From 28 September to 13 October, the European Space Agency (ESA) makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show (Porte de Versailles, Hall 2/2, stand 515). Its presence might seem surprising but on closer analysis is fully justified; over 40 years of breakthroughs and advances have left the space sector ready to play a full role in the car industry.
The space sector now represents all that is truly successful and innovative in technological research. Launching rockets, manoeuvring satellites and sending people into space calls for technologies that are highly relevant to the car manufacturing industry. These technologies can be used for producing vehicles that are more efficient, more economical, safer, more environmentally friendly and smarter too.
Performance and safety
Journeying through it to study the planets, Sun and stars calls for very tough but also light, reliable materials.
Such materials are now contributing to car safety and efficiency. An example is the airbag, which is based on a technology developed for space.
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What has been done in space can also be achieved on Earth.
This car of the future, which will be more efficient and economical, more in tune with the environment and more intelligent, is no longer a product of science fiction but a reality stemming from space exploration.
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ESA/EC To Boost Space-Related Entrepreneurs
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2002
European entrepreneurs using space technology and systems now have a better chance of starting up in business thanks to the European Space Incubators Network (ESINET), launched this summer by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission (EC).
Euro GPS System Gets A Road Test
Turin - Nov. 6, 2000
A Fiat car is putting a European satellite navigation system through its paces in Turin, Italy this week. EGNOS, which is being developed by a collaboration led by the European Space Agency, will be monitoring the car's position on a map with an accuracy of close to one metre.
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