July 4, 2019

Day of Space Travel

Stuttgart Science Festival

July 4, 2019

Dive into deep space - Prof. Dr. Sabine Klinkner Department of Satellite Technology at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Space System and Prof. Dr. Thomas Dekorsy, Director of the des Institute of Technical Physics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), will be presenting their current research findings and answering your questions at the Day of Space Travel on 4 July 2019.

Young researchers will be on-hand to tell you about their experience of ISS projects, and you can even build model rockets and experience simulated space travel in the Soyuz Simulator. 

The day also features two special events: information and advice about the study programs on offer and possible career paths in the field of aerospace (Prof. Dr. Stefanos Fasoulas, Director of the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart) and an artistic presentation of space travel in the vhs-photogalerie – with the exhibition "Cosmic Drive" from Berlin-based photographer Katinka Schuett.


Beginning at 12.00 p.m.:
Soyuz Simulator: Do you want to know how astronauts dock on the ISS? And you have always wanted to drive a spaceship? The Soyuz Simulator at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Space Systems (IRS) offers you the chance to try your hand at being an astronaut. After a short briefing, you can even try a virtual docking maneuver!

KSat: the student small-satellite group at the University of Stuttgart gives students, regardless of their field of study, the chance to carry out their own space experiments. Be it experiments on research rockets in Sweden, balloons in South Africa or experiments at the ISS, the KSat teams deliver high-quality engineering skills and research. Get to know our past and current projects, test your knowledge of space travel or get involved in the experiments!

ESBO – star gazing from a balloon: the European project ESBO DS will be introducing its research balloons and explaining how balloon telescopes are revolutionizing astronomy. The team will also be bringing past and future cargos with them for you to experience first-hand. 

12:30 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Sabine Klinkner, Department of Satellite Technology, Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart: Rover systems for exploring planet surfaces.
Robotic systems are used to explore planetary surfaces to help us gain a better understanding of how our solar system and planet are structured. Constructing rovers is extremely demanding, because the conditions on the moon and other planets present a huge challenge for technology. Find out more about the various rover systems that are built and tested in the state capitol!

2:00 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Stefanos Fasoulas, Director of the Institute for Space Travel, University of Stuttgart: chosen career: exploring space!
Presentation of the study program Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart – your chance to ask questions!

3:00 p.m.
Astronomy lecture team from the vhs Stuttgart: insight into the Department of Extracurricular Studies at the vhs Stuttgart
Our experienced lecturers will be introducing you to the origins and functions of the universe. Take advantage of the opportunity to find out about the world of astronomy and astrophysics.

4:00 p.m.
Guided tour of the exhibition "Cosmic Drive" by Berlin-based photographer Katinka Schuett.

5:00 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Dekorsy, Director of the Institute of Technical Physics, German Aerospace Center: laser and space debris – what do these have to do with each other?
What would you do without television, telephone, navigation and weather forecasts? These technologies use satellites. But around three-quarters of a million space debris objects are currently orbiting the earth, and if these collide with satellites, they can cause damage. If a satellite is on a collision course, it is important that it is able to move out of the way – and lasers can help with this. The researchers at the DLR are working on precisely determining the orbits of pieces of space debris. However, in the long-term, this space debris must be disposed of, and lasers can help accomplish this. A laser beam can change the orbits of small pieces of space debris so that they burn up in the earth’s atmosphere.

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