4 October 2018
Following winning their membership in the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences (SCASS) participates in the 69th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany. The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) along with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) organized the Congress from October 1st – 5th, 2018 under the theme "Involving Everyone". The IAC is a leading international and interdisciplinary forum for space sciences and related topics with over 4000 participants and 1600 scientific presentations annually. The Congress this year puts emphasis on the new generation of space experts, expansion of equal opportunities, and the involvement of new countries and start-up companies in the global space field.
The Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences' delegation used this opportunity in joining the IAC to highlight the various research initiatives and efforts at the Center and University of Sharjah including showcasing the on-going research projects at the Center's observatory and different research laboratories: the "CubeSat Lab", the "Space Weather and Ionosphere Lab", the "Meteorite Center", the "Radio Astronomy Lab", and the "Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Center." SCASS also participated in this Congress with the aim of building connections with international participants, organizations, and institutes to explore potential future collaborative research ideas and projects.
SCASS also participates in the technical sessions and workshops offered at the IAC on Science and Exploration, Technology, Space and Society, Applications and Operations, and Infrastructure.
Following the 69th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC), SCASS' delegation heads to Neustrelitz to the German Aerospace Center's (DLR) Institute of Communication and Navigation to visit the working group "Ionospheric Effects and Corrections." The group will present their operational space weather service (IMPC) and related research with the aim of identifying potential areas of collaboration and exploring joint project ideas between SCASS and the DLR. The delegation, during the visit to the DLR, will give an overview of the University of Sharjah and the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences' research projects and work as well as present the "Comparative Planetology of Martian Ionosphere" on-going research project at the Ionosphere Laboratory at SCASS.