ESA Director General Jan Woerner meets the Press at IAC 2016


ESA Director General Jan Woerner will meet the media on Tuesday 27 September 2016 between 15:00
and 16:00 in room Desfilia, at Expo Guadalajara during the 67 th International Astronautical Congress.

Prof. Woerner will give an overview of the programs to be proposed for adoption to Ministers in charge of space at the upcoming ESA Council meeting at Ministerial level, scheduled to take place on 1 and 2 December in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Space has experienced four distinct eras. It all started with Space 1.0, the time of astronomy (and
astrology), followed by Space 2.0, the era of Vostok, Apollo and the space race; then came Space 3.0,
the era of the International Space Station (ISS) and international cooperation; today we are living
through Space 4.0, a period in which a whole new space dimension is taking shape: space more relaxed,
fascinating, all-embracing. We are seeing much more participation by society at large, an increased
number of spacefaring nations, the advent of commercialization resulting in new roles for industry and
space agencies alike. The interests served are no longer just public, but also private and, at the same
time, we are witnessing the emergence of space tourism.

ESA is ready to take on new challenges and fully embrace this new space era, seeing strategic challenges
as opportunities for European space activities and continuing to innovate, inform, inspire and interact.

Members of the press are invited to save the date, and register to ensure that they receive
accreditation. Please send confirmation of your registration to so that we can
ensure that you are properly accredited.

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