The federal State of Bremen ist among the best in the world for aerospace and space industries. The aeronautics and space industries in the State of Bremen consist of more than 140 companies and 20 research institutes and universities with approximately 12,000 employees and an annual turnover of more than 4 billion euros. Mayor contributors to this innovation cluster are leading enterprises in the sector with R&D and production activities such as the Airbus, ArianeGroup, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, OHB and their supplier companies.
As part of the Bremen Innovation Cluster Strategy, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Ports commissioned AVIASPACE BREMEN e. V. to implement specifically the Space Industries and Aeronautics Strategy of the State of Bremen. The goal is to strengthen the space industries and aeronautics sectors through cross clustering with other sectors such as the automotive industry, wind energy and shipbuilding.
The key areas are network formation, technology transfer, and economic growth through fostering young entrepreneurs and start-ups. This includes both technical and organizational networking between final producers, suppliers and/or service providers and scientific institutions in the fields of material development, high-lift systems, construction, manufacturing technology, earth observation and robotics.
ESA’s Education team is thrilled to finally announce the location and organiser of the 2017 European CanSat launch campaign: the competition will be hosted by the Centre of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) helped by local partners, at the University of Bremen, Germany.
The multi-million-mile journey of the Ariane 5 rocket begins in Bremen, while that of Spacelab came to an end here in 1999, after 15 years of service with 22 missions to outer space. Ariane Group in Bremen is the ideal place to experience the history of space travel.
A great deal of manual labour goes into aircraft construction. Despite this – or perhaps even because of it – Airbus is changing its approach to make increased use of digital technologies. It’s also researching the applications of new manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing. And not a moment too soon, as Airbus’ site manager in Bremen, Dr André Walter, explains in our interview.
Bionics is the application of forms and functions found in nature to technology. Marine biologist Dr Christian Hamm and his team of researchers in Bremerhaven are leading figures in this field thanks to ELiSE. They are particularly interested in the tiny, yet incredibly complex, diatoms – nature’s experts in lightweight construction.