Open brief “Ruimtevaart in België: de visie van beSPACE”

Lees de volledige open brief hier (in het Engels): beSPACE White Paper

De Belgische federale regering besliste in 2014 om zijn eigen ruimtevaartagentschap op te richten. Tegelijkertijd verandert de ruimtevaart wereldwijd aan een sneltempo, denk maar aan de opkomst van nieuwe spelers en indrukwekkende technologische doorbraken. Dit veranderend landschap vereist een passend antwoord van alle betrokken bedrijven en overheden.

beSPACE, dat zijn meer dan 300 jongeren die wonen of werken in België en die gepassioneerd zijn door ruimtevaart. In deze open brief verwoordt het beSPACE core team zijn visie over ruimtevaart in België, met als doel dat de Belgische concurrentiekracht gewaarborgd en verbeterd wordt, en dat België zijn leidende positie in Europa kan behouden. Het advies van de auteurs is gebaseerd op hun uiteenlopende ervaring in de Belgische ruimtevaartsector en hun verlangen om mee te helpen bouwen aan het toekomstige Belgische ruimtevaartagentschap.

beSPACE gelooft in een onafhankelijk Belgisch ruimtevaartagentschap dat leiding geeft aan een duidelijke strategie die coherent is tussen de verschillende gemeenschappen, regio’s en de federale overheid. Dit agentschap zal het concurrentievermogen van de Belgische ruimtevaartsector bevorderen als het inzet op eenheid, visie, dynamiek en innovatie, waardoor België verder kan groeien als een ruimtevaart “hot spot”.

Zowel ruimtevaartbedrijven als overheden hebben er alle belang bij om de volgende generatie van de Belgische ruimtevaart aan te moedigen en op te leiden, en daarnaast moeten samenwerkingsverbanden tussen verschillende disciplines worden aangemoedigd. Deze twee elementen zijn essentieel voor de toekomst van hoogtechnologische innovatie in de Belgische ruimtevaartsector.

Lees de volledige open brief hier (in het Engels): beSPACE White Paper

White paper “Belgium in space: beSPACE’s vision”

Download the full white paper here: beSPACE White Paper

The Belgian federal government committed in 2014 to create its own space agency to handle with the Belgian space policy. Meanwhile, the space sector has seen dramatic changes on a global scale, both with the rise of new commercial actors and space powers, and with the emergence of disruptive technical innovations. These changes call for an appropriate response from all stakeholders, private and public.

beSPACE represents a community of over 300 youths living or working in Belgium with a passion for space. Its core team wants to provide its vision of Belgium in space in order for its country to remain competitive and maintain its position as a European leader. The authors’ point of view is based on their field experience, on their different expertise around space matters and on their desire to help building the future Belgian space agency.

This paper starts with a short review of the new global trends in space. Our recommendations to the Belgian space sector are then outlined and detailed.

beSPACE believes in an independent Belgian space agency leading dynamic strategies coherently at the community, regional and federal level. This future space agency will empower the Belgian space sector if it fosters its unity, vision, dynamism and innovation, allowing Belgium to grow as a space hot spot continuously improving its core skills.

We further urge all actors, public and private, to prepare the next generations of Belgian space experts and encourage trans-disciplinary partnerships. We consider these two elements as instrumental to stimulate innovation and excellence.

Download the full white paper here: beSPACE White Paper

We are hiring!

The beSPACE core team is looking for fresh blood!

Here is what we offer:

  • Valuable experience that you can add to your CV
  • The opportunity to meet lots of people from the space industry, academia and related institutions

We ask the following of you:

  • Your motivation and some of your free time to organise high-profile events and to attend a few in-person meetings
  • Your contribution when brainstorming about future event ideas and about beSPACE in general

Do you like what you just read? Then you are our man or woman! Just send an email to info@be-space.eu if you are interested. We will take it from there 🙂

Humanity out of its cradle – 11 October 2016

Entry is free, but please register here.

