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AviaBelt Supported by ESA Supported by WFB Airbus Defence & Space OHB
24-26 Oct, 2017 | Bremen, Germany

Forum Agenda 2015

Space Tech Expo Europe brings together key leaders from across the global space arena to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, as well as a dedicated technical forum providing in-depth insights into emerging technologies and services.  Over the course of three days, the two concurrent forums will provide insights from OHB, NASA, DLR, ESA, ULA, Thales, Airbus and many more into issues including; competition, access and affordability in the launch services market, ESA technology roadmaps and opportunities for the supply chain, technology transfer, reusability and affordability and the growth of small sats.  The latest testing methodologies, R&D approaches and development best practices will also be shared throughout the Technology Forum sessions.


Registration Opens

Official Opening of Space Tech Expo Europe

Invited dignitaries to be confirmed

Martin Günthner
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports of Bremen

Keynote Address

Keynote Address

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund
Chairwoman of the Executive Board

Keynote: Space at the Crossroads

With global revenues topping $330 billion (USD) in 2014, and 76 percent of all space activity recorded in the commercial markets, the world wide space community is at a crossroads today -with traditional roles of government and industry being redefined, new business models being proposed and investments made, all while the earth orbit environments that sustain satellite-based businesses and government program are becoming more congested, contested and competitive.  Space Foundation chief executive officer Elliot Holokauahi Pulham takes us on a fascinating look inside the political, technical and economic trends that are redefining the space sector today, and shaping the global space economy of tomorrow.

Elliot Pulham
Space Foundation

Keynote Address

Fritz Merkle

Keynote Address

Bart Reijnen
Head of Orbital Systems and Space Exploration & Head of Site Bremen

Keynote Address: Space Policy in Germany

Klaus-Peter Willsch

Keynote Address: Innovative Space

  • Examining the myriad opportunities that arise from repurposing technologies and using space technologies on Earth
  • Understanding the multiple ways in which a technology or solution can be applied
  • Outlining the mission of the TTPO to inspire and facilitate use of space technology systems for non-space applications in sectors including healthcare, automotive, oil and gas, and agriculture
Frank Salzgeber
Head of Technology Transfer Program Office

Break for exhibition visit, networking and refreshments

Launch Services Market – Competition, Access and Affordability

The market has been calling for more affordable space access, so launch providers must find ways to improve operational efficiency and lower cost while continuing to ensure mission safety. Bringing together key industry leaders, speakers will share their views of where the launch market is heading, and plans for investments in dual-launch capabilities and reusable engines, among other moves, that they believe will improve their fleets’ capabilities.

  • What is the potential impact of reusable engines and stages on future launch costs?
  • What types of propellants, engines and new technologies are launch companies investing in for next-generation systems?
  • Which business models and partnerships will provide stability and predictability in the supplier and industrial base to reduce cost and meet national space requirements?
  • How is the commercial market evolving and will electric propulsion change the orbits and mass classes of the satellites you launch?


Paola Leoni
Senior Partner, CEO
Leoni Corporate Advisors


Pier Giuliano Lasagni
Vice Chairman AVIO SpA
Stefano Bianchi
Head of Launchers Development Department
Leslie Kovacs
Director, Washington Operations
United Launch Alliance
Sören Scholz
Vice president, Head of Production and Exploitation Programmes
Airbus Safran Launchers

Break for exhibition visit, lunch and networking

Advanced Propulsion Technologies and Future Fuels

As national space agencies plan more ambitious future space missions, they need to develop appropriate supporting technologies. Solar electric propulsion has been cited on a list of technologies NASA specified as vital for a crewed mission to Mars, as well as for asteroid retrieval and other more complex space missions. Commercial companies including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Thales Alenia have achieved notable progress with all-electric propulsion technology, which has long proved itself a viable option for station keeping or keeping the satellite in its position in orbit, but not for orbit raising. This session will examine current efforts to develop advanced propulsion technologies and assess the range of future fuel options.

