After five years on the US West Coast, Space Tech Expo has established itself as one of the leading events on the global space calendar.
The exhibition, which is co-located with Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo, enjoyed a further 45 percent rise in attendance when it ran earlier this year in Long Beach, California. With exhibitor numbers growing by an extra 25 percent the show is an unmissable opportunity for engineers and global decision makers in commercial, government and military space to successfully connect in a focused B2B environment.
Expanding on this success, the launch in Bremen aims to provide the continent’s space industry with a purposeful marketplace centered on the design, manufacture and testing of spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies. For a full three days in November, thousands of engineers, contractors, system integrators, buyers, manufacturers and industry leaders will converge at the dual exhibitions hosted in Bremen, covering the entire supply chain for space technology and aerospace electrical systems.
As the dynamic and progressive scene in Europe continues to expand, the event signals a recognition of the continuing development of international cooperation and business investment in the sector. Bremen is one of Europe’s leading aerospace hubs, with more than 140 companies and 20 research institutions employing 12,000-plus staff with an annual revenue of approximately 2 billion euros.
More than 180 exhibitors are already signed up, among them such industry, research and testing majors as OHB, DLR, Thales Alenia Space, Tesat-Spacecom, W. L. Gore, Zodiac Data Systems, SEA, Olympus, Curtiss-Wright, European Test Services and Fraunhofer Space. It is free for attendees to visit any of the exhibitors, as well as to use many of the other complimentary services during the show, such as the B2B Matchmaking Service, organized in cooperation with Enterprise Europe Network Bremen. Registering for B2B Matchmaking enables connections between businesses on a one-to-one basis. It also guarantees networking prospects before attending the expo, as meetings can be reserved in advance. Participants are able to express their partnership intentions alongside their online profiles, which are then published on a dedicated website accessible to all attendees. Requests for bilateral face-to-face meetings can be both received and given, enabling a head start on networking.
There will also be ample opportunity to network during the event itself, with networking lunches and receptions held on the show floor. A key element of the program, these introductory gatherings provide visitors with the opportunity to meet hundreds of like-minded industry professionals in a more informal professional setting, boosting the opportunity to make relevant connections as well as enhancing the show experience.
Conveniently co-located alongside Space Tech Expo Europe, the Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo adds a further dimension to the show. A popular visitor destination in its own right, the show features the components and capabilities that bring aircraft and space vehicles to life, including battery and power systems manufacturing, power distribution and conversion, wire cable and harnesses, electronics, box building, control assemblies, software, data acquisition and testing.
In addition to the exhibit area, a dedicated space is designated for testing technologies, equipment, processes and research. The Aerospace Testing Zone will see testing capabilities for airframes, subsystems, components and electrical power systems for the aerospace and space sectors, presented by a wide range of international companies and organizations.
Perhaps one of the greatest features of the Space Tech Expo Europe are the free-to-attend forums, running alongside the program for the full duration of the event. Over the course of three days, two concurrent forums will provide insights from key contributors such as NASA, DLR, ESA, ULA, OHB, Thales, Airbus and many others.
The Industry Forum starts with a full day committed to markets, business models and cross-sector collaboration, with key themes including launch services, ESA technology roadmaps, advanced propulsion technologies and future fuels. The second day will concentrate on trending technologies and growth opportunities, including space station utilization, the space logistics market, on-orbit servicing and exploration technologies. The final day will focus on the small-satellites market in terms of economics, applications, launch capabilities and enabling technologies.
The Technology Forum will showcase the latest R&D findings, technical innovations and product development methodologies from a set of carefully selected exhibitors.
Day One is themed on lunar exploration technologies, the use of advanced composites on satellites, reducing the cost of manufacturing and opto-mechanical design and integration.
Day Two covers areas such as managing the growth of spacecraft data, avionics testing technologies and compliance testing. The forum will conclude with a continuation of the testing theme, focusing on optimizing system integrity and test efficiency, automation technologies for testing, robotic systems for non-destructive testing and model-based testing for embedded systems.
Speakers at the forums will include:
• Dr.-Ing. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, ESA
• Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chairwoman of the Executive Board, DLR
• Guy Perez, CTO, OHB
• Bart Reijnen, Head of Orbital Systems and Space Exploration & Head of Site Bremen, Airbus Defence and Space
• Frank Salzgeber, Head of Technology Transfer Program Office, ESA
• Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer Program Executive, NASA
• Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, SNC Space Systems
• Dan Lopez, VP Technology, Urthecast
• Alex da Silva Curiel, Head of International Business, Surrey Satellite
• Dr. John Horack, Vice President Global Commercial Space,
• Teledyne Brown Engineering
• Johannes Mattes, Head of Key Applications, Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH
• Bob Metz, Director Aerospace and Defense, PCB Piezotronics Inc
• Arne Brehmer, Manager Aviation, Vector Informatik GmbH
• Juergen Bosse, Managing Director, Robo-Technology GmbH
The Space Tech Expo Industry Forum runs for one day on November 17—areas of concentration will include Markets, Business Models and
The key themes include...
• Launch services
• ESA Technology roadmaps
• Collaboration, business models and partnerships
• Advanced propulsion technologies and future fuels
Then, on Day 2, November 18, the focus of the Technology Forum will be on Trending Technologies and Growth Opportunities
The key themes include...
• Technology Transfer
• Reusability and affordability
• Space logistics market
• On orbit servicing
• Exploration technologies
• Space station utilization
Day 3 of the Industry Forum, November 19, will spotlight Enabling the Smallsats Market
The key themes include...
• Economics of smallsats
• Earth observation and remote sensing
• Next gen applications
• Smallsat launch capabilities
• Enabling technologies
The event’s Technology Forum will offer...
On Day 1, November 17...
• Lunar exploration technologies
• Advanced composite use in satellites
• Reducing the cost of manufacturing
• Opto-mechanical design and integration
On Day 2, November 18
• Managing the growth of spacecraft data
• Avionic testing technologies
• Compliance testing
• Technology management
And on Day 3, November 19...
• Optimizing system integrity and test efficiency
• Automation technologies for testing
• Robotic systems for non-destructive testing
• Model-based testing for embedded systems