A Bridge to Space: ACT Workshop on Innovative Concepts
Spacecraft will certainly look different, possibly radically different, and perhaps their design will be completely revolutionised.
Can we try to predict such an evolution? Maybe, but that is not our focus here. What matters is to make sure that scientific and technological evolution/revolutions happening on the ground can be readily picked up and skilfully adapted by space scientists and engineers for the advances of space science and exploration.
Let us start now! There is already a wealth of recent scientific discoveries and technological breakthrough happening at the present time which promise to change our life on earth even in the very near future. Advances from nanotechnology, biomimicry, artificial intelligence, computer science. are beginning to enter current technology. Ignoring the benefit of all of this for the space domain would be an unforgivable mistake.
But then, how can we best take advantage from disciplines which are often not yet linked to the space domain? How can we find our way in the midst of these promising discoveries and advances in order to be able to tell what are the ones that could make the real difference? An interesting challenge isn't it?
The first step to this endeavour may be to try to change a little bit our way of thinking. And our way of working as well! Keeping updated on science news, embracing multi-disciplinarity, collaborating with experts from different fields. and getting experts from different fields together to present and discuss their ideas.
The ACT workshop is designed with this purpose in mind: crossing and breaking down disciplinary boundaries, taking current specialised detailed scientific results in some key areas and link them. This event, that will take place on 28th and 29th January 2008 in ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands), will gather scientists and engineers coming from different backgrounds and proposing innovative ideas with the common goal of advancing space science and technology.
To enhance the interaction between the participants and stimulate the creativity during these two days, the workshop will be innovative not only in its content, but also in its organization: speakers from different disciplines will be gathered in several multidisciplinary groups. Once all the speakers from a group have presented their work, multidisciplinary thinking will be encouraged and stimulated by discussion panels.
This scientific appointment is an excellent occasion to raise the awareness of ESA and space industries on new concepts which could play an important role in the evolution of space technology in the coming years or decades. The ideas discussed could ideally lead to future studies for the agency.
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