  • Outlining advancements in electric propulsion technologies
  • Examining the range of future fuels and ‘green fuels’
  • Determining in-space propulsion requirements
  • Understanding how new advances in chemical and electric propulsion provide high-performance propulsion options that can greatly reduce launch costs and enable use of smaller, lower-cost launchers while expanding mission capabilities
  • Reviewing new space architectures and CONOPs enabled by new propulsion systems
Dr. Helmut Ciezki
Head, Propellants Department
Institute of Space Propulsion, DLR
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schlechtriem
German Aerospace Center Institute of Space Propulsion, DLR
Professor Nicholas Syred
Honorary Distinguished Professor and Member
Wales Academic Space Partnership

Break for exhibition visit, networking and refreshments

ESA Technology Roadmaps and Opportunities for Commercial Space

As the space industry evolves and new entrants strive to stake their claim in the market, how will commercial providers work to deliver government space requirements? What are the technology roadmaps of ESA and national European space agencies, and what opportunities do they pose for the supply chain? What are the paths to the future? What are the best models for public-private partnership and how do we balance our use of commercial space compared with more traditional procurements? This session will explore these issues and others including:

  • Examining the role of ESA as a space agency, ESA programmes and technology roadmaps
  • Outlining ESA industrial policy – outlook for the future
  • Traditional business models versus new approaches
  • Which applications and requirements offer the best commercial outsourcing or partnership opportunities?
  • How will the European SME market evolve in a more competitive and diverse industry?


Dr. John Horack
Vice President Global Commercial Space
Teledyne Brown Engineering


Bart Reijnen
Head of Orbital Systems and Space Exploration & Head of Site Bremen
Dr Joerg Wehner
Head of the Infrastructure and Institutional Coordination Office
ESA Directorate of Technical and Quality Management, ESA
Guy Perez

Close of Industry Forum Day 1

Registration Opens

Welcome Remarks from the Chair


Joerg Kreisel

Executive Fireside Chat: Innovation in the Space Industry

Executives of Europe’s leading space companies will discuss how to drive innovation across the industry. What are the emerging opportunities? Where are the growth markets? Which new entrants have the potential to disrupt the market and challenge the dominance of the incumbent leaders?


Joerg Kreisel


Guy Perez
Craig Clark

Opportunities and Challenges for Transatlantic Cooperation and Joint US-European Space Programmes

The sheer cost of planning and executing space missions is enough to encourage greater cooperation not only between commercial industry and government agencies, but also among global agencies. Increasingly, commercial companies and government agencies are recognising the different competencies they have developed, and collaborating more than ever in order to leverage the latest technological innovations and share best practices and approaches. This session will examine three key areas in which we’re witnessing technology advancements and can see potential for increasing cooperation among US and European organisations:

  • Space situational awareness 
  • On-orbit servicing
  • Space debris mitigation


Joerg Kreisel


Luisa Innocenti
Head, Clean Space initiative
Rodrigo da Costa
Director of Future Projects and Business Development, Orbital Systems and Exploration
Airbus Defence and Space
Laura Gatti
ESA Marketing & Sales

Break for exhibition visit, networking and refreshments

Session To Be Announced

Airbus & Teledyne Brown Joint Session – International Collaboration Through Commercial Imaging from the International Space Station

  • Outlining Teledyne’s plans to build the first commercial imaging platform from the ISS names MUSES[SL1]  (Multi-User System for Earth Sensing)
  • Understanding how MUSES creates opportunities to provide new views on Earth as well as to develop and deploy new technologies and instrumentation quickly and cost effectively, enabling state-of-the-art Earth observation
  • Launching the first instrument – DESIS-30, German acronym for German Earth Science Imaging Spectrometer
  • Discussing how the ISS, MUSES, UGART and similar programmes are taking the first step towards the next generation of international activities in space, generating positive social, economic, educational and quality-of-life outcomes


