A huge, full-size Ariane 5 mock-up will be the main eye-catcher this year at the Paris Air Show, but to make the public aware of the successes and achievements of Europe's efforts in space, ESA is also exhibiting a spectacular display in its 1200 m2 pavilion located next to the mock-up.
The ESA pavilion will host a "living" replica of a satellite test facility, a sort of huge "anechoic chamber" where the transmission/receiving performance of satellites and their behavior in electromagnetic fields are tested. An ERS-2 full-scale mock-up will dominate from above the central exhibition area, where an ISO 1:1 model will also be on display. A "virtual reality" section will stage a rover moving across simulated planetary terrain....
The press will have plenty of opportunities to meet ESA management representatives and specialists during a series of daily encounters at the ESA pavilion, according to the following calendar:
Saturday 10 June:
09:00-11:00 Press breakfast with Jean-Marie Luton:
ESA's Director General will take stock of ESA's programmes.
Sunday 11 June:
09:30-11:00 Press breakfast/briefing with René Colette, Director of Telecommunications.
14:00-16:00 Workshop on parabolic flights for youngsters.
Monday 12 June:
09:30-11:00 Press breakfast/briefing with Roger Bonnet, Director of Science.
14:00-15:00 Press briefing: Ulysses North solar pass.
Tuesday 13 June:
09:30-11:00 Press breakfast/briefing with Jorg Feustel- Büechl, Director of Manned Spaceflight and Microgravity.
11:30-13:00 Astronauts event: European, American and Russian astronauts (EUROMIR94, STS-66/Atlas 3 and STS-75/TSS mission crew members) tell their stories.
16:00-18:00 Press briefing on the International Space Station. ESA, NASA, Russia (RKA), Canada (CSA) and Japan (STA) management will present the status of the ISS. A discussion will follow.
Wednesday 14 June:
09:30-11:00 Press breakfast/briefing with Fredrik Engström, Director of Launchers.
14:00-15:00 Joint ESA/CNES press briefing: Ariane 5.
15:30-16:30 Press briefing: FESTIP, Future European Space Transportation Investigation Programme.
Friday 16 June:
11:30-13:00 Press breakfast/briefing with Lanfranco Emiliani, Director of Observation of the Earth and its Environment.
Each press breakfast/briefing will aim to give an overview of current and future programmes and will be followed by a question and answer session.
Media representatives wishing attend these events are kindly requested to return the attached reply form - preferably by fax- to the ESA Public Relations Division in Paris (Fax. + 33 1 5369 7690).