This event organized by KIVI Students Twente & Space Society Twente will focus on space debris.

In the coming years, a huge amount of additional satellites will be launched. Many of these will be launched by private companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin. These mega constellations might provide the world with good internet in all places, but at what cost?

During this Innovation Drink we will look at the space debris problem from three different perspectives. Consequences for astronomy, space exploration and possible solutions to the space debris problem will be highlighted by Anton Pannekoek institute for Astronomy, European Space Agency and Delft University of technology.

Tiago Soares from ESA will highlight the Clean Space initiative. This covers the plans of ESA to reduce the amount of space debris.

Jure Japelj from Anton Pannekoek institute will focus on consequences of space debris and satellites on astronomy. The problems and the severity thereof will be assessed based on a few projects that Anton Pannekoek institutes does.

Erwin Mooij from Delft University of Technology will focus on the severity of the space debris problem and possible risks of space debris for space exploration.

Afterwards there is room for discussion and sharing of thoughts during the network drink.

Due to coronavirus measures, the capacity of The Gallery is limited. If you wish to stay at home, or the event is full there is the possibility to participate via a live stream. 

The programme is as follows:

14:00h   Walk-in

14:30h   Introduction

14:45h   ESA on possible solutions to the space debris problem 

15:45h   Anton Pannekoek Institute on consequences for astronomy 

16:45h   Break

17:00h   Delft on how to handle space debris

18:00h   Networking drink

19:00h   End of event

This event is powered by BTC-Twente.