Airbus & Teledyne Brown Joint Session: Bartolomeo – An Innovative Platform for End-to-End Payload Hosting Services

  • Introducing Bartolomeo – proposal to install, supply and operate a quasi-autonomous platform capable of hosting multiple external payloads on the ISS in a collaborative public-private scheme including ESA, NASA and other partners
  • Outlining the platform system and operations, together with a discussion of business cases for different payload mission types
  • Utilising the ISS for various mission types, e. g. commercial service, in-orbit demos, technology testing, science
  • Examining how Airbus DS and Teledyne Brown are working with NASA to commercialise ISS utilisation
  • Outlining how a space station dedicated to human spaceflight can bring down the mission cost for LEO applications in low-cost end-to-end services
Dr. John Horack
Vice President Global Commercial Space
Teledyne Brown Engineering
Dr. Per Christian Steimle
Project Manager Project Development
Airbus Defence and Space

Observing the Anthropocene from Space: Challenges and Opportunities

Anthropogenic activity has resulted in pollution from local to global scale. Changes in land use, the destruction of stratospheric ozone, the modification of biogeochemical cycling and acid deposition have impacted on ecosystems and climate change. To improve our understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere system and the accurate prediction of future changes, knowledge of the amounts and distributions of trace atmospheric constituents is essential. This session will examine how space-borne monitoring instruments can provide:

  • Developing an integrated observing system, comprising ground and space-based segments to improve our science and provide an evidence base needed for environmental policymakers
  • Using instrumentation on space-borne platforms to monitor global atmospheric composition
  • Outlining the results from the SCIAMACHY (SCanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY on ESA Envsiat 2002 to 2012) and its spin-offs GOME (Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment ESA ERS-2 1995 to 2011) and GOME-2 (ESA/EUMETSAT Metop series)
  • Examining the potential of the SCIAMACHY successors Sentinel 5, CarbonSat and SCIA-ISS
Dr. Heinrich Bovensmann
Senior Researcher
University of Bremen

Technology Transfer to Non-Space Applications and Environments Including Aviation and Maritime Security

  • Licensing issues
  • ADSB over satellite – applications from space for air traffic management
  • Global air traffic surveillance from space
Klaus Werner
Graduated Engineer
Alessandro Donati
Advanced Mission Concepts and Technology Manager
Birgit Suhr
Project Manager

Break for exhibition visit, lunch and networking

Panel: Driving Reusability and Affordability in Launch Systems and Vehicles

Bringing together international perspectives, the session will explore government and industry efforts to develop reusable launch vehicles and supporting technologies. Issues to be addressed include:

  • How do you balance cost reduction with quality and reliability?
  • What is ‘reusable’ – is an industry standard required to qualify reusability across vehicles and systems?
  • Lessons learned from government and industry initiatives 


Eric Stallmer
Commercial Spaceflight Federation


John Olson
Vice President
Sierra Nevada Space Systems
Jerome Vila
Head of the Prospective, Innovation & Future Projects Department
Harry Van Hulten
Flight Test Director
Leslie Kovacs
Director, Washington Operations
United Launch Alliance

Break for exhibition visit, networking and refreshments

Exploration Technologies: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Space Applications

In recent years, robotics and artificial intelligence have gained a lot of interest. Although systems have been used as tools to implement classical AI approaches in the area of object recognition, environment representation, path and motion planning etc. for some time, researchers are now beginning to understand that the system (robot) itself is part of the question and has to be taken into account when talking about AI questions. This talk will survey the state of the art in robotics, and outline ways to tackle the question of AI in the light of the systems as an integral part of the approach. Future milestones and key achievements will be discussed as a proposal to tackle the big question of AI in space.

Prof. Frank Kirchner
Head of Robotics Innovation Center
DFKI Bremen

LSI Supply Chain Innovation and Requirements

Procurement heads of leading space companies will outline their requirements and expectations of the growing supply chain. What are the opportunities for small, medium and incumbent businesses?

