After 2 hectic and wonderful months, we are saying goodbye to the International Space University.
International Space University conducts an annual rocketry launch competition during eash Space Studies program. participants from ISU's Engineering department are divided into international teams of four to design, construct and fly a rocket that will meet a set of difficult requirements for altitude, payload, data capture, and design style.
David Levy is an internationally renowned Canadian astronomer who is celebrating 50 years of searching the sky for coments and asteroids. He is best known for his co-discovery in 1993 of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994. Dr. Levy will be sharing his lecture “A Nightwatchman’s Journey”, discussing his experiences and observations in astronomy.
At the Royal Society in London on July 20, 2015, Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Lord Martin Rees announced a set of initiatives — a scientific programme aimed at finding evidence of technological life beyond Earth entitled ‘Breakthrough Listen', and a contest to devise potential messages named 'Breakthrough Message’. In addition, atop the One World Trade Center in New York on April 20, 2016, 'Breakthrough Starshot' was announced, an interstellar programme to Alpha Centauri.
Panelists: Rona Ramon (Ramon Foundation, Chairman Board of Directors), Jonathan Clark (Baylor College of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Space Medicine), Doug Hamilton (University of Calgary, Associate Professor, former flight Surgeon for the Canadian Space Agency), John Connolly (ISU, SSP Director, NASA Exploration Missions and Systems).
Competition Director: Eric Choi (Senior Business Development Manager, Magellan Aerospace)
The task is simple: build and program a prototype robot that can explore on its own, differentiate surfaces, avoid obstacles, and collect valuable samples. And do it all in 2 days. In a competition with other robots.
Thanks to LEGO Mindstorms, talent, and a lot of imagination, ISU participants, assisted by robotics experts, will design and build autonomous robots following precise specifications to simulate planetary exploration.
Panelists: Donald James (NASA Associate Administrator for Education), Hugo Maree (ESA Education and Knowledge Management Office), Jeremy Curtis (British National Space Centre).
One of its most important responsibilities of the world's Space Agencies and commercial space companies is to educate and inform the public about the latest advances and discoveries in the space sector, and to develop programs that will inspire young people to pursue careers in science and technology.