The ILA 2022 is history – and like the trade show organizers themselves, DLR GfR also draws an extremely positive balance
According to official figures, the first International Aerospace Exhibition in Berlin Schönefeld since 2018 attracted 550 exhibitors from 29 countries and 72,000 visitors. Although this was fewer than at the last ILA (the 2020 ILA had been cancelled due to the Corona pandemic), the quality of the total of 360 specialist presentations and, above all, the countless direct discussions made up for this. This could also be experienced at the DLR GfR booth.
On the first day of the ILA, GfR Managing Director Walter Päffgen welcomed very interested guests from the world of politics: Dr. Sabine Jarothe from the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy and Christoph Schmid, member of the Bundestag and SPD defense expert, visited the GfR stand and learned about the Galileo satellite navigation system, Europe’s largest space program. With CSU-MdB Michael Kießling from the electoral district Starnberg-Landsberg, the local member of the Bundestag also visited “his” GfR.
Another highlight was a valuable discussion with the corporation DLR: Prof. Dr. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chairwoman of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), took time for an intensive exchange at the GfR stand despite her busy ILA schedule. In general, all exhibitors and visitors at the ILA noticed how valuable it is to finally be able to meet each other in person again.
This was especially noticeable when the Italian friends and partners of Telespazio Spa visited the GfR booth. CEO Luigi Pasquali and Giuseppe Lenzo, Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales, were there. DLR GfR Managing Directors Walter Päffgen and Dr. Rolf Kozlowski also welcomed Angelica Falchi, Vice President Communications, and Stefano Ratti, Senior Vice President and Head of Equity Investments and Joint Ventures of Leonardo Finmeccanica S.P.A.. As shareholders of the joint venture spaceopal GmbH, DLR GfR and Telespazio have maintained a strong and trusting partnership in the Galileo project for many years.
Spaceopal is the prime contractor for Galileo’s operational services and the world’s largest operator of satellite navigation services. “Pioneering Areospace” – that was the motto of this year’s ILA. At the DLR GfR stand, where Galileo, Europe’s largest space program, was the center of attention, this pioneering spirit was once again palpable.