The Space Tech Expo Europe 2017 Roundup
Last month saw the successful return of Space Tech Expo Europe to Bremen, Germany. The free-to-attend event attracted attendance from across the complete space supply chain as industry peers gathered to share ideas, showcase new products, and discover the very latest in space-related technology. Here are just some of our highlights!
ESA Director-General, Jan Woerner's Keynote
There was not an empty seat in the room during the keynote from ESA’s Director-General Jan Woerner. In his presentation, he stressed the importance of cooperation within the space industry to clean up Earth’s orbit while establishing an international human presence at the moon and beyond.
Woerner expanded on his idea of a “united space in Europe” — a vision he says must, for now, replace the dream of a “united states of Europe” shared after the launch of Europe’s Sentinel-2B Earth-observation satellite March.
DLR GfR’s Robotic Arm for Harsh Environments
On display at DLR GfR’s stand was their state of the art robotic arm. Along with its impressive gracefulness when completing tasks, the arm can be remotely controlled making it perfect for the harsh environments of space. Throughout the three days, visitors were able to see a series of live demos and even a couple were able to try out this amazing technology for themselves.
ArianeGroup - Go to Infinity and Beyond with the Ariane 6
A new feature for 2017 - the Product Showcase - was a big hit with attendees. One of the stand- out presentations was ArianeGroup’s demonstration of the Ariane 6 spacecraft, set to take flight in 2020. Visitors crowded round their stand to discover what makes this spacecraft so special, the planned 2020 launch, and what this means for the space industry.
Quickfire B2B Meetings
Back by popular demand was the B2B Matchmaking service in partnership with Enterprise Europe Network Bremen. Over 1,000 prearranged meetings took place over the three days, connecting visitors and exhibitors for quickfire one-to-one meetings.
This allowed participants to make the most of their time and make multiple business connections within a short space of time. “Everyone I have spoken to says this is the thing that really sets this event apart from everything else” commented Melissa Molseed, Senior Delivery Consultant, ICP Search.
Adapting Testing Practices for Additive Manufacturing
Wednesday afternoon at the Technology Forum was dedicated to the next generation of electronics and components. With companies increasingly using additive manufacturing (AM), testing practices need to be adapted to keep up with the increased complexity of new materials. During his speaking session, Holger Speckmann from Testia GmbH presented the new non-destructive testing methods able to deal with these new challenges. Visitors packed the forum to hear this stellar presentation.
Tuesday Drinks Reception
After the exhibition closed on Tuesday, attendees headed over the Bremen – City of Space stand to catch up with contacts and make new connections over a drink. The reception, sponsored by OHB, brought together industry experts from around the globe to network in a relaxed environment.
Don’t forget, our sister show, Space Tech Expo USA, is taking place 22 – 24 May 2018, Pasadena, CA, USA – find out more here.