On Tuesday 11 October 2016, a philosopher, an astrophysicist and an artist join their forces to explain our urge to explore.

Speakers: Prof. Dominique Lambert, Dr. Yaël Nazé, Stephanie Roland

For who? Everyone, it’s free, but please register here

When? Tuesday 11 October 2016 at 18:30

Where? von Karman Institute, Waterloosesteenweg 72, 1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode

Humanity Out Of Its Cradle

Supported by von Karman Institute, Antwerp Space, L’Arbre de Diane and beSPACE

Presentations & photos from the 4th Space Dinner

The 4th Space Dinner was once again a huge success, thanks to you, beSPACE members! Of course we would also like to thank our speakers, Marco Ferrazzani, Michel Melotte and Frederik De Wilde, as well as our sponsors, Thales Alenia Space Belgium, Antwerp Space, BELSPO and the Planetarium. We hope to see you all again next year!

The presentations from M. Ferrazzani and M. Melotte can be found below:

– Marco Ferrazzani – Moon Village: from vision to reality
– Michel Melotte – Space ionising radiations at Moon level

The photos from the Dinner:

4th Space Dinner – March 11, 2016 – Planetarium Brussels

The time has once again come for our annual flagship event: the Space Dinner! For the fourth time we invite you for a bite, a drink and inspiring presentations by influential speakers. It is the perfect opportunity to talk and network with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere!

In light of the recent announcement from ESA’s Director General, the theme of the 4th Space Dinner is the “Moon village”. In short, this village would be a lunar base, 3D printed from local materials and inhabited by astronauts for months at a time. Apart from acting as a research centre, it could also provide a springboard for future missions to Mars.

The following speakers will each provide their own point of view on this ambitious project:

  • Dr Marco Ferrazani, ESA Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Department
  • Michel Melotte, radiation expert at Thales Alenia Space Belgium
  • Frederik De Wilde, multi- and transdisciplinary artist

Also included in the Space Dinner is a planetarium show and of course a free reception to top it all off.

Programme:

  • 18h45: doors open
  • 19h00: presentations
    • Dr Marco Ferrazani
    • Michel Melotte
    • Frederik De Wilde
  • 20h00: planetarium show
  • 20h30: reception
  • 22h30: end

Practical info:

  • Date & time: Friday March 11, 2016, 18h45 to 22h30
  • Place to be: Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Boechoutlaan 10 Avenue de Bouchout, 1020 Brussels
  • Free registration: http://goo.gl/forms/8Na1s8mu2p

Explorare, Quo Vadis? – Art, Philosophy, and Space Exploration

Thursday 10 December 2015 – 19h00 – Brussels – Free entry, registration preferred

Quo Vadis? Explorare!

 

This series of talks is aimed at space professionals, philosophers, artists, and anyone looking to expand their thinking horizon.

While many professionals of the space sector were originally attracted by the poetry of astronomy or the romanticism of exploration, it is hard to keep the flame of passion alive in the routine of a day-to-day job. Space exploration is indeed a paradoxical activity. On the one hand, it is often cited as a potential source of answers to our most pressing existential questions: are we alone in the universe? Where do we come from? On the other hand, it is a highly technological domain that progresses at a rapid pace.

We, the actors of space exploration have very rarely the opportunity to engage in a reflection on what we are actually doing. The evening shall provide us such an opportunity.

Free entry, registration preferred. Let us know you’re coming at: http://goo.gl/forms/2GegszUT0a

Speakers:

Philosophy from the philosopher

 Jacques Arnould Jacques Arnould

Philosopher, historian of sciences, and theologian. He is in charge of reflexions related to the ethical, social and cultural dimension of space activities at the French space agency (CNES).

Philosophy from the scientist

 Olivier Chazot Pr. Olivier Chazot

Head of the aerospace department at the von Karman Institute (VKI). He is well versed in philosophy and will present his views about the role playoff the philosophical dimension in scientific endeavours.

