NewSpace in Europe #5: IAC 2017

Dear NewSpaceVisionaries,

there are many congresses out there which belong to the space topic (actually we should work out an overview someday). The reason why I focus on the IAC is that some very interesting announcements and cooperation declarations were made at the world’s largest gathering of space people. Big and small player sat together to form the future of space exploration …
Michelle, founder of HigherOrbits, captured it for us.

If you want to have a student’s perspective on the congress check out the Blogposts from BlueSat Members.

Big News at IAC

At the IAC 2017 opening ceremony Sen. Simon Birmingham, minister of education in Australia, stated  that Australia will establish a national space agency.
The Guardian is wondering what the Australian Space Agency is doing in the near future.
And a lot of people were asking what the name could be. And no, oficially the agency is not called ARSE.


At the IAC 2016 Elon Musk revealed his Mars Colonization Plan and was then criticised by some experts. One of them is Robert Zubrin who wrote a long article about his point of view and also gives some advice on how to do it better.
This time Musk updated his plan to get to Mars and how to colonize it. Moreover he presented a plan for short duration travel on earth with the Big Fucking Rocket (BFR) which should fly to Mars as well. This announcement has triggered an ongoing discussion. Some of them you can find here:

First expert reaction: Space.com
Focusing on the business plan: The Verge
When historians look back: Next Big Future
For sure we will see further reaction in the coming days which dive deeper into the topic.


Lockheed Martin updated their vision for Mars Base Camp. After Orions missions EM-1, EM-2 and the Deep Space Gateway the Mars Base Camp with lander, is the next step. Their video describes the vision very well and clear. Here you can see the complete conference presentation.
In this presentation the Berlin based Part Time Scientists were mentioned and a picture of their rover had been shown to tell us how commercialisation of space could work. Congrats to PTS on that way!

Small News at IAC

 

While I checked the IAC 2017 Main Programme and was searching for the term „NewSpace“ I stumbled upon Narayan Prasad Nagendra. He is, amongst other positions, the curator of New Space India. If you would like to know how the India NewSpace eco system looks like and how to foster it check out the newest article from NewSpace India. Maybe we can establish a few ideas in Europe as well.

I was a bit shocked when I realized that the last newsletter I published is four weeks ago. I feel a bit sorry for delaying this newsletter but I think I have a good excuse for that. I had to organize the arrival of our newborn earthling :).

While I am having a look into the IAC 2018 Program, the congress will be held in Bremen, Germany, I say:
See you in the next newsletter :).

Yours Albrecht Köhler

 

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NewSpace in Europe #4: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Space

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NewSpace Update️ ️

Focus: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Space

When I am thinking about the future of space, AI-driven and connected robots play a big role. Who will build big complexes on the Moon, Mars or in space? Who will mine ressources and harvest crops?

Selfworking Robots!

In the „Survey of Space Robotics“ from 2003 it is said that:


„In a decade, we expect robots to perform delicate
assembly tasks autonomously and even approach the
dexterity of a space-suited human. With intense effort,
robotic assembly of complicated structures in space is
possible, but only with supervision and guidance
(including occasional teleoperation) from space or
ground-based humans. Complex robotic assembly with
little or no human supervision will require
breakthrough technologies.“


For an introduction dive into fresh articles from SpaceNEWS and Seeker. A bit older but more inspirational article is from Hiro Ono’s Oddysey in which Hiro Ono – an engineer at NASA – gives an interesting insight into his thoughts about AI in Space.
Wired asked the question what a robot actually is and try to give answers.
If you want to dig really deep into Space AI check out the Acta Futura Issue N. 9 published by ESA or check out the paper by Daniela Girimonte and Dario Izzo.
„The key battlefield for robotics is shifting from hardware competition to software“ said Zhang Boxu – director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology at the World Robot Conference 2017 in Bejing – a few days ago. So let’s have a look at the current news about AI.
Robot Justin Source: DLR

NewSpace in Europe

The Robotics Innovation Center which belongs to the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence located in Bremen has got 29 running projects. The subject of 12 of them is space robotic.
TransFIT – the newest project focuses on the assembly and installation of infrastructure for space applications by humans and robots either autonomously or in cooperation. An article which sums up the topic from Springer Professional is only available in german.

Interpret and execute complex commands was the task of SUPVIS Justin. ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli commanded the humanoid robot from the ISS to perform different tasks in the simulated Martian solar farm at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen.

Around the Globe

Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster“ is the headline from phys.org. Researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University developed new AI algorithms and combined them with modern graphic processing units (GPU’s). So they were able to get more reliable and much faster results then before.

GPU Technology Conference opening video by Nvidia. It shows you what is possible with AI.

I close this newsletter with an article that describes different machine learning processor architectures. It seems as there is evolving a lot in the next time.

With an interesting topic in bag I see you again in two weeks,
Albrecht Köhler

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Downstream Event Intergeo 2017 (26-28.09.2017):

If you want to have a business meeting with NSV or other companies at Intergeo, do not forget to sign-up for the Intergeo.

On the occasion of INTERGEO 2017, the world’s largest conference and leading trade fair in the field of geodesy, spatial data and land management, the Enterprise Europe Network Berlin-Brandenburg invites you to participate in the international partnering event “INTERGEO Business Meetings” taking place at the Exhibition Grounds Berlin. This event has been designed as a partnering platform offering an opportunity to meet potential partners for new business and R&D projects. Representatives of companies, universities and research institutes offering or requesting innovative solutions, investigating new collaborations and searching for adequate project partners will get a great opportunity to discuss their ideas face-to-face in the pre-arranged meetings with international experts of interest. Besides our Business Meetings we also offer Business Tours to different locations in Berlin and Brandenburg.

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