Space is Big – Space is Public

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 13:30 – 16:00

Location: Bremen Conference Center – ÖVB Arena

 

Outer space. Vast expanses of the universe…over 4,500 experts will meet during the International Astronautical Congress 2018 (IAC 2018) to discuss the immense scope of the various space-related disciplines. Interested members of the public are also invited. On 3 October, German Unity Day, the conference organizers invite you to the “Public Day”. Visitors will meet and experience high-level representatives from science, politics, and industry, and experience a live-call to the International Space Station ISS.

The highlight event “Space is Big – Space is Public” is currently planned to begin at 13:30 with a roundtable discussion on “Space Safety”. The subject: How can space traffic be regulated? How to avoid collisions in outer space? The number of space objects in orbit is steadily on the increase. Along with the many satellites out there, space debris or junk has increased to about 750,000 objects larger than 1 cm! Sun storm and cosmic radiation from other distant sources are just some of the other hazards that dictate space weather and which impact the Earth’s climate and terrestrial technology causing disruptions and malfunctions in our power grids, etc. The discussion also includes “planetary defence systems”: These ensure early warnings about possible asteroid or comet impacts, and their avoidance or mitigation. Is playing billiards with comets an option we need to consider seriously?

As from 14:30, the audience will tune-in live to the International Space Station, ISS. The schedule currently includes a live session with Alexander Gerst, who will be the second ESA and first German commander of the International Space Station in the twenty years of its existence. The 42-year-old geophysicist has arrived on the ISS in June this year and will assume command in October.

At about 14:45, visitors will be able to get close-up to real astronauts. They will report on their experiences in outer space, taking enough time to answer questions from the audience.

Master of ceremony

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Space Scientist,

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),

United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

Welcome Address

Jean-Yves Le Gall

President,

International Astronautical Federation (IAF),

France

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Guenthner

Senator of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports,

Bremen Senate,

Germany


PLENARY 6

From Deep Impact to Gravity through Space Weather: Working Together to Protect From Space Hazards, Human-made or Natural

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 13:30 – 14:30

Location: Bremen Conference Center – ÖVB Arena

 

Space Safety is a topic that no nation, no agency, no space actor can tackle alone. Global collaboration is a must. International cooperation is seen today but there is space for more.

Space Safety is not a single project or activity but a series of projects and activities contributed from players worldwide towards the vision of a resilient society safe from dangers originating in space.

The aim of the plenary is to explore international cooperation beyond what is already done and initiate/provide impulse for more. This plenary event is thus conceived as a working plenary. The plenary starts with the current roadmaps at major space agencies on space safety topics and aims at identifying gaps in current activities and deriving concrete actions those on stage can agree to take up at home and with one-another.

 

MODERATOR

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Space Scientist,

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),

United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

Moderator & Speaker

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Johann-Dietrich Woerner

Director General,

European Space Agency (ESA),

France

 

 

 

 

SPEAKERS

Jim Bridenstine

Administrator,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

 

 

 

 

Thomas Jarzombek

Member of German Parliament and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy,

German Parliament,

Germany

 

 

 

 

Nicolas Chamussy

Executive Vice President Space Systems,

Airbus Defence and Space,

France

 

 

 

 

Patrick Michel

Director of Research,

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS),

France

 

Matteo Emanuelli

Co-Chair,

Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC),

Austria

 

 


GLOBAL NETWORKING FORUM

In-Flight Call with Alexander Gerst

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 14:30 – 15:00

Location: Bremen Conference Center – ÖVB Arena

 

On the occasion of the IAC 2018 Public Day, the Congress audience and participants will tune-in live to the International Space Station, ISS for a live session with Alexander Gerst, who will be the second ESA and first German commander of the International Space Station in the twenty years of its existence. Gerst launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on 6 June 2018 for his mission Horizons Knowledge for Tomorrow, his second mission to work on the largest international technology project in the history of humankind. In this scientific laboratory, the major spacefaring nations are joining forces to develop solutions for the global challenges of our society: ‘Health, Environment and Climate Change’, as well as ‘Digitalisation, Industry 4.0, Energy Supply and Mobility of Tomorrow’. He will carry out 65 European experiments – the German Aerospace Center contributes to 41.

Alexander Gerst will assume command of the ISS on 3rd October 2018 during the week of IAC, and will be connecting live from the Station on that same day, to interact and answer questions from the audience.

Moderator

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Space Scientist,

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),

United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

Speakers

Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of Executive Board,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Gerst

Astronaut,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Germany

 

 

 

 

Thomas Jarzombek

Member of German Parliament and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy,

German Parliament,

Germany

 

 

 

 

Matthias Maurer

Astronaut,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Germany

 

 

 

 

Jan Wörner

Director General,

European Space Agency (ESA),

France

 

 

 


GLOBAL NETWORKING FORUM

IAF-ASE Astronaut Event

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 15:00 – 16:00

Location: Bremen Conference Center – ÖVB Arena

 

New Space also means that the astronaut profession undergoes changes and new astronauts’ stories are being told. On stage in Bremen astronauts from all over the world will share their views on their unique professional careers with the audience. Can we really go to Moon and Mars faster, better? What role does safety play in private space missions? Are the international crews on ISS a role model for future spaceflights? Tag up with people who have the combined experience of years in space in a fleet of spacecraft vehicles!

 

Moderators

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Space Scientist,

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),

United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

Reinhold Ewald

German MIR’97 Research Cosmonaut and Head of Flight Operations Division,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Germany

 

 

 

 

SpeakerS

Thomas Reiter

Astronaut and Former Director for Human Spaceflight and Operations,

European Space Agency (ESA),

The Netherlands

 

 

 

 

Pamela A. Melroy

Director of Space Technology and Policy,

Nova Systems,

Australia

 

 

 

 

 

Matthias Maurer

Astronaut,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Germany

 

 

 

 

Koichi Wakata

Vice President; Director General of Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate,

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),

Japan

 

 

 

 

Sergey Krikalev

Executive Director for Human Spaceflight,

ROSCOSMOS,

Russian Federation

 

 

 

 

Michael Lopez-Alegria

Principal,

MLA Space, LLC,

United States

 

 

 

 

 

Ernst Messerschmid

Professor,

University of Stuttgart,

Germany