March is coming closer, so gear up for our annual flagship event: the Space Dinner! For the 6th year in a row we invite you for three inspiring presentations, followed by a free planetarium show and walking dinner. Of course we will also hand out the beSPACE Awards for Personality of the Year and Team of the Year for the second time. The perfect opportunity to network with other space enthusiasts! If you don’t know what a Space Dinner is you can check out this post about last year’s edition.
Important: admission is free but registration is mandatory!
Facebook event: right here!
The theme of this year’s Space Dinner is Space debris: curse or opportunity? The following three speakers will approach this topic from their own angle.
Clean Space Systems Engineer – European Space Agency
Tiago Soares is a systems engineer in European Space Agency’s Concurrent Design Facility. He holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and specialised in Space applications in SUPAERO, Toulouse. He works in ESA Technical Centre in the Netherlands since 2008. In 2012, he was one of the initiators of the Clean Space initiative aiming to develop technologies to guarantee the future of space exploration by protecting the environment on earth and in space. This initiative counts today more than 100 finalized and on-going industrial activities. Since 2015, he is in charge of CleanSat, a technology program that aims at the development and integration in recurrent platforms for Earth Observation and Telecommunication missions of key technologies for the compliance with Space Debris Mitigation requirements.
Presentation: Clean Space: Guaranteeing the future of space activities by protecting the environment
Associate Professor – von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Thierry Magin is an associate professor at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI). He currently holds a Jean d’Alembert Chair (Paris-Saclay) at the Laboratory for Plasma Physics of Ecole Polytechnique. After his doctoral thesis completed in 2004 at the Free University of Brussels, he worked at Ecole Centrale Paris on the prediction of nonequilibrium radiation phenomena for the ESA Huygens probe, and then at Stanford University and NASA Ames Research Center on the development of high-fidelity engineering tools for the manned space exploration program. In 2010, he founded a research team at VKI supported by the European Research Council, focusing on the development of complex multiscale and multiphysics models and numerical methods for reacting and plasma flows. Prof. Magin and his team aim at studying both fundamental principles and technological aerospace applications, in collaboration with space agencies and industries.
Presentation: Space debris mitigation, research challenges for aerothermodynamics
Philip De Man
Senior Researcher in Space Law – KU Leuven
Philip De Man is a postdoctoral fellow with the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies in Leuven, Belgium, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders. Dr De Man is a senior researcher and lecturer in space law at the University of Leuven’s Advanced Master of Science in Space Studies. He is a member of the Belgian delegation at the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Dr De Man is also a core expert of the International Space Law Group of the MILAMOS project for a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space, and an observer with The Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group. Among his most recent publications is the monograph ‘Exclusive use in an inclusive environment: the meaning of the non-appropriation principle for space resource exploitation’, as part of the Springer Space Regulations Library.
Presentation: Cars in space and the legal regime of space debris
Date: Friday 09.03.2018
Location: Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Avenue de Bouchout 10, 1020 Brussels
- 18:30 – Doors open
- 19:00 – Presentations
- 20:00 – beSPACE Awards
- 20:15 – Planetarium show
- 20:45 – Walking dinner & networking
- 22:00 – End
Space Applications Services – Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium – Others coming soon!