Category : Education

02 Oct 2017

World Space Week 2017

Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. More than 2,700 events in 86 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration in 2016. With our new Theme “Exploring New Worlds In Space” we aim to inspire even more events around the world in October for World Space Week 2017.

“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.”

View events that are happening in each nation for World Space Week 2017 and find an activity near you.


The mission of World Space Week Association (WSWA) is to strengthen the link between space and society through public education, participation, and dialogue on the future of space activity using World Space Week as a focus.


To achieve this mission, the strategy of the Association is to expand UN-declared World Space Week, 4-10 October annually, to efficiently focus global attention on space through widespread events that week and associated media coverage. Specifically, the Association shall:

  • Institutionalize World Space Week in the plans of other organizations globally on the largest possible scale;
  • Seek media coverage of the resulting celebration;
  • Provide participating organizations with coordination and assistance;
  • Hold events at a global level.


The long-term goal of the Association is to sufficiently institutionalize UN-declared World Space Week such that it continues to grow throughout the world by itself.


Programs of the World Space Week Association include:

Global Expansion

  • Expands World Space Week by encouraging participation of organizations around the world.

Support Services

  • Provides World Space Week participants with products and services to assist them in celebrating and publicizing World Space Week;
  • Coordinates with the United Nations and reports annually on World Space Week participation and results.

Educational Program

  • Increases educational benefits of World Space Week by providing teachers with classroom activities that use space to excite students about learning;
  • Inspires students globally by flying representative students in simulated zero gravity airplane flights.

The United Nations General Assembly declared World Space Week in 1999. The celebration of World Space Week is under the guidance of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) based in Vienna, Austria.

16 Sep 2017

The Commercial UAV Show

The 4th Commercial UAV Show, held in London, is the biggest UAV focused show within the European market. While our early years comprised of the most innovative hardware, it has evolved to incorporate the software behind these systems.

This event is a showcase for new civilian and commercial applications for UAVs. Our visitors span the breadth of end users: surveying, photography, mapping, GIS, emergency services, agriculture, utilities, infrastructure and more. Our exhibitors are the world’s most innovative UAV hardware and software systems manufacturers.

The Commercial UAV Show is two events: a world-class conference focused on the progression of the UAV industry; and, a technology exhibition showcasing the latest hardware and software innovations from the mega tech companies to the latest start-ups. To visit the show is free. There is, naturally, a registration fee to attend the conference.

As the industry grows, so does the Commercial UAV Show, which is now established as the best event for this industry outside of the United States. Why is it the best? It attracts more users, more buyers, and more business.


Demo Zone
A safe, netted large area on the exhibition floor where exhibitors who’ve booked 30 minute session demonstrate their UAV.

On-Floor Seminars
Companies present case studies to the high level delegates that circulate the floor. Anyone is free to attend these sessions giving unparalleled exposure to the end user market.

The Exhibition floor showcases the latest innovations from the mega tech companies to the latest start-ups. While hardware has been a focal point of the exhibition in the early years, the collaboration with software enables the exhibition to fully educate end users on the best solutions within the industry.


The Conference runs alongside the exhibition and focuses on the future of the UAV industry. Choose from a number of roundtable discussions and select from specific tracks:

  • Technology, Data Management And Innovation
  • Safety & Security In Drone Use
  • Counter-UAV Technology

Image: Xsens

11 Sep 2017

What Have We Learned From Saturn’s Rings?

Over the past 13 years, the Cassini space probe has shown us just how complex and dynamic the rings of Saturn truly are. What would Saturn be without its beautiful system of rings? The 20-year mission is coming to an end later this week when the probe makes its final destructive plunge into Saturn. As part of its grand finale, Cassini has flown closer to the rings than ever before, first grazing the outermost edges of the rings before taking […]

05 Sep 2017


In 2014, the event evolved to become the AIAA SPACE Forum with a renewed focus on serving the broader space community. From the beginning, AIAA’s space-related conference has had a hybrid program, with plenary and panel sessions focused on policy and management issues as well as a strong technical program featuring technical paper presentations in space operations, space systems, space transportation, space and Earth science, space exploration, and many other topics.

08 Jun 2017

Humanity’s Farthest Journey Was Voyager Worth It?

The Voyager 1 spacecraft – humanity’s farthest journey – was launched in September 1977 and flew by Jupiter and Saturn before continuing on toward interstellar space, where it now continues it’s relentless journey out into the cosmos. After nearly 4o years, amazing scientific data, and nearly 21 billion kilometers, was Voyager worth it? What Do You Think?      

01 Jun 2017

How Will Humans Deal With Being in Second Place ?

Can we re-imagine our lives when artificial intelligence supersedes human intelligence? How Will humans deal with being in second place? What happens when AI is better at your job than you are? World Go champion Ke Jie of China has already found out. He just played a best-of-three tournament against an artificial intelligence program called AlphaGo and he lost 3-0. It’s also important to note that a computer winning at Go is a much more impressive feat than one winning […]

31 May 2017

Should We Fix Earth Before Colonizing Other Planets?

To be sure, it’s not difficult to observe Earth is facing some big problems – overpopulation, epidemics, and asteroid strikes to name a few. But before we flee this planet like an action hero jumping out of an explosion, let’s think about this for a second. Sure, it’d be great to have a backup civilization somewhere in case asteroids wipe out all life on Earth. And it would be one of the most exciting things humankind has ever done. But […]

28 May 2017

Can the Mind Manipulate the Universe?

The mind- matter duality – or can the mind manipulate the universe – has been a subject scientists have pondered for years. Theoretical physicist Lucien Hardy from the Perimeter Institute in Canada, has always asked questions, gathering information, looking for paradoxical thought experiments and provoking the world of quantum mechanics. He even devised his own Hardy Paradox back in 1992 studying particle interactions. In his latest paper, Hardy now basically refers back to French philosopher Rene Descartes, wondering if the […]

17 May 2017

Int’l Symposium on Astronomy

The International Symposium, co-sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the European Astrobiology Campus (EAC,http://astrobiology-campus.eu/), is designed to bring education research in astronomy in general, and in astrobiology in particular, to the professional scientific community.

11 May 2017

The Future of Work is Gaming

Look at economic data closely and the trends aren’t pretty: People with elite backgrounds are hoovering up an increasing share of new income and wealth. Automation is obviating more and more jobs. In the years to come, we’ll need new forms of employment. Let’s crystal-ball this: Will there be a new way for the working class of the future to earn a paycheck? Sure. Playing videogames. That’s the bold prediction of Edward Castronova, an academic at Indiana University who studies […]