13 Aug 2014 |
Research article |
What you need to know about Exoplanets research: ISU SSP14 Presentation
August 7th, 2014: All team projects done by the participants of the 27th Space Studies Program (SSP14) of the International Space University (ISU) were presented at École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) de Montréal, Québec, Canada, an event co-hosted by ETS and HEC Montréal (HEC).
SSP14 attracted 122 participants, representing 31 countries, to a program that showcased ISU’s first all-female international astronaut panel.
SSP14 has also focus on “new space” and entrepreneurism with faculty and lecturers from around the globe, a steady presence of Canadian astronauts, and a warm “bienvenue” from Canada’s only French-speaking province.
TP EXOPLANETS (TP EXO)
The last team project presented was on Exoplanets (EXO). The Chair of this project was Eric Choi, Aerospace engineer and writer, from Canada. The Teaching Associate was Thomas Wilson, from UK.
As described in the ISU SSP14 web site, this team project is intended to expand upon existing initiatives in three ways: first, to engage the interest and capacities of people from additional countries and agencies; second, to go beyond classic science and address the social consequences of current and coming discoveries; and third, to document ways for increasing the yield of both space-based and ground-‐based investigations through improved communications and collaboration amongst researchers worldwide
As both ground-based and space-based observational and analytical tools improve, an increasing number of exoplanets are being discovered. But finding and characterizing exoplanets is extremely difficult, and the fundamental physics of the problem conventionally necessitate space missions like Kepler and CoroT that typically cost on the order of hundreds of millions of dollars. One of the objectives of this team project will be to identify ways in which emerging spacefaring nations and developing countries could participate in exoplanet research, potentially through the use of low-cost nanosatellites like the ExoplanetSat mission proposed by MIT. The team project should also address the social consequences of current and future exoplanet discoveries, as well as document ways for increasing the science return from both space- and ground-based investigations through improved communications and collaborations amongst international researchers.
The main objectives of this team project are:
- To document ways for increasing the science return from both space- and ground-based investigations through improved communications and collaborations amongst international researchers.
- To identify ways in which emerging spacefaring nations and developing countries could participate in exoplanet research, for example, the ExoplanetSat nanosatellite proposed by MIT.
- To address the social consequences of exoplanet discoveries.
- To have a positive educational experience in learning how teamwork and problem solving are achieved in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment with time and resource constraints.
- To produce a report with practical and actionable recommendations that will assist decision makers and influence the future direction of international exoplanet research.
The team Exoplanets presentation:
The 28th edition of the Space Studies Program (SSP15) will be held at Athens, Ohio, USA, from June 8th through August 7th 2015.