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-NC-ND 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-NC-ND 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'.

Animation: Fast data transfer - Laser communication for Europe’s space data highway
The European Data Relay Satellite System (EDRS) is the first commercial application of optical satellite communications in space. If this data highway in space is completely extended, the system will contain four optical communication satellites in 36,000 kilometers above our Earth. So called Laser...
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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