Space Technology Landing At Hanover Messe Trade Fair
Propelling the Ariane 5 rocket into space, the Vulcain engine truly reflects Europe’s impressive aerospace achievements. The giant engine will flag ‘ESA Space Apps’ at this year’s Hannover Messe trade fair showcasing impressive space technology spin-offs and their terrestrial potential.
Organized by ESA’s Technology Transfer Program Office and German MST Aerospace, the ESA Space Apps stand will illustrate how striking product developments and innovative advances are possible in a variety of fields through the transfer of ready available space technologies.
On the opening day – 23 April – the winner of this year’s ESA Space Spin-off Award will be announced. It goes to individuals or an organization that have carried out a space technology transfer of extraordinary success with significant economic impact and remarkable results in a non-space sector.
ESA Space Apps visitors can discuss with MST and ESA representatives how space technologies can be employed in their fields.
Spin-offs on display by companies
ESA’s Technology Transfer Program Office has invited several industrial partners to present their products and services, all based on space spin-offs.
From the Cassini-Huygens Saturn mission, Astro- and Feinwerktechnik Adlershof derived a technology for seismic soft-ground probing to predict geological changes in front of the rotary shear blades of underground drilling machines. This is now used by the machine manufacturer Herrenknecht.
Thermal silicon-carbide protection shield technologies developed by IABG for the Hermes spaceplane were adapted for high-performance carbon ceramic brake discs by Brembo SGL Carbon Ceramic Brakes.
Based on spacecraft equipment, Tecnalia Research and Innovation is developing a telecare fall-detector device and an intelligent assistance system for mountaineers and search and rescue teams.
The space expertise of PiMON has lead to the development of novel fiber optics-based sensor monitoring systems for oil and gas pipelines. Vibration and other changes along the lines – such as leaks or illegal tapping – are immediately detected and reported to service personnel.
Special ball-bearing cages developed for space missions like the BepiColombo Mercury probe are now offered by AAC for terrestrial applications.
Fire Suppression Inside is spinning off a technology from ESA’s Proba-2 satellite to suppress overheating and fire in electrical equipment like servers, switches, power distribution units and backup generators.
‘mobile life‘ is developing GPS/Galileo-based high accuracy positioning monitoring systems with wireless telemetric sensors for easy location and monitoring of people, animals and freight.
“Europe’s space programs are important economic drivers, also when leading-edge space technology is transferred to non-space systems and sectors,” explains Werner Dupont of MST Aerospace.
MST is co-organizer of the ESA Space Apps stand and the manager of ESA’s Technology Transfer Broker Network.
“Space technologies enable in many cases everyday products in sectors like automotive, health and household without users and consumers being aware of it.”
At the Hannover Messe, ESA Space Apps is located at stand D56 in hall 2, 23–27 April.
ESA is also present with its ESA Career Info stand at Hall 6, J24/40.
Image Caption: The Vulcain engine of the Ariane 5 launcher during a test run at the German Space Agency DLR Credits: DLR
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