The Sky is not the Limit – Paving the Way for an Orbital Society

Thursday 4 October 2018, 18:00 – 19:00
Location: Bremen Exhibition & Conference Center – DLR Hall


Tom Enders, CEO of the aerospace company Airbus, will speak about business opportunities in space.

Today, space – be it Low Earth Orbit or even outer space – is not anymore an area reserved to states and their institutions. We see an increasing amount of private ventures investing massively into new space capabilities, setting new records in the coming years in terms of investments, product / services development and launches.

For more than 10 years Mankind has had an orbital outpost in Low Earth Orbit – the International Space Station ISS. But now LEO is not an area only to discover anymore it has clearly become a part of Earth’s Economic area. Orbital Economy is a reality, it happens now, we need to reinforce it and we need to expand it further out to GEO and to the Moon.



Jean-Yves Le Gall


International Astronautical Federation,





Tom Enders

Chief Executive Officer (CEO),

Airbus Group,




Full Bio

Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) Enders was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus SE, on 1 June 2012, after having been CEO of the Airbus Commercial Aircraft Division since 2007. Before that he served as Co-CEO of EADS between 2005 and 2007. He was Head of the Group’s Defence Division from 2000 to 2005. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of Airbus SE since its creation in 2000.

Prior to joining the aerospace industry in 1991, Enders worked, inter alia, as a Member of the “Planungsstab” of the German Minister of Defence and in various Foreign Policy think tanks. He studied Economics, Political Science and History at the University of Bonn and at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Enders was President of the BDLI (German Aerospace Industry Association) from 2005 to 2012. From 2005 to 2009 he was Chairman of the Atlantik-Brücke e.V. In 2014, Enders joined the Advisory Council of the Munich Security Conference as well as the Senate of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. He is patron of the German Mayday Foundation which supports airmen, women and their families in times of need.

Tom Enders is a member of the BDI Board (German Industry Association) since 2009 and the Joint Advisory Council of Allianz SE since 2013. From 2011 to 2015, Tom Enders was a member of the Business Advisory Group of then U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.