GNF: Global Exploration at a Cross Road: the Role of Europe

Day: Thursday 17 June 2021
Time: 11:40-12:10 MSK

As history has shown, exploration transforms and adds value to society by providing:

  • New knowledge acquired in new locales (science, technological progress);
  • A different perspective on our origins as a species (“pale blue dot” effect);
  • Fresh context for our societal value.

All this allows us to imagine the next reality, our next paradigm – something previously thought impossible.

Revamped political ambitions, the availability of more modern technologies, the access to more capital – both private and public – all contribute to setting humanity’s sails on the most ambitious and global exploration initiative ever undertaken. Here, Europe and Europeans, a population of explorers, claim their role as a key international partner for the progress of humankind.

Airbus is pleased to organise a fireside chat with distinguished European guests to elaborate on European ambitions and capabilities in a global context.

This session is organized by

Moderator

Pierre-Alexis JOUMEL

Director International & New Business, Space Systems, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

Germany

Speakers Connected Remotely

Jean BLOUVAC

Programme manager for Human Spaceflight and Exploration activities, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

France

Silvio SANDRONE

Vice President New Programmes, Space Exploration, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

Germany

Volker SCHMID

Mission Leader Cosmic Kiss, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

Germany

Stefaan DE MEY

Senior Strategy Officer for Human and Robotic Exploration, European Space Agency (ESA)

Netherlands