Friday 5 October, 08:30 – 09:30

Bremen Exhibition & Conference Center – DLR Hall


“The Hayabusa2 mission is an asteroid sample-return mission operated by the Japan Space Exploration Agency (JAXA). It is intended to image and sample the asteroid 1999 JU3, discovered in May 1999, now known as Ryugu, and to return samples of the asteroid to Earth for laboratories analysis. C-type asteroid Ryugu belongs to the most common variety of near-Earth asteroids. The aim of the Hayabusa2 mission is to learn more about the origin and evolution of the Solar System.

The MASCOT lander (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout) – developed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and built in close cooperation with the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) – is currenly on board the Hayabusa2 spacecraft. At the beginning of October 2018 (3 October, tbc), it will touch down on the asteroid Ryugu. For about 16 hours, the four instruments (camera, radiometer, magnetometer, spectrometer) will be operated on the asteroid’s surface. In addition, MASCOT is able to ‘hop’ around on the surface and take measurements in several places. This will be the first time that a lander was especially built to operate on an asteroid and the first time that data will be collected at more than one site on an asteroid’s surface.

The MINERVA “hoppers”, MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B will land at several locations on the surface of Ryugu to study these locations with cameras and thermometers. The two tiny MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B robots were successfully deployed on September 21. They won’t move on the asteroid’s surface in the traditional sense; similar to MASCOT, the duo will ‘hop’ from place to place on Ryugu.”



Bernard Foing (invited)

Director ILEWG, Prof VU Amsterdam, ITACCUS Vice Chair,

European Space Agency (ESA),

The Netherlands






Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),




Full Bio

Pascale Ehrenfreund is the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The German Aerospace Center is among the largest centers for aerospace in Europe with more than 8200 employees at 40 institutes and 20 locations in Germany. Since two decades she contributed as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and Teamleader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International Space Station. Her research experience and interest range from biology to astrophysics. Pascale Ehrenfreund is also Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute/George Washington University in Washington DC. From 2013-2015 she was President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master degree in Molecular Biology, a PhD in Astrophysics, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership. The asteroid “9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3” bears her name.


Jean-Yves Le Gall


International Astronautical Federation,


Full Bio

In April 2013, the French government appointed Jean-Yves Le Gall as President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency. In this capacity, he is also interministerial coordinator for satellite navigation programmes.

CNES is responsible for proposing and implementing space policy in France. It is therefore involved in all aspects of space (Ariane, sciences, observation, telecommunications and defence) through its four centres of excellence in Paris, Toulouse and French Guiana, with 2,450 employees and a budget of €2,127m (2014). CNES also represents France on the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and at many other international organizations. It is the core shareholder in various commercial enterprises, including Arianespace.

Jean-Yves Le Gall has devoted his entire career to the European space programme, holding positions within the French national scientific research agency CNRS, several French ministries, Novespace, Starsem and a first stint with CNES. He joined Arianespace in 2001, heading up the company until his appointment as President of CNES.

A trained engineer and scientist, Jean-Yves Le Gall is Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Vice-President of the “Space Circle” in French think-tank CEPS (Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique). He also chairs the France-Japan business council of MEDEF International, the international arm of the French business confederation.

Jean-Yves Le Gall received the Astronautics Prize from the French Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF) in 2001. He was named Via Satellite magazine’s 2005 Satellite Executive of the Year, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC). In 2011, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SPPI), and has also received the Icarus Prize from the French association of professional aerospace journalists (AJPAE). In 2014 he received a Laureate Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine in the Space category.

Jean-Yves Le Gall holds the rank of Officer in both the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit in France, and was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation.


Masaki Fujimoto

Professor of Space Plasma Physics,

Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),




Full Bio

Masaki Fujimoto obtained a PhD from University of Tokyo in 1992. He has been working on numerical simulation studies of fundamentally important processes in space plasmas such as magnetic reconnection, shocks in collisionless plasma and plasma mixing via vortices. At the same time, he has been working on analysis of data obtained by spacecraft making in-situ plasma observations such as Geotail, Cluster-II, THEMIS, Cassini and MMS. Around 2005, he started to work on the problem of planetesimal formation, that is, how to form initial building blocks of planets in proto-planetary disks, by applying a numerical scheme used in plasma physics research. After his move to ISAS, he helped coordinating an international collaboration in the analysis of samples returned by Hayabusa. Since then, coupled with his research interest in the origin of the solar and other planetary systems, Masaki Fujimoto’s involvement into the small body exploration program of ISAS has been deepening until today. He also plays roles in BepiColombo and JUICE, because both the ESA-led large-scale planetary missions have JAXA participations.