21. October 2019
70th International Astronautical Congress

IAC 2019 – Focus on international cooperation and future technologies for spaceflight

International Astronautical Congress 2019
International Astronautical Congress 2019
Image 1/7, Credit: International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

International Astronautical Congress 2019

On 21 October 2019, the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is opening its doors in Washington D.C., with the slogan ‘Space: The Power of the Past, the Promise of the Future’.

Photomontage of CIMON on the ISS
Photomontage of CIMON on the ISS
Image 2/7, Credit: DLR/T. Bourry/ESA.

Photomontage of CIMON on the ISS

Photomontage of CIMON floating in the Columbus Public Relations Module at ESA European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne-Porz (30 January 2018). Equipped with artificial Intelligence, the autonomous astronaut assistant interacted with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst during the horizons mission.

Spiegelmodule von eROSITA
eROSITA mirror modules
Image 3/7, Credit: MPE

eROSITA mirror modules

The seven parallel identical mirror modules of the eROSITA space telescope collect high-energy photons and transmit them to X-ray cameras. The instrument is to discover around 100,000 new galaxy clusters during its mission.

EDRS-C antenna test at Airbus in Ottobrunn
EDRS-C antenna test at Airbus in Ottobrunn
Image 4/7, Credit: ESA/S. Corvaja

EDRS-C antenna test at Airbus in Ottobrunn

Airbus is the industrial prime contractor for the European Data Relay System (EDRS). In April, 2019, before being shipped, the satellite was put through its paces at Airbus' antenna test centre in Ottobrunn. OHB System AG in Bremen developed and built the EDRS-C satellite.

Eu:CROPIS - Greenhouses in Earth orbit
Eu:CROPIS - Greenhouses in Earth orbit
Image 5/7, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Eu:CROPIS - Greenhouses in Earth orbit

The Eu:CROPIS satellite brought two small greenhouses in a pressure container into weightlessness.

Michael Hawes, Prof. Hansjörg Dittus, Avi Blasberger, Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Mark Kirasich und Dr. Hubert Reile
Meeting of MARE partners at IAC 2018
Image 6/7, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Meeting of MARE partners at IAC 2018

From left to right: Michael Hawes, Orion Programme Manager at Lockheed Martin, Hansjörg Dittus, DLR Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology, Director General of Israeli Space Agency Avi Blasberger, Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board, Mark Kirasich, Manager of the Orion Programme at NASA, and Hubert Reile, DLR Programme Director Space Research and Technology.

First images of the hyperspectral instrument DESIS
First images of the hyperspectral instrument DESIS
Image 7/7, Credit: DLR.

First images of the hyperspectral instrument DESIS

The surroundings of Huntsville/Alabama in an optical representation (left) and a processed representation showing the vegetation density (right).

Focus: Space, exploration

On 21 October 2019, the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is opening its doors in Washington D.C., with the slogan 'Space: The Power of the Past, the Promise of the Future'. While celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, more than 4000 visitors will gather at 150 exhibitor stands, and will participate in and attend approximately 200 plenary discussions and technical and scientific presentations to find out about current developments in spaceflight. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has always been present at the accompanying exhibition, and this year is no different. DLR and the City of Bremen – the 'City of Space' – will be presenting eight current and future projects, as well as the goals of German spaceflight on a stand with an area of around 150 square metres.

"Since the launch of the first satellite in 1957, spaceflight has contributed to exploring the unknown, expanding boundaries and broadening horizons, as well as addressing challenges here on Earth," says Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board and incoming President of the IAF. "In its nearly 70 years of existence, the IAF has established itself an important international platform for those working in the field of space exploration and research. Here, all the major players in the space field can combine and coordinate their activities to further develop a dynamic space sector."

The IAC is dedicated to the future exploration of space, innovative technologies, the benefits of space research for society, international collaboration, space legislation and inspiring young people, as well as joint projects and missions. Discussions aimed at contributing to the continuation of global collaboration in space will be taking place during IAC. The most prominent example of this is the work conducted on the International Space Station, which has been in operation since 2000. Its success highlights the important role that the field of spaceflight plays in our lives and is an example of collaboration across all borders. Close international cooperation is continuously being strengthened by the increasing number of nations and partnerships, as well as by commercial and private companies becoming more involved in the space sector.

German space projects at IAC 2019

DLR will be presenting numerous topics and exhibits at the IAC. The astronaut assistance system CIMON  and the X-ray telescope eROSITA for Dark Energy research from Germany's current space programme, for which the DLR Space Administration is responsible, will be showcased. Other projects include GESTRA  – a new radar system for the detection of space debris – and SMART LCT, a cutting-edge laser communications terminal 'made in Germany', which is capable of transmitting data from one satellite to another at extremely high speeds. It is already in use in the European Data Relay System – Europe's 'space data highway'.

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Credit: DLR

In addition to the Eu:CROPIS satellite mission and MARE, an experiment to measure radiation exposure to the human body beyond the ISS orbit, DLR's Space Research and Technology division is presenting DESIS –  a new type of hyperspectral sensor. The Orbital Hub concept – a concept for an orbital platform in low Earth orbit – will also be showcased.

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

Founded in 1951, the International Astronautical Federation is the world's leading space advocacy body with 366 members in 68 countries, including all leading space agencies, companies, research institutions, universities, societies, associations, institutes and museums worldwide. IAF's annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is firmly established as the world’s premier global space event.

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  • Andreas Schütz
    DLR Spokesperson, Head of Media Relations
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
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