Gerd Heinrich
Director of Procurement
Martin Veith
Head of EEE Centre
Airbus Defence & Space

Registration Opens

Welcome Remarks


Dave Barnhart
Director, USC Space Engineering Research Center
University of Southern California (formerly Program Manager at DARPA)

Reconciling the Economics of Small Sats – What’s the Real Value Proposition and Where’s the Real Market? / Applications / Earth Observation

  • Achieving high-volume, low-cost manufacturing of small sats
  • Developing effective ground network support
  • Determining the optimal satellite size      
  • How many launches are feasible?
  • Creating meaningful and useful data
  • Market evolution and commercialisation of cubesats


Joerg Kreisel


Dan Lopez
VP Technology
Fabio Nichele
Business Developer and System Engineer
Tyvak International
Jean-Jacques Bruniera
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Thales Alenia Space
Andy Vick
Science & Technology Facilities Counci

Break for exhibition visit, networking and refreshments

Creating Affordable Launch Capabilities for Small Sats

  • Re-engineering how launch systems can be made truly low cost; looking beyond the launch vehicle itself and addressing cost drivers related to launch operations
  • Launching small sats from the ISS
  • Resurgence of interest in air launch systems
  • How can small sat launch providers determine launch rate, launch sites and demonstrate reliability?
  • Hosted payloads – sharing launch capabilities across multiple end users


Paola Leoni
Senior Partner, CEO
Leoni Corporate Advisors


Angelo Fontana
Head of Marketing Strategies and Business Development
Fabio Caramelli
VEGA Production and Future Missions Project, Manager LAU/EVF
Hélène Huby
Head of Innovation
Airbus Defence and Space
Peter Bak
Head of European Operations
Michele Coletti
Mars Space Ltd

Break for exhibition visit lunch and networking

Enabling Technologies That Will Improve the Performance of Small Sats

  • Which new technologies could further improve performance and cost benefits from small satellites?
  • iBOSS technologies
  • Clean Space One technologies for rendezvous and dock/capture
  • Space robotics
  • Special test capabilities for small satellites


Dave Barnhart
Director, USC Space Engineering Research Center
University of Southern California (formerly Program Manager at DARPA)


Bernd Sommer
General Technologies and Robotics, German Aerospace Center
DLR Space Management
Dr. Gerhard Grunwald
Lead Space Robotics
DLR - Space Robotics
Rob Staples
Head of Launch and Orbital Servicing
Surrey Satellite
Jan Harder
Research Assistant
University of Munich

Close of Industry Forum

Registration Opens

Exhibition Hall Opens

Next stop Apollo 17, a private mission to the moon in 2017

Robert Boehme
Part-Time-Scientists GmbH

Disruptive Manufacturing Technologies to Meet Space Industry Cost Challenges

Anders Brødsjø, MSc
Technology Manager
Airborne Technology Centre BV

Advanced composite material technology - meeting the demands todays space-destined structures and beyond

Claire Baker
Sales Manager, Aerospace UK
TenCate Advanced Composites

Introduction of Out-of-Autoclave process in the manufacturing of Payload Fairings

Tobias Huber
RUAG Space Schweiz AG

Current Status and Further Development of Radiation Hardened Space Solar Cells at AZUR SPACE

Jürgen Grein
Marketing & Sales Director
AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH


The Advanced Air Monitor for Crewed Cabins ANITA2 — A Trans-Atlantic ESA-NASA Cooperative Success Story within the ISS and Exploration Programs

Dr.Timo Stuffler
Director Business Development

Planetary sample handling technologies and application to ExoMars 2018

Dr.Lutz Richter
Project Manager ExoMars 2018 Sample Handling Subsystem (SPDS)

Asteroids: A threat and ways to mitigate it

Marc Scheper
Head of Space Transportation, Robotic Missions & Exploration Studies


The Optomechanical Design and Integration of the EUCLID NI-OA

Hans Thiele
Team Leader Mounting, Metrology & Validation
OHB System AG

Mission critical bolts on the Gaia telescope BAM equipped with permanent mounted transducers

