Brief summary: DLR Chairman Johann-Dietrich Wörner opening remarks 2 May 2012

Editor’s note: These brief extracts are paraphrased from live webcast and may not be fully correct.

Download the presentation slides in PDF: Welcome Address

Watch the replay:

  • Why are we doing this? The global challenges that we face offer many reasons. But the ISS supplies a definite curiosity. Space can give answers to some questions we have.
  • Global space cooperation started in Germany with the film Orion, predicting the international character of space travel.
  • We will use ISS until 2020 and beyond. Target maximum scientific exploitation. We will make 5 ATVs and possibly more, but in what form?
  • Creation of a Multi Purpose Concept Versatile Service Module, i.e. a versatile module. A module that can be used for several different purposes.
  • Legitimation pressure. Don’t we have enough problems on Earth? Together we can show that the ISS is showing a large variety of value for the public.
  • Invention to innovation, direct — like sending a man to the moon. Or the ‘Teflon-pan effect’, although not a benefit from space research, everyone understands what is meant. When conducting fundamental research we need to think of the Teflon effect. Think in advance of potential benefits of research.
  • Example: AMS-02 started from curiosity. When Einstein though of relativity, nobody thought of satellite navigation; however without it satellite positioning would not be possible. Who knows what AMS-02 will bring?

About Daniel

Daniel Scuka is Senior Editor for Spacecraft Operations at ESOC, ESA's European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany.
This entry was posted in Downloads, Speakers, Symposium programme, Video and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.