NASA Aims Research Center Director, Dr. Eugene Tu, and Chief Scientist, Dr. Jacob Cohen, visited ASRI's labs, and were introduced to the SAMSON project and other ongoing research activities, including the new electric propulsion and segmented optics systems.
The project is supported by the Adelis Foundation and the Israel Space Agency of the Ministry of Science.
Prof. Pini Gurfil attended the annual event of the Technion France Association. In a panel dedicated to the future of urban mobility, Prof. Gurfil described the challenges of connected transportation from the space technology perspective. The panel also featured the president of CNES (the French Space Agency), Jean-Yves Le Gall.
Rafael is currently performing several Hall thruster performance tests at ASRI, in the Electric Propulsion lab. The tested subject is the Qualification Model (QM) of the thrusters currently in operation onboard the Venus satellite.
30 Chinese Chairs/CEOs of substantial businesses ranging from automotive, construction, chemicals, food, hospitality, medical products, financial services etc. visited ASRI. The visitors are part of “Global Frontiers in Science and Technology” which consists of 7 weeks at Oxford, S Valley, Boston, Israel etc.
Space Autonomous Mission for Swarming and Geo-locating Nano-satellites (SAMSON) is a project led by the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. The project includes three 6U CubeSats flying as a coordinated cluster. The Technion, together with RAFAEL, designed, tested and manufactured the SAMSON cold gas propulsion system. The propulsion system will be used to provide the required thrust for the formation keeping maneuvers. The system was initially selected out of four different configurations by Technion undergraduate students.
Professors Ehud Behar and Shlomit Tarem from the Asher Space Research Institute, will take part in a NASA Mission-of-Opportunity concept study to investigate astrophysical explosions. Their research, part of an American-Israeli mission led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, was one of six concept studies selected out of dozens submitted.
The Japanese State Minister for Space Policy, Mr. Tsuruho, visited ASRI with a delegation of 17 people. ASRI's recent research achievements were presented to the distinguished guest.