MUNICH At the start of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit; an international space travel conference, Bavaria's Minister for Economic Affairs and Technology, Ilse Aigner, has praised the Bavarian aerospace sector for its innovative strength and pioneering spirit. “The Bavarian aerospace industry is all but unrivalled in representing innovative strength, pioneering spirit and vital findings.” The minister considers Bavaria the ideal location for the aerospace sector. “The 60,000 people working for around 550 different companies in the sector are proof of this.” The international space travel conference 'Munich Satellite Navigation Summit' is being held for the eleventh time. At this year's three-day conference at Munich's Residenz, representatives of the aerospace community will discuss developments and prospects for satellite navigation.
Aigner: “Satellite navigation is increasingly significant for Europe in terms of both business and security policy. That is why we are strongly committed to this field of space travel.” Thanks to the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Bavaria is home to a wide range of research expertise in the field of satellite navigation, she added. By supporting the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has made a vital contribution to expanding Bavaria as a successful aerospace location, Aigner continued. The Galileo Test Centre GATE in Berchtesgaden is another key element in the development of Galileo in Bavaria, she said.
This year's summit will focus particularly on the future of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), as well as discussing the Galileo, GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation systems. The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs has provided over EUR 330 million in funding for research and development projects in aerospace since 2000.