Aleksandr SHAENKO, famous scientist, engineer and founder of “Your sector of space” society delivered the lecture series on space beauty and Russian private astronautics in INRTU TECHNOPARK on August 7-8, 2015. Within the framework of the project “Space from sea to sea” the popular science lectures are held in 14 cities of Russia as following: Kaliningrad, Sevastopol, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Blagoveshchensk, Chita, Khabarovsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Vladivostok in the period from July 20 till September 10, 2015.
Aleksandr SHAENKO reported that the main target of his trip is to inform audience about astronautics as a tool to comprehend amazing phenomena we can never meet on the Earth.
”Space from sea to sea – 2015” is the second part of the project for popularization of astronautics among Russians. A year ago I visited Irkutsk and delivered the lecture on the achievements of modern astronautics to 30 citizens of Irkutsk. This year I decided to continue the lecture series and INRTU robotic science technician Roman KONONENKO suggested to organize the lectures at INRTU TECHNOPARK where talented students gather.
It is important for me to communicate with young future engineers who are interested in space and are able to suggest interesting ideas and projects. I have been working in the field of space more than 10 years and will be able to help talented students to fulfill themselves in research and invention”, - the scientist SHAENKO reports.
During the first part of lectures “Space beauty” audience got to know phenomena happen on other planets. A unique photo of a hexahedral gas vortex on the Northern Pole of Saturn made by NASA space probe “Cassini”, a video of landing of the two-part spacecraft Cassini-Huygens on Titan in 2004, striking photos of Mars surface were presented.
Aleksandr SHAENKO also told about manned space activities on the low earth orbit; features of spacecraft docking of Buran and Shuttle from IIS; emergency situations in space; “royal cross” - spectacular view of separation of 4 blocks from the first stage of launch vehicle accompanying with photos and video.
”I try to present the information in the way to allow the audience asking as many questions as possible. Sometimes the discussion goes so far that 1.5 hour’s lecture lasts twice longer.” – Aleksandr SHAENKO noted.
There were a lot of questions to the lecturer. Guests were interested in the following:
Are modern technologies enough to build a housing complex on Mars? Is it possible to use storms on other planets as an energy source? How long do astronauts rehabilitate themselves after returning from ISS?
The second part of the lectures was devoted to the development of Russian private astronautics. It is an activity of companies which are engaged in the development and implementation of profit earning space projects including services such as space-based observations of the Earth and satellite data transmission.
Within the framework of the presentation Aleksandr SHAENKO told several stories of success in the space business: creation of a private satellite DX1 by Dauria Aerospace Company; launch of Russian first private satellite "Aurora"; establishment of companies "Yaliny", Ltd "Lin Industrial" and others.
After the meeting the lecturer said that here in Irkutsk he succeeded in establishing contacts with professionals interested in further cooperation. Dr. SHAENKO made a special mention of an educational project of Irkutsk Museum "Noosfera" (noosphere), joint development of Irkutsk scientists in the field of electrochemistry and space technologies. One of the joint projects of Aleksandr SHAENKO and INRTU may be the education of rising generation. This idea came to Aleksandr SHAENKO and Roman KONONENKO during two-day communication in Irkutsk.
"In September the project "Youth creativity center" will be started in INRTU. It is focused on the development of creativity among students and schoolchildren. The key fields will be robotics and aircraft and machine building. Within the framework of the project it will be possible to organize the series of lectures based on the material of Dr. SHAENKO on space research and technology," – Roman KONONENKO noted.
By Olga BALABANOVA