“Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10.” – Neil Armstrong
Having walked on the moon Mr Armstrong knows what he is talking about. His famous quote could also be applied to last week’s Space Tech Expo, but in a positive way!
During the three day event which EBV joined together with STMicroelectronics we engaged in conversations around modern developments and trends like CubeSats and built promising relationships set to result in the overwhelming advancements we might see over the next 10 years.
The bi-annual event was a success for all visitors but now let’s jump right in and let’s take look at the highlights and happenings.
The venue itself was already a reason to join as Bremen in Germany is the “City of Space” and home to leading companies in the field including OHB and Airbus Defence & Space. More than 200 exhibiting companies showcased the latest technologies within the space manufacturing supply chain, including components, systems, subsystems, testing and products and solutions on display across upwards of 6,000m2 of exhibit floor space.
The show which featured an integrated two-track Industry and Technology Forum providing insights and lively discussion on the challenges, opportunities, business models and technologies driving the European space market underlined the trend of private space missions and personal astronautics.
One highly remarkable project showcased at the event was the Mission to Moon of the German Part Time Scientists (PTS) Team, which is pursued within the Google Lunar XPRIZE Challenge. The $30 million competition to land a privately funded rover on the moon, drive it for at least 500m and send back HD pictures to the earth is supported by Audi.
The PTS/Audi mars rover
With the help of the German carmaker PTS aims to create a fully functional space rover. Along with it the company offers individuals and businesses the chance to take objects with them to the lunar surface. These can consist out of pictures, DNA-samples or other small things. Priced around €800.000 per kilo it is more likely that companies will use the feature for advertising purposes. Will space marketing be the next big thing? Who knows…
Another highlight was showcased by DLR in form of a sophisticated connected airplane. The demonstration explained how harmful vibrations of aerospace vehicles can be eliminated through real-time condition monitoring. Aeroelasticity is an engineering discipline that studies the interactions between the inertial, elastic and aerodynamic forces occurring when an elastic body is vibrating in a flow field. The findings of this research lay the basis for the demo which is equipped with 30 acceleration sensors which deliver data for the special designed analysis software from the DLR Institute of Aeroelastic. Based on this analysis it is then possible to forecast the violation of critical limits and take action to avoid negative impacts.
Demo from DLR with more than 30 sensors to minimise vibrations
Last but definitely not least our booth was worth a visit. Besides our great team we offered deep insights in the current state of semiconductor technology suitable for aerospace and other high-rel applications. Visitors found themselves in good hands with the expertise of EBV and the wide space product range from ST, reaching from diodes and transistors over A/D converters and voltage regulators, to ST’s traditional logic circuits range.
The EBV/ST team waiting for the visitors shortly before the opening
A major trend which we could identify is the demand for solutions related to CubeSats and other commercial and personal space technology. For support with challenges, technology or questions regarding your applications feel free to contact us here or to click here to view our dedicated High-Rel microsite.
See you 2017 at the Space Tech Europe!