Satellites and Space Science and Technology in Africa – UniboMagazine

Hybrid event, online and in presence in Palapye, Botswana, promoted by the University of Bologna and Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) as part of the Europlanet 2024 research infrastructure: it is the first step to giving life to the planetary science network on the African continent

He. She space He is now a targetStrategic importance Moreover for African countries, which has already launched satellites over the years and established space agencies: initiatives born in response to scientific, technological and political needs. Now, thanks Europlanet 2024 . Research InfrastructureThe challenge is Creating a Planetary Science Network in Africa.

The first chapter of this process has been released these days: International workshop promotedUniversity of Bologna And from Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST). The event hosts 40 participants in virtual mode from across the African continent and 25 participants in Palapye, Botswana, the headquarters of BIUST. It is located around Professionals, scholars and students Linked to a common theme: the satellites and space science and technology to be developed in Africa.

“I Satellites I Basic for Earth observation, disaster prevention, communications, atmospheric and climate change studies, astronomical observations, military uses and more,” he explains. Barbara Cavalazzi, professor atUniversity of Bologna and business leader global cooperation for the project Europlanet. This international appointment is planned To provide a new perspective on all levels On topics of space science and technology, from observations to planning tasks down to the technical tools to be used: the goal is to advance our knowledge and possibilities to give life to new initiatives in this sector.”

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In fact, the workshop aims to To motivate and support scientists and engineers at all stages of their careers who work on designing satellite missions in Africa and therefore have to deal with specific issues and goals. During the event, theoretical lessons, discussion moments and brainstorming sessions on satellite research, aeronautical engineering, orbital dynamics and spacecraft position are outlined.

“We are pleased to welcome many of the participants to this workshop From all over Africa and Europe“, Dice Fulvio Franchi from Botswana International University of Science and Technology. We look forward to the results of the workshop Leads to lasting and productive partnerships, so that we can support the development of space and planetary sciences in Africa for decades to come.”

to meUniversity of Bologna Take part in the initiative Barbara Cavalazzi, Professor in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, who coordinated the workshop with Paolo TortorraAnd Dario Modinini NS Marco ZnoniProfessors in the Department of Industrial Engineering. The event was organized with the support of Europlanet 2024 RIWho received funding from the program Horizon 2020 for the European Union (Grant No. 871149).

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