Frank Scheuch
Managing Director
AMG Intellifast

Aerospace MatchPro - The HR solution for the aerospace industry


Katja Lösche
HR Consultant
ARTS Deutschland GmbH
Ralf Wagner
Project Manager Process Analysis
manaTec GmbH

Close of Forum Day 1

Registration Opens

Exhibition Hall Opens

RTG4 Next-Generation Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs

Jens Hüttemann
Senior Field Applications Engineer

Mass saving solutions for space wiring

Manfred Jakob
Business Development Manager
Axon Kabel GmbH

Development of a Standardized µRTU for Future Satellite Avionics

Stefan Bedrich
Director Engineering Instruments and Electronics
OHB System AG


Obsolescence management: automated recovery of CAD data

Olaf Rohrbacher
Product Manager
Digitaltest GmbH

Next Generation Spacecraft Data Handling

Matthias Maeke-Kail
Sales Manager
TTTech Computertechnik AG

The use of Space qualified COTS data handling equipment for the ESA IXV mission

Niall Heffernan
Senior Product Manager

High-End Phase-Noise Measurement

Oliver Voss
Application Expert
Rohde & Schwarz Vertriebs-GmbH


Technology Management at OHB System

Egbert Jan van der Veen
Technology Manager
OHB System

Space Parts Procurement, Engineering and Supply – Roles of a Parts Agency

Dr. Frederik Küchen
Head of Parts Agency

Space 4.0 - Kickstarting the New Space economy in Europe


Sebastian D. Marcu
Design & Data GmbH


Magni Johannsson
Startup Weekend Space Bremen
Matthias A. Simnacher
Business Innovation Manager Strategy for Space Systems – TYS
AIRBUS Defence & Space
Kartik Kumar


Comprehensive test- & analysis methods and unique long-term storage for electronic components

Holger Krumme
Managing Director, Technical Operations

Advances in Avionics Power Compliance Testing

Herman van Eijkelenburg
Director of Marketing
Pacific Power Source, Inc

Autonomous and advanced assistance systems to boost avionic testing technologies

Dr Arne Brehmer
Manager Aviation
Vector Informatik GmbH

Force Sensor Installation for Force Limited Vibration

Bob Metz
Director, Aerospace & Defense
PCB Piezotronics, Inc

Close of Forum Day 2

Registration Opens

Exhibition Hall Opens

Hardware-in-the-Loop Technology Enabling Flexible Testing Processes

Dieter Hartmann
Sales Engineer / Applications Consultant

Innovative Automation Technology for Aircraft Door System Testing

François Dumont
Department Leader in Testing and Qualification
Aircraft Door System Business, Airbus Helicopters


Dangers of testing Aero structure Earth Bond incorrectly

Jason Evans
Sales Director
MK Test Systems

Satellite qualification test - Optimizing system integrity and test efficiency

Ole Thorhauge
Solution Manager, Aerospace & Defence Market Group
Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S

How can modern DAQ Systems help to address complexity, reduce setup time and run tests efficienty?

Johannes Mattes
Head of Key Applications
Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH

Lowering the Cost of Test LRUs With Standardized HIL Test Systems

Chris Bakker
Field Systems Engineer, Real-time Test
National Instruments

Robotic Systems for Non-Destructive Ultrasonic Inspection of Large Carbon-Fiber Components

Juergen Bosse
Managing Director
Robo-Technology GmbH


PROlineUSB ready for Industry 4.0 and SCADA

Manfred Krueger
Sales Manager Exports
VOGT Ultrasonics GmbH

Model-based testing for embedded systems

Prof. Dr. Jan Peleska
Verified Systems International GmbH

Dyplo: Process distribution and communication for integrated PC, CPU and FPGA platforms

Dirk Van Den Heuvel
Principal Consultant
Topic Embedded Systems

End of Forum Day 3

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