According to figures provided by the event’s organisers, the biennial Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport is the world’s largest aviation and space industry event. In 2019, the 53rd show will take place from 17 to 23 June. The first four days of the show are reserved for trade visitors, and the final three days are open to the general public. In 2017, almost 2400 exhibitors presented more than 400 new products at Le Bourget. A total of 322,000 visitors registered, including 142,000 trade visitors and 290 official delegations from 48 countries. In addition to services and products for civil and military aviation, the ‘spacecraft, satellites and telecommunications’ sector is also strongly represented in Paris.
Photo © SIAE 2017 – Anthony Guerra & Alex Marc
As part of the German joint participation, 36 exhibitors will be gathering under the umbrella of the German Aerospace Industries Association(BDLI) in Hall 2C. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will be present with approximately 100 square metres of exhibition space (stand C357). The elements of DLR’s aeronautics research on show will include the concept for a regional aircraft with distributed electric propulsion, a VR-based helicopter simulator and an integrated system for testing technologies for autonomous flight. A reusable launcher stage that can take off and land vertically and contributions to the instrument payload on board BepiColombo, the European Mercury mission, represent DLR’s work in space exploration at Le Bourget. Projects funded by the DLR Space Administration in the fields of crewed spaceflight, exploration and remote sensing will also be displayed on the stand.
DLR will also be showcasing its airborne laboratory for environmental and climate research – a Dassault Falcon 20E with the registration D-CMET – in the outdoor exhibition area.
In the French Space Agency’s (CNES) pavilion, DLR will present Franco-German collaborative projects, including those from the fields of climate monitoring and exploration.