Conference and awards ceremony set for 4 May 2016 in Berlin

The aerospace industry currently finds itself in a transitional phase.

Advancing digitalisation, complex and integrated production processes,and new players around the world with an affinity for commercialising new business ideas are presenting established aerospace manufacturers with major challenges – particularly in the field of satellite technology.
Meanwhile, the developments under way in the New Space Economy also have the potential to revolutionise technologies and processes along the value chain, as well as in connection with subsystems and components.

On 4 May 2016, the INNOspace Masters conference will shed light on the New Space Economy and other trends in the aerospace industry under the theme “Satellite 4.0”. The topics discussed will include the increasing level of commercialisation and new paths to global competitiveness and innovative ability.

On behalf of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Space Administration, we’d like to invite you to this special event at the Humboldt Carré in Berlin.

Dr Gerd Gruppe, Member of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and Dr Wolfgang Scheremet, Director General for Industrial Policy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), are scheduled to open the conference. Further speakers will include Franco Ongaro, director of technical and quality management at the European Space Agency (ESA); Richard Rocket, CEO of NewSpace Global; Evert Dudok, Executive Vice President Communications, Intelligence & Security at Airbus Defence & Space; and Dr Fritz Merkle, executive board member at OHB SE. In addition, two afternoon podium discussions will delve into the role of startups and SMEs, technological innovations along the satellite value chain, and the transfer of technologies among various industries.

Starting at 3:45 p.m., the event will then culminate in the awards ceremony of the very first INNOspace Masters innovation competition, which will be opened by Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy. Nine finalists in three categories will hold brief presentations of their competition entries before the winners are announced.

To round out the day, those in attendance will then be invited to a reception and get-together.

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