Art from the artist

 vermeulen Angelo Vermeulen
Visual artist and TED Senior Fellow. His multidisciplinary oeuvre crosses over the boundaries of biology, technology and community. He was crew commander of HI-SEAS, a Mars simulation study on improving the nutritional value of space food, funded by NASA.

Art from the scientist

 Bernard Foing Pr. Bernard Foing

Scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA) and organiser of numerous workshops on the links that can be established between arts and space. He regularly collaborates with the School of Fine Arts of The Hague.

Programme:

  • 19:00 – Welcome
  • 19:30 – J. Arnould, CNES – Should we Try to Make Contact with Extraterrestrial Life?
  • 20:00 – O. Chazot, von Karman Institute – The Scientist as a Philosopher
  • 20:30 – Angelo Vermeulen, artist  – Blending Art and Science to Advance Humanity in Outer Space
  • 21:00 – B. Foing, ESA – The Moon village: a Challenge for the Arts and Humanities
  • 21:30 – General Q&A, Art Exhibition & Informal Discussion

Location:

The session will take place on Thursday the 10th of December 2015 at the Creative District. The address is 70 Boulevard Reyers, 1030 Brussels. Public transport: 800m from Meiser, 300m from Diamant.

The first talk starts at 19:30 sharp. Be there or be square!

With the generous support of:

Spacetec PartnersVon Karmann InstituteCreative District

Belgian cubesats – the first beSPACE session

Friday 9 October 2015 – 19h00 – Brussels – register here!

Cubesats are miniaturised satellites (typically a cube with sides of 10 cm) that were initially developed as student projects in universities. By now however, several companies, institutions, universities and space agencies have recognised their potential for data transmission (e.g. internet access across the world), debris mitigation, Earth observation (e.g. disaster management), education, space science and exploration.

A considerable number of cubesats is currently being developed in Belgium by a range of different players, including the KU Leuven, the Université de Liège, the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium and the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy. The von Karman Institute has even been selected as the coordinator of the QB50 project, which aims to launch a network of 50 cubesats developed by university teams spread around the globe.

Program:
  • 18:30 – 19:00: welcome
  • 19:00 – 19:20: J. Vanreusel, ESA – ESA Education CubeSat programmes
  • 19:20 – 19:40: T. Delabie, KU Leuven – SIMBA
  • 19:40 – 20:00: D. Fussen, Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy – PICASSO
  • 20:00 – 20:20: V. Van der Haegen, von Karman Institute – QARMAN
  • 20:20 – 20:40: T. Delabie, KU Leuven – SpaceBillboard
  • 20:40 – 22:00: reception with snacks and drinks & informal discussion

Location:

The session will take place on Friday the 9th of October 2015 in auditorium Q.D. on the Etterbeek campus of the VUB. The address is Campus Etterbeek, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene. You can find a map of the campus here. Please be aware that a train strike has been announced on this date, which may affect your travel time.

It is still possible to register, so please secure your place by enrolling here!

Please be aware that the poster below has not been updated. The session will start at 19h00 instead of 19h30!

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World Space Week: Space Quiz

Space Quiz poster

Space Quiz

This year the World Space Week kicks off with a big Space Quiz on Sunday the 4th of October. This event is accessible to everyone (minimum recommended age: 10) and announces itself as an afternoon full of learning, surprises, suspense and fun!

For the programme of the rest of the week and for more information about World Space Week in general you can check out www.facebook.com/WorldSpaceWeekBelgium and www.worldspaceweek.org. If you have any questions, please contact wsw.belgium@gmail.com. To go directly to the registration page, please click here: http://goo.gl/forms/U8czl0DaNr.

beSPACE is part of the organisation of this quiz, so we look forward to welcoming you on the 4th of October together with numerous other space enthusiasts for a memorable afternoon!