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02-05-2014

Clarkson University's Regel Attends Historical Summit on Space Exploration in Washington, D.C.

Clarkson University Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering Liya Regel recently participated in two historical events in Washington, D.C.: the Space Exploration Conference and the Heads-of-Space Agencies Summit on Exploration at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. These unprecedented meetings were organized under the leadership of the International Academy of the Astronautics (IAA), in which Regel is a full-elected member.

Above, the Heads of Space Agencies Roundtable: “The Importance of International Cooperation” moderated by the Honorable Daniel S. Goldin, chairman, president & CEO, the Intellisis Corporation.The heads of international space agencies met with policy makers, government representatives, distinguished scientists, renowned astronauts, and leading academicians from all over the world on January 10, following up on the 2010 Summit Declaration. Leaders from space-faring nations engaged in a dialogue on topics of international concern, with emphasis on planetary robotic and human spaceflight exploration. The goal was to coordinate efforts and reach consensus on international cooperation.

In the past five decades, the International Academy of Astronautics has brought together the world’s experts in the various astronautics disciplines to explore and debate cutting-edge issues in space research and technology. After more than 50 years of existence, IAA is recognized by space agencies as the unique elite body to advance international cooperation.

The international space community and media presence was significant at summit roundtables on the Importance of International Cooperation, Space Station, Low Earth Orbit and Beyond, and the Benefits of Space Exploration. The moderators included former NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin, and John Elbon, vice president and general manager of Boeing Defense, Space & Security and more.

On the previous day at the IAA Space Exploration conference, invited speakers presented their lectures at six parallel sessions on planetary robotic and human spaceflight exploration.
The session on Human Aspects in Spaceflight discussed human factors challenges related to human space exploration beyond low earth orbit and their implications for Human Exploration.

The session on Scientific Goals in Robotics Missions included current issues in robotic exploration of the solar system and addressed the ultimate scientific goals for the exploration of the moon and Mars, including preservation of any bio-organic environment.

The session on Technical Factors: Enabling Technologies/Common Requirements covered enabling technologies required by robotics and human space exploration missions, as well possible applications to solution of global challenges on Earth.

The session on Private Industry’s Role in Space Exploration and Exploitation: Technical, Policy, and Legal Considerations explored private industry’s investments in products and services anticipating the existence or potential for development of broad commercial markets. The products or services developed would allow governments to purchase capabilities rather than investing in their development.

The session on Space Exploration: The Imperative of Global Cooperation discussed the need for global cooperation in human and robotic spaceflight programs, including ways to engage new and emerging countries.

The session on Space Stations Utilization for Robotics and Human Spaceflight Exploration presented the technologies and tools that would benefit from being tested in space, and innovative ideas for utilizing the ISS and other space stations in support of robotic and human spaceflight exploration. It was concluded that there is unprecedented opportunity to use the ISS and other space platforms to advance key enabling technologies for the next steps in space exploration. This would allow a validation of new concepts in space before they have to be used in exploration beyond Earth orbit. Safety and security of exploration would thus be better ensured.

Liya Regel is an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics, which has presented her with its prestigious Basic Science Award (the first woman and only materials scientist to be so recognized) and the Best Book Award.

She is associated with the departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson. Regel is also the director of the International Center for Gravity Material Science & Applications, which she founded at Clarkson in 1991. She is founder and chair of the “New Horizons in Engineering” Distinguished Lectureship Series at Clarkson. A highly innovative materials scientist, she has been recognized by the international scientific community with numerous awards from organizations around the world.

For questions and more information about the IAA Heads of Space Agencies Summit and the Space Exploration, please contact Prof. Regel at lregel@clarkson.edu.

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Photo caption: Clarkson University Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering Liya Regel recently participated in two historical events in Washington, D.C.: the Space Exploration Conference and the Heads-of-Space Agencies Summit on Exploration. Above, the Heads of Space Agencies Roundtable: “The Importance of International Cooperation” moderated by the Honorable Daniel S. Goldin, chairman, president & CEO, the Intellisis Corporation.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/space-summit-2014.jpg .]

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