Space for growth at Farnborough airshow

ESA exhibition concept

6 July 2012
ESA is joining other space agencies and industry in a dedicated Space Zone at the major Farnborough international airshow in the UK for seven days from Monday, 9 July.
The Space Zone in Hall 3 brings together key players from international space agencies and industry in the aerospace, defence, space and security sectors to highlight the increasingly important role of space.

The detailed programme of events can be found in the link to the right.

This year, the ESA exhibition highlights the multiple facets of space: space for Earth, space for knowledge, space for competitiveness and growth.

At this time of unprecedented economic challenges, space has proven to be an engine of economic development, an anchor of stability and a counterbalance to negative trends.

Space-based services are more and more part of our daily life and represent a growing element of the economic and societal value of space.


Director General and UK minister, 2010

The ESA exhibition highlights how space pushes the frontiers of knowledge, supports a competitive Europe and creates technical innovation and new business.

From their special vantage points, satellites continuously monitor Earth and its natural processes, delivering critical information and detecting changes in our atmosphere, land, oceans and ice.

Particular emphasis is placed on new data from ESA’s CryoSat ice mission and Swarm, the next mission to be launched in the state-of-the-art series of Earth Explorers.

ESA’s observation satellites have given Europe a leading role in understanding our planet, weather and climate change, providing data and services to a vast community of users.


Space4Careers event, 2010

The exhibition features the new generation of Meteosat and MetOp weather and climate satellites. Visitors can see maps created from satellite information for disaster relief following natural catastrophes.

A special feature focuses on the first in the series of ESA’s Sentinel satellites, part of the EU’s Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security initiative, GMES.

Visitors to the stand can learn more about space-based services provided to aviation by the EGNOS navigation overlay service, operational since March 2011, and about the Galileo satnav constellation, with two satellites already in orbit and two more being launched later this year.

Visitors will also learn how ESA is supporting competitiveness of the satellite telecom industry with Hylas-1, ESA’s first public–private partnership, which has provided broadband services across Europe since 2011, and the upcoming launch of Alphasat, flying on Alphabus, the first European large platform for high-power telecoms satellites.


Rocketry challenge finalists

ESA also develops a wide range of telecom services and applications to provide space solutions in fields such as air traffic management and maritime surveillance efficiently and seamlessly over almost every region of our planet.

New ideas developed for space missions often hold great potential for terrestrial sectors too. ESA’s Business Incubation Centres work to inspire entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies.

Representatives from the ESA incubation centre in Harwell, near Oxford, will be present during trade days from Monday 9 July to Thursday 12 July.

The Space Zone will host a series of high-level events including a dedicated Space Day conference organised and hosted by the UK Space Agency on Tuesday 10 July.

Other events include a conference on careers, Wednesday 11 July, on growth in the space industry on Thursday 12 July and presentations for students on careers in the scientific and technical aerospace sector with ESA astronauts Paolo Nespoli and Tim Peake on Friday 13 July.


Call for Media: ESA at Farnborough International Airshow

Space Zone

22 June 2012
PR 17 2012 – ESA will be highlighting the key roles that space plays today in our rapidly changing world when the Space Zone – the very popular feature of the Farnborough international airshow opens its doors 9–15 July.
ESA, together with the UK Space Agency, the Italian space agency ASI, the Russian space agency Roscosmos and industry, will participate in a series of events in the Space Zone that bring together key players to address how space can contribute to competitiveness and growth at a time of unprecedented economic challenge.

Live video between Aquarius and Scotland
Tim Peake in Aquarius talks with UK space conference

An ESA exhibition will further demonstrate how space pushes the frontiers of knowledge, supports an innovative and competitive Europe, and creates technical innovation and new business.

The Space Zone is organised by ADS, the UK’s Aerospace, Defence and Security trade organisation.

There is a special Futures Day for students on Friday 13 July, and access for the general public on Saturday 14 July and Sunday 15 July.

Main events in the Space Zone

Tuesday 10 July, 11:00–12:30: Space Day Conference
The UK Space Agency hosts a conference of leaders from government, space agencies and the space industry focusing on the continued growth of the UK, European and international space sectors and the prospects for the ESA Council at Ministerial level, a critical moment of decision for European space, to be held later this year.

Speakers include David Willetts, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science; Francesco Profumo, Italian Minister of Education, Universities and Research and Chair of the ESA Council at Ministerial Level; Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General; Vladimir Popovkin, General Director of the Russian Federal Space Agency; Enrico Saggese, President of ASI; David Williams, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency; and Andy Green, Co-Chair of the UK’s Space Leadership Council and CEO of Logica.

Thursday 12 July, 10:30–12:40: The Space Growth Agenda: Meet it or Beat it!
In 2010, the UK space industry announced an ambitious strategy to create an industry worth £40 billion by 2030, and 100 000 new jobs in the process. Find out whether the space industry is delivering on its plan and how it is refining its strategy to meet the prevailing economic winds.

Speakers will include Lord Stephen Green, UK Minister for Trade and Industry; Catherine Mealing-Jones, UK Space Agency Director of Growth, Applications and EU Programmes; Magali Vaissière, ESA Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications; Volker Leibig, ESA Director of Earth Observation; Keith Robson, University of Surrey Director of Research and Enterprise Support; and Richard Peckham, Chair of UKspace and ADS Vice-President.

Friday 13 July: Futures Day
A day of activities across the airshow for young people from UK schools and universities to explore today’s innovation and discover how science, technology, engineering and mathematics can allow them to be on the leading edge of the future. Come and meet ESA astronaut Timothy Peake and learn firsthand what it takes to have the right stuff, whether in space or on Earth.

Media registration

Media interested in attending events in the Space Zone must be accredited to attend the airshow. Accreditation can be requested via the FIA website:

The deadline for applying is 29 June.

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 19 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 17 are Member States of the EU. ESA has Cooperation Agreements with nine other Member States of the EU and is negotiating an Agreement with the one remaining (Bulgaria). Poland is in the process of becoming ESA’s 20th Member State. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. Today it launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.