Every two years, the clocks in the space business tic a bit different and everyone looks towards the ILA in Berlin. We have survived the first day almost unscathed and can justifiably say - without having seen many other exhibition stands - that our exhibition area is a real eye-catcher at the fair in Berlin Schönefeld, not only because of our 2,5 meter-diameter-rotating globe.
In addition to mixed April weather and severe weather warnings with bright sunshine, gale-force gusts, drizzle and showers, the ILA 2018 on its first day also provided good news. In addition to Chancellor Angela Merkel, who passed with her delegation by our booth and Peter Altmaier, who grazed our exhibits in the ILA Space Pavilion, many important conversations took place, important contacts were made and prospective ties were closed.
Under the patronage of Britta Schade (Senior Head of Department at DLR for Quality and Product Assurance), DLR's 5th Conference on EEE Parts took place in Jena on 4th and 5th April 2017. With about 100 registered participants, the event was well booked and enjoyed its growing interest every year. Employees from our Parts Agency and the EEE Center attended the conference.
On March 26th, 2017, it was time to head for Bonn - with our packed truck on its way to the former federal capital. On the same evening, our Laser Communication Terminal already took its place at the DLR booth at the Maritim Hotel.
On 16th and 17th March 2017, the G20 conference "Digitizing Manufacturing - Initiatives, Best Practices and Policy Approaches" took place in Berlin. The conference at the Berlin Congress Center at Alexanderplatz was characterized by numerous lectures and panel discussions. The organizer of the event was the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.
Perfect weather conditions introduced the third day at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2016, which was also the first visitor day of the exhibition.
Today at our booth we had two young delegations, one from DeSK (German Center for Satellite Communication) and one from Thales. Also our own trainees came to visit us and took the long way from Backnang.
After the first successful day, the second came to follow. You may say that some sort of routine came up and everything seemed to be a bit easier.
Since Sigmar Gabriel officially opened the exhibition yesterday, Alexander Dobrindt came today to visit Europes largest fair for aerospace industries. Beneath that we had a very interested and way more interesting delegation at our both: the Juris. These are from a iniative from the BDLI, which has the aim to interest young boys and girls in technics and aerospace.
Without wanting to praise ourselves, you have to ungrudgingly acknowledge that our booth belongs to the most beautiful ones here at the ILA. After two busy construction days full of sweat and frayed nerves our booth shone today for the opening in all its glory!