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.

Organized by:
European Space Agency (ESA)
German Aerospace Center (DLR)


Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Space Scientist,

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),

United Kingdom






Jim Bridenstine


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States





Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of Executive Board,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),







Alexander Gerst


European Space Agency (ESA),






Thomas Jarzombek

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

German Parliament,






Matthias Maurer


European Space Agency (ESA),






Jan Wörner

Director General,

European Space Agency (ESA),