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24 Jan 2018

How Would You Design Your Home in Space?

In 2010, NASA accounted its commitment to mount a crewed mission to Mars by the third decade of the 21st century. Towards this end, they have working hard to create the necessary technologies – such as the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft. At the same time, they have partnered with the private sector to develop the necessary components and expertise needed to get crews beyond Earth and the Moon – designing your home in space. NASA […]

14 Jan 2018

Why Only Intelligent Life is Doomed.

We live with a hectic news-cycle where the threat of natural and human-made catastrophe seems to ratchet up all the time. Tech and scientific giants Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warn that soon artificial intelligence can pose an existential threat. Other issues continue to rumble ominously in the background of our minds, and of current events. Even in academia, institutions like the Centre for Existential Risk in Cambridge and the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford project dire warnings about […]

12 Dec 2017

Will Nanotechnology Prevent Aging

Nanotechnology is one of those words that is rather frequently waved off as “science fiction stuff.” Because it isn’t prevalent in consumer technology, few people know about it. So, nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular and supramolecular scale. But, will nanotechnology prevent aging? Some scientists take it further by believing that it could prevent dying itself! We age because at each regeneration of our cells, a very identical copy is made. In a man’s lifetime, so many […]

10 Oct 2017

Is This the EM Drive Missing Link?

Ever since the EM drive first made headlines, science lovers have puzzled over how the propulsion system seems to produce thrust, despite the fact it’s ‘impossible’ according to one of the most fundamental laws of physics – Newton’s third law of motion. Now a team of physicists have put forward an alternative explanation – it turns out the EM drive could actually work without breaking any scientific laws, if we factor in a weird and often overlooked idea in quantum […]

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.

Mission

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.

Strategy

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.

Goal

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

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.

19 Sep 2017

Light Captured As Sound Makes Laptops 20 Times Faster

Light-based or photonic computers have the potential to run at least 20 times faster than your laptop, not to mention the fact that they won’t produce heat or suck up energy like existing devices. This is because they, in theory, would process data in the form of photons instead of electrons. For the first time ever, scientists have stored light-based information as sound waves on a computer chip – something the researchers compare to capturing lightning as thunder. While that […]

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.

WHAT’S ON THE EXHIBITION FLOOR?

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.

Exhibitors
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.

WHAT’S IN THE CONFERENCE?

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 […]

06 Sep 2017

Why is the Fermi Paradox Paradoxical?

With at least a quarter trillion stars in Earth’s galaxy alone, which itself is one of hundreds of billions of other galaxies, the statistical probability of there being alien life somewhere is overwhelming. Yet, humanity’s best attempts to detect such life have been fruitless, giving rise to the Fermi Paradox: If statistically, life should be so common throughout the universe, how is it that not a trace of it has been detected? The question whether the human race is alone […]

05 Sep 2017

AIAA SPACE AND ASTRONAUTICS FORUM AND EXPOSITION

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.