Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

International workshop paves way to future cooperation for space exploration

16.05.2006


Over sixty participants representing space agencies from Europe, North America and Asia have today concluded the 2nd ESA/ASI Workshop for International Cooperation for Sustainable Space Exploration, held in Sarteano, Italy.



The workshop is the second in a series of international workshops jointly organised by ESA and the Italian Space Agency ASI, that are meant to facilitate the establishment of a global international cooperation framework to support the space exploration plans of various space faring nations, including NASA’s Vision and Europe’s Aurora Programme.
The gathering was convened by Simona Di Pippo, Director of the Observation of the Universe at ASI, and Daniel Sacotte, Director of Human Spaceflight and Exploration at ESA, at the historical site of Abbazia di Spineto in the vicinity of Sarteano.

Dr. Scott Horowitz, NASA Assistant Administrator for Exploration Systems, delivered the keynote speech emphasizing the international dimension of space activities, which he experienced himself as a Space Shuttle crewmember.



The beautiful Tuscan countryside provided the setting for an intense three-day discussion on the current and future space exploration plans of major space agencies worldwide, and how best to tackle the issue of international cooperation which is regarded as a key element by all parties involved in long-term space exploration activities.

“Since we held the first Spineto Workshop last year,” said Daniel Sacotte “the plans of all major players have evolved and have become firmer and clearer. The time is therefore right to advance on the issue of global cooperation”.

The ESA/ASI workshop follows an event organised by NASA in Washington D.C., in the United States, at the end of April, mainly focused on lunar exploration, and is part of series of international events that will occur throughout the coming months dwelling on the international dimension of space exploration. The two workshops have shown that talks among international partners are intensifying to come to the establishment of a global strategy.

“An international community with a shared vision and common objectives is coming together through these events,” emphasised Simona Di Pippo. “This community will be instrumental both in supporting domestic space exploration plans and to work jointly to establish a globally accepted space exploration strategy”.

The event was organised around a first plenary day where representatives from space agencies shared their updated plans and strategies for the human and robotic exploration of the Solar System, in particular the Moon and Mars. Senior non-governmental experts also presented some international cooperation examples and contributed to a lively roundtable discussion on the same subject.

The following day participants were divided in four splinter groups dealing with the following themes: space transportation, in-orbit infrastructure, surface infrastructure and automatic precursor missions.

The discussions converged on the need to foster international cooperation among interested nations in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of space exploration plans. “Activities linked to space exploration will return economic benefits and will provide answers about the origin and distribution of life in our Universe,” noted Daniel Sacotte.

“We envisage a global reference architecture which allows all interested space agencies to fulfil their aspirations, and we believe that its establishment and its implementation will require structured international cooperation mechanisms,” stated the two workshop hosts.

With this series of workshops, and the ongoing work in between, Europe proposes itself as a key player in the establishment of effective and inclusive relations among nations with an interest in the exploration of the Solar System.

This workshop, the follow up for which has already been announced by ESA and ASI for end May 2007, marks the start of an intense period of consultation and discussions among international players that will result in the global strategy and later in the reference global architecture mentioned above.

Piero Messina | alfa
Further information:
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMI3Z8ATME_index_0.html

More articles from Science Education:

nachricht New Master’s programme: University of Kaiserslautern educates experts in quantum technology
15.03.2017 | Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

nachricht Decision-making research in children: Rules of thumb are learned with time
19.10.2016 | Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

All articles from Science Education >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Making lightweight construction suitable for series production

More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.

Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...

Im Focus: Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...

Im Focus: Deep inside Galaxy M87

The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.

Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...

Im Focus: A Quantum Low Pass for Photons

Physicists in Garching observe novel quantum effect that limits the number of emitted photons.

The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...

Im Focus: Microprocessors based on a layer of just three atoms

Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.

Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Expert meeting “Health Business Connect” will connect international medical technology companies

20.04.2017 | Event News

Wenn der Computer das Gehirn austrickst

18.04.2017 | Event News

7th International Conference on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics in Freiburg on April 3-5, 2017

03.04.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

DGIST develops 20 times faster biosensor

24.04.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Nanoimprinted hyperlens array: Paving the way for practical super-resolution imaging

24.04.2017 | Materials Sciences

Atomic-level motion may drive bacteria's ability to evade immune system defenses

24.04.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>