Participants at the Global Networking Forum (GNF), held during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2017 in Adelaide, Australia, discussed the strategic objectives of the aerospace sector for the coming decades.
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), the Japanese space agency, JAXA, and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan (AIST) signed two cooperation agreements on 21 September 2017 in Tokyo.
On 20 September 2017, the Japanese Space Agency JAXA and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) signed a joint declaration for the continuation of their project-related cooperation.
People from Japan and Germany are frequently said to possess very similar character traits: dedication, discipline, thoroughness, reliability, conscientiousness and technology-driven. These attributes are important prerequisites for success in the space sector.
For years now, scientists from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have conducted research at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA) in the south of Spain, which is operated by partner organisation CIEMAT (Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology).
Led by Vice Chair S. Shimomura, a delegation from the Japan Business Federation Keidanren – equivalent to the Federation of German Industries – visited the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Space Administration and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Bonn. The discussions centred on increasing support for collaboration between German and Japanese aerospace companies.
From 3 to 6 April 2017, delegates from industry, science and government from all over the world gathered at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs to discuss current and future developments in global aerospace.
Electric aircraft and efficient air traffic management are current areas of global research into quiet and low-emission aviation. Moreover, the future may even see a renaissance of ultrasonic passenger aircraft, depending on to which extent sophisticated aircraft shaping can reduce the sonic boom without surrendering aerodynamic properties.
Since September 2016, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and Canadian University of British Columbia (UBC) have been successfully collaborating as part of the DLR@UBC initiative. This partnership is set to strengthen over the next few months. The Chair of the DLR Executive Board Pascale Ehrenfreund and President of UBC Santa Ono agreed on this during a meeting in Vancouver on 31 March 2017.
In Germany and Japan, governments have set ambitious goals for transforming the energy system and supporting environmental protection. Renewable energies are increasingly being developed and efficiency measures strengthened. In both countries, energy research is playing a major role.