European Space Expo Heads to Milan

Updated: Aug 12, 2016

14 September 2015

Europe’s travelling space show sets up at EXPO 2015 to show how space technology improves everyday life.

Milan is set to host the European Space Expo from September 18 through October 4, in conjunction with the ongoing World EXPO 2015. The traveling exhibition aims to illustrate how space and space activities have a direct impact on the daily lives of European citizens.

EXPO 2015 revolves around the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” – a topic at the forefront of GSA applications. Today, more than 30,000 applications are based on space technologies. These apps include everything from maps to protecting the environment, optimizing agriculture, and more. GSA aims to create sustainable, resource-efficient solutions from space applications, particularly in the areas of energy and agriculture, where they will have a large impact on European’s daily lives.

First-hand Demonstrations

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, visitors will be able to watch concrete examples of space technologies such as Galileo and EGNOS: entertaining, interactive displays and hands-on project demos, as well as presentations, illustrate the contributions that space technologies make to “feeding the planet” and providing “energy for life”.

For example, the E-Track project, reveals the behaviour of wildlife and farm animals in order to assist in conservation work in natural parks and monitoring on farms.

G-Motit is using EGNOS and Galileo to improve mobility in urban environments and is showcasing its E-GNSS based electric scooter sharing service to Milan.

The MISTRALE unmanned areal vehicle (UAV) hanging inside the dome explains how to monitor the soil moisture by using the satellite signal.  And visitors can learn about mapping areas with difficult access at the mapKITE demo. At the CNH/VanHolland demo, a playful demonstration with toy-tractors illustrate how high-tech tractors use EGNOs and Galileo to optimize agriculture outputs. 

The Details

The European Space Expo, organized by the European Space DG Growth, the European GNSS Agency, and the European Space Agency, will be held at the Indro Montanelli Public Gardens. The show comes to Milan in partnership with the City of Milan, EXPO 2015, the Italian Space Agency, the Italian Air Force and Thales Alenia Space.

A ceremony will be held on September 18 at 10:30 AM to mark the opening of the exhibit, and organizers are excited to announce the attendance of ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

The exhibit provides information in several  languages, with a focus on EU flagship programs Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus. Through these programs, European citizens benefit from numerous services and applications, not only enhancing daily life, but also creating opportunities on world markets and contributing to job creation and economic growth. 


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