world, from public to private, from local to global, from academia to citizens.

The Director General will welcome media in an informal discussion at the AéroClub de France at Le Bourget on Monday 17 June from 15:30 to 16:30 CEST to present the status of preparations for Space19+, as well as the outcome of the ESA Council held on 13 and 14 June.

Included in the press briefing, around 16:00 CEST, the ESA Director General along with Stéphane Israël, Arianespace Chief Executive Officer, will sign the Ariane launch contract of the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE). JUICE is the first large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. Planned for launch in 2022 with an Ariane, with arrival at Jupiter in 2029, the probe will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.

Themed presentations designed for a large audience will take place each day on the podium, featuring ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and several guest scientists and engineers:
- How satellites can help us to understand and act in the context of climate change, with Thomas Pesquet and Pascal Lecomte from ESA Earth Observation Directorate on Monday 17 June from 16:30 to 17:00
- When the pioneer generation of Apollo astronauts meets the new active astronaut generation, with Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16) and Thomas Pesquet (Proxima, 2017) on Tuesday 18 June from 10:00 to 10:30
- Zoom into the future of exploration, with Thomas Pesquet and Didier Schmitt on Tuesday 18 June from 10:45 to 11:30
- European Space Talks 2019 kick-off, with an interaction between renowned sailor François Gabart and Thomas Pesquet on Friday 21 June from 11:00 to 12:00. The talk will be a follow-up of a discussion with both speakers to be moderated by Florence Porcel in the Paris AirLab (Concorde Hall, 10:00–11:00)
- Saxophonist Guillaume Perret, who wrote a piece of music played by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet in space, will be our special guest on Friday 21 June starting at 10:00. With him, ESA will contribute to the Fête de la Musique that runs all over France throughout the day
- Open up options with a career in European space, with students and Thomas Pesquet on Friday 21 June from 16:00 to 17:00

Several other events will be added with guest speakers from different sectors and will be organised on the ESA Pavilion podium throughout the week and during the weekend.

The Paris Air Show welcomes trade visitors from 17–23 June, with public days from 21–23 June, from 08:30 to 18:00 CEST.

Media accreditation for the overall Paris Air Show (via GIFAS):

ESA contact for media:

Philippe Willekens
ESA Head of Communication Department
Tel. +33-1-53697329

More details on the International Paris Air Show 2019:

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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.
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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.