Space Tech Expo Europe: Expanded Coverage Emphasises Innovation

One Event, Three Conferences

Space Tech Expo Europe will open its doors at Bremen Messe once again in November. The third European space technology event will be bigger and bolder than ever before, bringing together the space technology supply chain, from hardware to software, and providing opportunities to connect with downstream service providers.

This year, the event has expanded, with an extra exhibition hall dedicated to developments in small satellites. The event comprises three in-depth conferences, which will emphasise the latest challenges, innovations and opportunities in a cross-section of the European space market.

Industry Conference
Known for its high-level panel discussions among senior leadership, the Industry Conference will highlight a wide variety of topics, with the aim of providing a platform to help grow and strengthen the European space industry. The plenary opening session welcomes senior leadership from ESA, DLR, CNES, ASI, JAXA, POLSA, the Luxembourg Space Agency and many others to discuss the important positions of space agencies in the European space sector, what international collaboration means for the industry and what types of programmes they are working on. The theme will then move on to the topic of funding and how the industry is ready for a gear change, answering the need for speed to stay on top of international developments.

The second day will focus on revolutionising the GEO lifecycle. Topics such as large satellite manufacturing, inter-satellite communications, heavy launch vehicle development, on-orbit servicing and space traffic management will all be highlighted by key players in these respective segments, including Airbus, Mynaric, KSAT, ArianeGroup, Effective Space Solutions, Astroscale, SENER, Officina Stellare and D-Orbit.

The Future Mission Enablers day brings together experts in the field of low-Earth orbit commercialisation, crewed missions and the development of large in-space infrastructures. The day will also provide a platform to discuss the introduction of space planes and how these vehicles can serve the space industry. Speaking organisations on this day include NanoRacks, Sierra Nevada Corporation, DFKI Robotics Innovation Center, GE Additive and Reaction Engines.

Smallsats Conference
New for 2019 is the Smallsats Conference, which will outline the latest developments in the smallsat sector from a European and global point of view. The conference draws attention to high-level industry developments and forecasts in its ‘Changing the Game: Opportunities for Europe’s Smallsats’ day. It will also dive deeper into topics such as access to space.

The small launcher panel on the ‘Leveraging LEO: Tech, Launch and Mission Management’ day welcomes senior leadership from PLD Space, Skyrora, Firefly Aerospace, Rocket Lab and Exolaunch. Led by Bryce Space and Technology, this session will underline funding challenges and opportunities, reducing production timelines and the cost of launch, among other topics. The conference will also focus on technology innovation for small satellites, including communication systems, power management, autonomous decision-making, propulsion systems and advanced imaging technologies.

The last day of the Smallsats Conference will tap into the downstream market, outlining satellite data requirements of players in the field of transport (including automotive, aviation and maritime), precision agriculture and urban management. The downstream morning will finish with a session on how this industry can tap into new markets – those who perhaps don’t even know yet that they need space! The downstream day is led by the ESA Downstream Business Applications department and welcomes speakers from Open Cosmos, Earth-I, HawkEye 360, Scisys, DLR and the European Global Satellite Navigation Agency, among many others.

Tech Conference
The third stage at the event focuses on technology innovations, but before it does so, the Tech Conference will be rebranded as the Start-up Sessions. On the opening day, the stage will be devoted to spurring start-ups in the European space sector and will include a session on the position of start-ups in the market, followed by pitch sessions in front of a panel of judges.

The other two days of the tech conference will focus on various technical topics, including electronics and electrical systems, material and design, environmental testing and simulation testing.

Space Tech Expo Europe takes place on November 19-21 in Bremen, Germany.
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