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October 4th, 2010
Space Generation Congress Yields Fresh Perspectives from the Up-coming Space Generation
Between 23-25 September 2010, the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) held its annual Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Prague, Czech Republic, gathering 100 young professionals and university students from 40 countries with space sector leaders and subject matter experts. The Congress was organised prior to the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and focused on debates on the key space topics.
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The three days of the SGC 2010 brought together both young and experienced players in the space sector, enabling a resourceful and inspiring dialogue between the two parts. Young professionals and university students had the opportunity to learn from high-profile figures speaking on behalf of prestigious organisations such as Arianespace Inc., the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDC), the European Space Agency, the George Washington University, the International Astronautical Federation, the International Space Services, NASA, Secure World Foundation, Space Frontier Foundation, and the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).
These space sector leaders also had the occasion to get innovative and bold insights from the incoming generation of sector leaders. The SGC 2010 delegates were divided into five project groups that debated a question within the theme of Industry, Agency, Climate, Exploration or Outreach.
Each group studied a topic and came up with a set of recommendations that were presented to all delegates and guests during the last day of the Congress, giving the perspective of the next generation of space leaders. All five projects had innovative yet pragmatic issue approach.
- The Industry Project Group tackled topics such as space tourism, the role of new and well-established space companies, the prospects and obstacles to the privatised direction the space industry is heading.
- The Agency Project Group discussed ground-based uses of space technology, focusing on issues related to disaster management.
- The Climate Project Group focused on the current challenges of Earth observation data exchange and community remote sensing.
- The Exploration Project Group debated human space exploration and why we should continue to send humans farther and farther into the universe.
- The Outreach Project Group thought of ways to encourage students to enter and remain in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“Final presentations prepared by the SGC Delegates exceeded my expectations,” said SGAC Chair, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk. “They were very informative and refreshing, and one could see the hard work delegates put into their output. I came out of the Congress inspired and energized; these young space enthusiasts once again have reminded me why it is important to be involved in space activities.”
The input from the university student and young professional delegates as well as the impressive lineup of SGC speakers will be combined into a final report of the Space Generation Congress 2010.
Many of the SGC 2010 delegates remained in Prague after SGC 2010 for the International Astronautical Congress. Eleven of them were selected to present their research papers on various space topics, proving the quality of the young professionals and university students that partake in SGC.
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September 27th 2010; Prague, Czech Republic
SGC2010 Closes with Perspectives from the Young Space Generation and an Inspirational Speech from NASA Administrator, Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden
The Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2010 closed on Saturday, 25 September with final presentations given by each of the five project groups (Industry, Agency, Climate, Exploration and Outreach) and five speeches delivered by top space professionals, including a first-time ever address at SGC by NASA Administrator, Charles F. Bolden.
The day kicked off with William Watson, Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF), who informed SGC delegates of the advocacy work done by his organisation in support of the space strategy as proposed by the President Obama of the United States of America. Mr. Watson also premiered an SFF movie encouraging the expansion of the space commercial sector.
The morning session also included a technical presentation by Berndt P. Feuerbacher, President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), on the Rosetta mission. The presentation was followed by an extended round of applause by the audience which was filled with young space scientists, engineers, businessmen, lawyers, and politicians, alike.
Following lunch, the Industry and Exploration spotlight speeches were delivered. Clay Mowry, President of Arianespace Inc., talked about the historic development and changing role of commercial space. He emphasized that space is an application driven business, with satellites being today the major focus. Our future in space, he remarked will very likely be filled with interesting new business markets such as space-based solar power, biomedical research and space tourism.
The Exploration spotlight speech was given by John M. Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of the Space Policy Institute of the George Washington University in Washington D.C. Dr. Logsdon reflected on past and present exploration issues and illustrated the unique conditions that allowed the Apollo program to be successful.
The highlight of the entire Congress and the most important output of the SGAC network are the recommendations of the future generation of space leaders. SGC delegates gave five 20-minute presentations encapsulating their fresh perspectives, in-depth analysis and innovative recommendations for issues connected with Industry, Agency, Climate, Exploration and Outreach. Youth perspectives on space will be gathered into a final report that during the following months will be presented to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and to industry, agency, and academic organisations that collaborate with SGAC. Results will also be shared at events where SGAC members participate, ensuring that the voice of the next generation of space leaders is being heard, listened to and integrated in today’s space policies and decisions.
