From 26 to 30 November 2015 the "PHILESPACE 2015” philatelic exhibition took place in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, France. The exhibition was devoted to the 50th anniversary of the orbiting of Astérix, the first French satellite. It was orbited by the “Diamant A” rocket from Hammaguir, Algeria on 26 November 1965.
The exhibition was jointly organized by Astrophil, club from Herakles, the solid rocket company, and "La Marianne", club from the local Airbus branch.
Evelyne Krummenacker (President of Astrophil), Luc Delmon (President of "La Marianne" and the Astrophilatelic Association of France), Marie Récalde, MP of the area, and Pierre Bétin, former Deputy Director of the launcher department.
Pierre Bétin, former deputy director of the launcher department, recalls the events surrounding the Diamant A project.
An attentive crowd listens to Pierre Bétin, former deputy director of the launcher department.
Michel Pedrero (left), President of the Jury, and Luc Delmon, Jury member, are discussing exhibits.
The Court of Honor showed a number of outstanding exhibits on European space flights.
The sales stand of "Astrophil" held a very large numbers of their covers on Ariane launches available for sale.
"And the prize goes to .....": Evelyne Krummenacker, President of "Astrophil", with the members of the Jury: Luc Delmon (President of "La Marianne"), Jean-Louis Lafon (former FIP Delegate and former President of the Astrophilatelic Association of France), and Michel Pedrero (Jury President, Federation), sharing last minute thoughts before starting the Palmarès.
Luc Delmon and Jean-Louis Lafon, current and former President of the Astrophilatelic Association of France, sharing a few thoughts, with prizes of honour in their hands.
Important guests: Michel Pedrero, Jury President, Umberto Cavallaro, President of AS.IT.AF (Italy), Jürgen Peter Esders, President of Weltraum-Philatelie (Germany), and Jean-Louis Lafon (former President of the Astrophilatelic Association of France)
Evelyne Krummenacker, President of Astrophil, and Jean-Louis Lafon, the delegate to the FIP Section for Astrophilately and former President of the Astrophilatelic Association of France.
Jury and exhibitors share a moment for a souvenir photo.
The photos and the text were received from Jürgen Peter Esders.