SCIENCE – THE FUNDAMENT AND PROMOTER OF SPACE ACTIVITIES

Wednesday 28 September 10:30 – 12:00
Guadalajara hall 8

Ever since the beginning of space activities be it ground-based or eventually space-based, it has been closely intertwined with scientific curiosity and technological progress. Science and space activities have mutually benefitted from each other, triggering a virtuous circle of progress ultimately enabling and serving today’s globalised societies and economies with many terrestrial applications unforeseen from the onset. Without space science there would be no applicable or commercial use of space. In this panel Dr Gerd Gruppe, Member of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), will explore with four panellists representing space-related projects at the cutting edge of science and technology, as well as with the audience, the current state of the science-space relationship and how it might evolve in the years to come. The debate will include questions such as…

  • Are scientific or technological progresses driving space activities?
  • Does science have the power to trigger technological developments?
  • How could countries benefit from space science for terrestrial uses?
  • How will scientific achievements change todays and future space activities?
  • Can we expect radically new applications from a scientific breakthrough?

Moderator

Gerd GRUPPE

Member of the Board, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

Germany

Speakers

Eric LALIBERTÉ

Director General for Space Utilization, Canadian Space Agency

Canada

Claus LÄMMERZAHL

Director Space Science, ZARM Fab GmbH

Germany

Frank FLECHTNER

Head of Global Geomonitoring and Gravity Field, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Germany

Walter NAUMANN

CEO, ICARUS Global Observation System GmbH

Germany

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