Saturday, June 28, 2008

Peruvian Participation in the International Space Station Symposium, Paris

I am very happy to have received the confirmation from the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) about my participation and registration for the International Space Station Symposium which will be held in Paris, UNESCO Headquarters, 9-10 July 2008.

International Astronautical Federation

Symposium on the International Space Station

First Session, Wednesday Afternoon, July 9, 14:30 - 19:00
UNESCO, 125 avenue de Suffren 75007 Paris

Welcome: Marcio Barbosa, Deputy Director General, UNESCO and James V. Zimmerman, President International Astronautical Federation

Keynote Presentation: "Celebrating the International Space Station", Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General European Space Agency

Panel Discussions:
- "How it Started": Discussion among negotiators of the first Space Station Memorandum of Understanding (1984-1988): Margaret Finarelli (NASA retired), William Evans (CSA, retired), Frederik Engström (ESA, retired)

- "Expanding the Partnership": Discussion among negotiators of the second ISS Memorandum of Understanding (1994-1998): Lynn Cline (NASA), Alexey Krasnov (Roscosmos), Giuseppe Giampalmo (ESA, retired), Yoshinori Yoshiruma (JAXA), Heinz Gindl (CSA)

Keynote Presentation: "The Amazing Technical Achievement", William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Space Operations, NASA

Panel Discussion: "Living and Working in Space": Discussion among International Space Station Expedition crew members: Jean-François Clervoy, Leopold Eyharts, Satoshi Furukawa, Michael Lopez-Alegria, Serguei Krikalev

Second Session, Thursday Morning, July 10, 08:30 - 12:00
UNESCO, 125 avenue de Suffren 75007 Paris

Panel Discussions:
- "Today’s View of the Partnership": Discussion among members of today's Space Station Multilateral Coordination Board: William Gerstenmaier (NASA), Benoit Marcotte (CSA), Simonetta Di Pippo (ESA), Yoshiyuki Hasegawa (JAXA), Alexey Krasnov (RSA)

- "Industry delivers on the International Challenge": Discussion among ISS industry leadres: Mike Parfitt (MDA), Mike Raftery (Boeing), Michael Menking (EADS), Luigi Quaglino (TAS), Nobuhiko Fukuda (MHI), Sergei Shaevich (Krunichev)

Featured Presentations:
- "Medical Challenges for Humans in Space": Ronald J. White, Universities Space Research Association, Board of Trustees, International Academia of Astronautics, USA

- "ISS as an Observing Science Platform": Martin Zell, Head Research Operations Department, Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration, ESA

- "The US ISS National Laboratory Initiative": Jeff Bingham, Senior Advisor on Space and Aeronautics, Republican Staff, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, United States Senate

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Estaciones de seguimiento de Satelites en el Hemisferio Sur

Ultimamente hemos empezado a ver la necesidad y la importancia de crear proyectos que puedan desarrollar y ofrecer la infraestructura nescesaria para estaciones de rastreo de satélites en el hemisferio sur.

Justo nuestro país ofrece geográficamente una ubicación unica. Teniendo una estación terrena que sería implementada en nuestra capital peruana podriamos cooperar internacionalmente en misiones satelitales. No habría ninguna otra estación para el seguimiento de satélites en la parte Centro-Occidental de la región del Pacífico Sur. Además cualquier satélite que cruze el continente sudamericano pasaría por encima de nuestra estación que sería parte del llamado Segmento Tierra-Satélite-Tierra de la Red Peruana de Estaciones Terrenas.

Los ingenieros Jaime Estela Gutiérrez y J. Martín Canales Romero han dado el primer paso para implementar una red de satélites a nivel nacional.

"C & E for Space"

Thursday, June 19, 2008

UK Student Satellite to be launched

From BBC News - Friday, 13 June 2008

Students at Leicester University have started a project to design, build and launch a satellite into space. Twenty undergraduates in the department of physics and astronomy are involved in the mission to detect space dust.

The main body of the satellite was donated this week by an engineering company based in Loughborough.

The project, named Plume, began in January 2007 and will result in an active nano-meteoroid dust detector going into orbit in mid-2009.

Laura Evans, one of the programme leaders, said: "This is a major undertaking with Leicester undergraduates responsible for everything from inception to launch on a real space mission which will provide new, innovative science.

"The nano-meteoriod detector on Plume will allow us to analyze dust particles that are smaller than ever before. Our satellite will be looking at the near-Earth environment so the results will be very relevant and of interest to theoreticians as well as experimentalists.

"Provided the mission schedule is maintained the satellite is likely to be the first English CubeSat in orbit."

The team is also under consideration for financial support from the East Midlands Space Academy.