The formal closing dinner held at the Charles University of Prague was attended by SGC delegates and prominent international leaders of the space sector. Guest of honor, NASA Administrator, Charles F. Bolden, addressed the audience and stressed the importance of youth for the future of space exploration. “If exploration is your passion no one will stop you. You will make a difference, and I look forward to hearing your voices,” Administrator Bolden declared. Also during the closing dinner, SGAC Young Leader Scholarships, funded by SGAC and its partners, were awarded. The 28 scholarships, a record-number for SGAC, sponsored the winners to participate in the Congress. As many of these winners are from developing nations, these scholarships enable SGC to truly be an international youth space forum.
SGAC is proud of its overwhelmingly successful event, which was attended by 100 delegates from 40 countries. Next year’s 10th annual Space Generation Congress will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 29 September to 1 October. SGAC looks forward to welcoming another congregation of bright, future international space sector leaders.
September 24th, 2010; Prague – Czech Republic
Short Movie “Space Generations: From Sputnik to Today to Tomorrow” Premiered During the Second Day of SGC 2010
The second day of Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2010 started with the premier of a short movie featuring key moments in space history. The movie was completed via a partnership between the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL). The movie tells a brief, but concise history of space exploration in a montage of images and videos of the most significant moments of outer space exploration since 1957. It also uses graphics to expose the critical issue of the long-term, sustainable use of Earth’s orbit and examines visionary space projects including mining the Moon and space-based solar power.
The idea behind the movie belongs to Prof. Dr. Frans G. von der Dunk, Othmer Professor of Space Law at the Space and Telecommunications Law Program of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, while Art Anisimov, SGAC National Point of Contact of Belarus and space law student at UNL, and Andy Bacon, head of SGAC’s Near Earth Objects (NEO) working group, led the effort of putting together the movie.
The inspiring documentary set the tone for the rest of the day. It was followed by Move an Asteroid Competition Winner Ben Corbin’s speech on "Implementing Advanced Technologies and Models to Reduce Uncertainty in a Global, Cost-Effective Asteroid Mitigation System." He addressed the need of increasing the accuracy and precision in tracking near earth objects (NEO) and the components behind an automated decision-making warning system. As one of the perks of the Move an Asteroid Competition, Ben will also present his winning paper at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), taking place in Prague between 27 September and 1 October.
The morning plenary session also featured the Agency spotlight speakers, Barbara Adde from NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program and Mike Kearny from the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS). Ms. Adde stressed the importance of international cooperation in optomising the use of current and future Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Mr. Kearny complemented Ms. Adde´s presentation by pointing out that communication data systems enable most of this cooperation at the international level and affects all of our personal lives.
The plenary session ended with the Outreach spotlight speaker, Jim Zimmerman, President of International Space Services, Inc. He stated that as individuals working in the space sector it is our mission to promote space and stimulate interest from the general public. From his point of view, outreach should focus on three key words describing space: international, glamorous and inspiring. He also pointed out that geography is a factor to take into account when doing regional activities and projects.
After the plenary session, SGC 2010 delegates gathered into working groups to continue their debates on the five projects.
The SGC 2010 Industry Project Group narrowed their interest to three different sections: space applications, utilization and launching. They debated the strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats related to the three components. As a result, recommendations were formulated for policy makers.
The SGC 2010 Agency Project Group covered more specific questions such as GNSS applications for different disaster phases, as well as the technical and policy challenges. The group looked into the issues regarding the technology currently used for Global Positioning System (GPS) positioning and possible ways to overcome the legal challenges regarding personal data storage. The group formulated several recommendations for international organisations aimed towards the improvement of GNSS disaster management applications.
The SGC 2010 Climate Project Group reviewed international principles of remote sensing and Earth observation. The group covered sovereignty issues, global commons issues and national security issues. In particular, the group had a lively discussion on the current tendency of climate change becoming a national security issue and how this might hinder environmental research.
The SGC 2010 Exploration Project Group focused on defining the outcome of the session. Starting with a discussion about necessary technologies needed for a Mars mission, the group moved further to the financial, political and outreach issues involved. After the lunch break, the team split up into smaller groups to categorise and prioritise the results from the morning session. Based on this work, the team will create a roadmap of challenges implied by a mission to Mars and possible solutions to these problems.
The SGC 2010 Outreach Project Group looked at strategies and frameworks to implement outreach programs across the world, meant to inspire students to pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics-related field particularly one in space. Examples included exposure of space activities in social networking sites and workshops for teachers. An emphasis on the values and benefits of space activities for developed and emerging space nations was considered to be essential for successful outreach aimed at students in these regions of the world.
After the working sessions, SGC 2010 delegates attended the SGAC Project Team Info Session where they were introduced with the three main projects SGAC supports throughout the year: Near Earth Object Working Group (NEO), SGAC Group on Space Technologies for Disaster Management and Youth Promoting Cooperation and Education in GNSS (YGNSS).
