This event organized by KIVI Students Twente & Space Society Twente during the Twente Space Week 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.

The programme is as follows:

14:00 - Walk-in

14:30 - Introduction

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

15:45 - Anton Pannekoek Institute on consequences for astronomy

16:45 - Break

17:00 - Delft on consequences on space exploration

18:00 - Networking drink

19:00 - End of event

This event is powered by BTC-Twente.