SGC 2011 Working Session Topics


One of the primary components of the Space Generation Congress is the working group sessions. Each delegate is assigned into one of five groups. The groups in the break-out sessions discuss a pertinent space topic in one of the five themes: Industry, Agency, Society, Exploration, and Outreach. Subject matter experts from the field will join these working groups to support them with knowledge to make the group discussions more fruitful. The preliminary conclusions of each group are presented to the rest of the delegates on the last afternoon of SGC and the final conclusions are written into reports that are presented at the International Astronautical Congress, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and other conferences around the world in the year following the Congress. For last year's report, please see here.

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Space Generation Congress 2011 Topics and Group Subject Matter Experts

IndustryThe Political and Technological Challenges of Space Debris and Its Mitigation

The proliferation of space debris and the increased possibilities of collision and interference raise concerns about the long-term sustainability of space activities, particularly in the Low Earth Orbit and Geostationary Earth Orbit environments. It is vital that we act now to keep space clean, safe and useable for future generations. This group will review the key issues surrounding space debris (What has contributed to it being such an important topic today? What are the political implications?) as well as discuss possible steps to debris mitigation.

Industry Subject Matter Expert: Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Co-lead SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Group

Minoo completed her degree in Aerospace Engineering with Honours at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. During her studies, she completed an internship in Germany, where she was working on structural design improvements for the Ariane 5 launch system. Minoo is currently a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering. Her doctoral research investigates the impact dynamics of novel materials used in aerospace structures. Minoo’s past research experience includes the analysis of hypervelocity impact dynamics on spacecraft due to space debris. She is Co-lead of the SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Working Group.

Industry Subject Matter Expert: Chijioke Cj Nwosa

Co-lead SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Group

Chijioke Cj Nwosa is completing his Masters programme in Space Science and Technology at the University of Cape town/South African Astronomical Observatory. He holds a Honours degree in Astrophysics and Space Science from the University of Nigeria. Cj is currently assessing SumbandilaSat's (South Africa's national satellite) in-orbit risks from space debris and space weather. Generally, his research interests include spacecraft-environment interactions, and preservation of the near-Earth space environment. He has been involved in payload design, sounding rocket campaigns, planetary and gravity waves projects (using the radars at Antarctica), and space related outreach programmes in South Africa. He is a Co-lead for SGAC's Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Working Group.



Agency Radio Frequency Spectra and Satellites: The Technological, Logistical and Political Impllications of Regulation

While there are several bodies at the international and State level at work to try to regulate radio frequency spectra, the issue remains a technologically, logistically, and politically complicated manner. Limitted spectra make allocation questions tricky. SGC delegates will examine and discuss many of these issues to make recommendations on how to further develop the regulation of integral telecommunication technology in space.

Agency Subject Matter Expert: Stephanie Wan

NASA SCaN Technology Policy Specialist

biopic_stephanieStephanie Wan is a contractor working at NASA HQ's Office of Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) as a Technology Policy Specialist. She recently received her Master's degree from the George Washington University Space Policy Institute and a Bachelor's at the American University. She attended the 2008 International Space University Space Studies Program, in Barcelona, Spain. She has been active in the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2008, leading the Youth for GNSS (YGNSS) project, and activities in the North American region. Her areas of focus are in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), small satellites, and international space cooperation.




Society Integrating Space Technology into Society: Overcoming Societal, Political, Economic, and Logistical Roadblocks

Space applications for terrestrial uses are receiving increased attention in the space sector. As space has developed beyond pure exploration and military usages, the potential terrestrial usages have become increasingly beneficial and widespread. This said, space technologies have barely begun to reach its full potential of success because the space sector faces challenges in integrating its technologies into society. SGC delegates will discuss the difficulties as well as potential ways to facilitate the integration.


Society Subject Matter Expert: Agnieszka Lukaszczyk

Space Policy Consultant for the Secure World Foundation

Aga_Board Agnieszka Lukaszczyk is the former SGAC Chairperson. From 2006 until 2009 she held the Executive Officer position at SGAC. She is also a space policy consultant for Secure World Foundation. A Polish/American national, Agnieszka is based in Vienna working on the European space policy and United Nations (UN) civil space activities covering the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and working closely with the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs (OOSA). In addition, during the period of September 2006 to June 2008, Agnieszka worked at the European Space Policy Institute. Agnieszka also serves as the the Vice President - Operations for the World Space Week. She holds a Masters degree from the American University School of International Service in International Politics and a Bachelor degree in Political Science form the University of Tennessee. She also studied at the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium; the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland. She gained professional experience at the Political Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, American Electronics Association in Brussels, European Department of the Polish Senate in Warsaw and the Warsaw Business Journal.


Exploration Robotic Exploration in Today's Evolving Global Space Sector

Space exploration sits at an important point in history. As the world’s space sector chooses its direction, what role will exploration play? Many in the public worry about the costs of exploration, in particular manned exploration as this is what sticks out in the public’s mind. Yet, one way to address continuing exploration and reducing the price is through robotic exploration. Delegates explore the pro’s and con’s of robotic exploration as well as its role in space exploration as a whole.

Exploration Subject Matter Expert: Andreas Hornig

Student, University of Stuttgart

Andreas Hornig is an aerospace engineering student with specialisations in Space Systems and Space Applications at the University of Stuttgart. Prior to this, he graduated with a Diploma (FH) in mechanical engineering with specialisation in aerospace engineering from University of Applied Sciences Bremen. His diploma thesis focused on an optimisation method for ascent trajectories of multistage launch-vehicles. During this time, also he did an internship at Daimler Chrysler Bremen in the planning and assembly department and a student research project at machtWissen about numerical modeling (CFD) and research of solar-thermal power trough fields. As a post-graduate engineer, he also worked for worked at machtWissen. In Stuttgart, he started the young academics group, Constellation, to develop a distributed super-computing platform for research in various aerospace related sciences and engineering. Andreas also contributes as a working student at Astos Solutions where he is looking into on launch-window analyses.






Outreach Space for Developing Regions: The African Case Study


Space-based technology for telecommunication, tele-health, tele-education, crop monitoring, and disaster management can be used to help bridge the developed-developing country gap faster than before. To optimise these technologies, what needs to be achieved? From outreach to the public, to developing proper policies, to developing solid countries’ educational base, there are several steps. With special consideration for this year’s SGC location in Africa, this Outreach group will examine both the benefits from space for developing countries as well as the necessary steps to implement space technologies into the societies of developing countries.

Outreach Subject Matter Expert: Brad Inggs

Managing Director of the African Space Institute

bradprofilepicBrad Inggs is the co-founder and Managing Director of the African Space Institute, an innovative nonprofit that creates space awareness, knowledge generation and space development in the African space sector. He oversees the day to day and strategic operations of the ASI. Inggs has a diverse background in the technical and business fields from space communications, tracking, management, skills generation through to marketing and development. He is also the CEO of Orbital Horizon, the continents first space tourism agency and recently also became the Vice-President of ISDAC, the International Space Development Authority Corporation for the African region. Inggs is a key driver in a number of innovative outreach projects and is constantly seeking opportunities and collaborations to make Africa a leader in space internationally and beyond.

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