Tomorrow, the last day of SGC 2010, the delegates will hear from:
- William Watson, Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation (SSF);
- Berndt P. Feuerbacher, President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF);
- Industry Spotlight Session Speaker Clayton Mowry, President of Arianespace, Inc.;
- Exploration Spotlight Session Speaker John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs;
- Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, NASA Administrator.
September 23rd, 2010; Prague, Czech Republic
Space Generation Congress 2010 Kicks Off
The first day of the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2010 organised by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) got off to a flying start yesterday with 100 top delegates gathering together in Prague to debate the latest space issues. The event marks a milestone in SGC history as the largest youth space event to date.
Ariane Cornell, SGAC Executive Director and SGC 2010 Congress Manager, opened the Congress by welcoming the delegates and clarifying the goals of the event. SGAC Chair, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, followed by introducing the organisation and its objectives.
From Left To Right - SGAC Chair Agnieszka
The highlight of the day was the talk of SGC featured speaker, Dr. Dumitru Prunariu, Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS). He set the tone of the Congress by addressing current global challenges and opportunities in the space sector from workforce issues to exploration. Most importantly, he emphasized the role of the youth in future space development activities.
The majority of the day was spent in the project working sessions, as SGC 2010 delegates broke into five groups to discuss the Congress topics. The delegates, representing 40 different countries, brought to the debate their experiences and were complemented by young subject matter experts.
The Industry Project Group focused on remote sensing, space transportation, space applications, and International Space Station (ISS)-related issues. They approached the analysis from both a technical and a legal perspective. They also analysed the industry area taking into account different policies, government intervention, ethics etc.
The Agency Project Group looked at past examples of disaster management to identify to what extent emergency information is available in real time. They also brainstormed the types of information that are most useful to people immediately following a disaster. Finally, the group looked into the necessary steps of designing a disaster management cycle.
The Climate Project Group covered many topics, which included existing climate and weather monitoring technologies, data and metadata collection standards, as well as the responsibility of countries as global community members to contribute to climate studies. The group focused on technical capacities taking into account the underlying social and economical issues. A key identified point was that only few countries operate climate monitoring systems, yet the results are vital to all countries.
During the first day of SGC 2010, the Exploration Project Group set their starting point: the necessity of human exploration missions to other planets to inspire the youth. They also debated the idea of going back to the Moon before considering a mission to Mars. A key conclusion from the group’s first day was that astronauts should be the envoys of humanity, not of a single nation.
The SGC 2010 Outreach Project Group concluded during the first day that doing space projects or setting up a private space company is not as difficult or as expensive as it is generally thought. With the idea that space can be accessible to all, the group looked into ways to encourage young generations to become involved in space.
Between the session working times, all attendees at the SGC 2010 had the opportunity to hear Climate Session Speaker
Ray Williamson, Executive Director of
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Ray Williamson’s speech on the role of community remote sensing in climate change monitoring and mitigation.
At the end of the day, attendees had the option of attending a presentation introducing the International Astronautical Congress. This presentation was highlighted by welcome from International Astronautical Federation Executive Director, Philippe Willekens. Later that evening, SGC 2010 delegates participated in the Opening Dinner and Culture Night, which truly emphasized the multi-cultural and multi-talented nature of the SGC attendees.Tomorrow, the working groups will continue their projects, as well as look forward to a movie premier of an SGAC-produced feature on the history of the modern space age, and hear speeches from:
- Move an Asteroid competition winner, Ben Corbin;
- Agency Session Speakers, Barbara Adde (NASA's Space Communications and Navigation [SCaN] Program) and Mike Kearny (Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems [CCSDS]);
- Featured Speaker, Jim Zimmerman, President of International Space Services, Inc.
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September 23rd, 2010; Prague, Czech Republic
Between 23 and 25 September 2010, Prague, Czech Republic will become the headquarters for international space matters. High-level space leaders and young professionals in the sector will come together to debate the latest space topics of interest at the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2010, the annual conference of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). The discussions will focus on five major themes: Industry, Agency, Climate, Exploration and Outreach.
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The Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications (SGAC) is a non-governmental organization which aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, Nation States space agencies and other organizations in the space community. SGAC has permanent observer status in the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The SGAC Executive Council is made up of representatives from each of the six UN regions, and has a larger body of representatives from nation states. Our focus is on pragmatic space policy advice to policy makers based on the interests of the global community of students and young professionals, broadly in the age range 18-35, interested in space. For further information, please visit www.spacegeneration.org