What is the difference between aerospace and aviation

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The resulting innovations have given computer construction a major boost and are also used in many other branches of industry. Mobile radio systems, navigation systems in cars, live broadcasts of major sporting and political events, video conferences with people in distant countries or global environmental and climate research would not be possible without the pioneering achievements of this industry. Aviation not only connects continents, but also became the first transport industry to commit to sustainability at the beginning of this millennium and defined specific climate protection goals (ACARE 2020). Space travel provides new knowledge about the earth and space, opens up new technology applications, enables new types of services, promotes international cooperation and improves the possibilities of disarmament and peace policy beyond Europe. The aerospace industry in Germany is therefore of enormous strategic importance - although it is a comparatively small industrial sector. This applies to all areas of this future industry.


The aviation industry follows the trend in many branches of industry towards an increasing international division of labor and ever shorter innovation cycles with simultaneously increasing demands on economic efficiency and environmental compatibility. In order to sustainably support the technological competitiveness of the aviation industry in Germany, the BMWi is promoting this sector through an independent aviation research program and the aircraft equipment program.

Civil aviation

Airbus is a key driver for the German and European aviation industry. In close cooperation between industry and politics and together with European partners, the European aircraft manufacturer has established itself permanently on a par with Boeing. In the past few years, Airbus has received orders and deliveries that will ensure capacity utilization for the next 7 to 8 years.

Strengthening the equipment and supply industry in Germany is the declared goal of the federal government in order to contribute to international success and an environmentally friendly, safe, efficient and passenger-friendly aviation system.

Space travel

In contrast to the aviation sector, in which the commercial market is strong, international space travel is largely determined by state space travel strategies and the budget available. The German government's space policy and its contribution to European structures are therefore of central importance for German space travel. In the High-Tech Strategy 2020, the Federal Government has given space travel a special place: Space is an important key technology there. Because space technologies are important instruments of the modern information and industrial society.

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