→ATV Albert Einstein
In-flight Call Event
Jerusalem - Milan - Munich
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his image of ATV Albert Einstein reveals the exhaust plumes as the 20-tonne craft fires some of its
24 thrusters to adjust its approach to the International Space Station
European Space Agency
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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12/20/11 12:36 PM
ESA is collaborating with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Israeli Space
Agency, the Italian space agency ASI and the German Aerospace Center’s
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics to organise a live call with ESA astronaut
Luca Parmitano from the International Space Station. The event will be held in
three locations: the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, the Technische Universität
München in Germany and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.
The programme will start with lectures at all three universities on space
robotics and satellite technology, followed by an introduction to Europe’s
fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), named after Albert Einstein.
ESA’s ATV-4 mission manager, Alberto Novelli, will introduce ATV and talk
about the International Space Station and aspects of human spaceflight and
exploration in general.
A live connection to the International Space Station will be made and students
from the universities will ask questions to ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano.
Luca is on a 166-day mission on the Space Station taking part in around 20 ESA
experiments covering a range of disciplines.
ATV Albert Einstein, ESA’s supply and support spacecraft, was launched on
5 June 2013 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The vehicle is
one of the most reliable and complex spacecraft ever built in Europe and
has the largest cargo capability of all vehicles that visit the International
Space Station. The main objectives of this mission are to deliver 6.6 tonnes
of cargo and maintain the Station’s orbit for six months.
As part of ATV Albert Einstein’s cargo, ESA sent a number of copies of
documents from the Albert Einstein archives, maintained at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem. These folders were delivered to the Space Station
where Luca will sign them before they are sent back to Earth.
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
- Technische Universität München, Germany
- Politecnico di Milano, Italy
All times in Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Morning programme:
Open to academia and specialised media, VIPs may attend
9:30 - 10:00 Welcome coffee
10:00 - 10:30 Welcome addresses at each location
10:35 - 10:40 Welcome address to all locations by ESA moderator, start of live
connections between sites
10:40 - 12:45 Expert lectures (each 40 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A)
• “An Intelligent Alter-Ego on a Distant Planet”
Prof. Amalia Ercoli Finzi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
• “Space Robotics for On-Orbit Servicing, Astronaut Assistance
and Planetary Exploration”
Prof. Alin Albu-Schäffer, DLR Institute of Robotics and
Mechatronics, Germany
• “Role of Satellite Technology in Weather and Climate Change
Prof. Daniel Rosenfeld, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
12:45 - 15:30 4
Afternoon programme
Open to academia, media, TV, and VIPs at each location
15:30 - 15:35 Introduction to afternoon programme by ESA moderator
15:35 - 15:50 Welcome addresses from each location (each 5 minutes)
15:50 - 16:05 ATV Albert Einstein mission presentation
Alberto Novelli, ESA ATV-4 Mission Manager
16:05 - 16:15 ATV Albert Einstein video
16:15 - 16:45 Introduction to Human Spaceflight and Exploration
Alberto Novelli, ESA ATV-4 Mission Manager
16:45 - 17:05 Live call from space with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano
17:05 - 17:15 Official closing of live event
Professor Amalia Ercoli Finzi
Politecnico di Milano
Amalia Ercoli Finzi, former Director of the Department of Aerospace
Engineering of Politecnico di Milano, has been working in the area of spaceflight
dynamics for over 25 years, contributing in several space research areas such as
space-mission design, attitude control, rendezvous and docking manoeuvres,
dynamics and control of large space structures.
At the moment she is the primary investigator of the SD2 experiment for the
European Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that will
drill into the comet’s core and collect soil samples. She is also coordinator of
Team Italia for the robotic A.M.A.L.I.A lunar mission.
Prof. Finzi received the Gold Medal of the Italian Republic President in 2007
for scientific merits. In 2012, she was awarded the Frank J. Malina Astronautics
Medal and the Leonardo-UGIS prize.
She is Member of the Technical Scientific Committee of ASI and a full member of
the International Academy of Astronautics.
An intelligent Alter Ego on a distant planet
Since the very beginning of the space era, robotics have contributed to
exploration of celestial bodies, sending back spectacular images and huge
amounts of information on unexplored worlds helping to build our current
knowledge of the Solar System.
The lecture will present some technical solutions used for space robots,
with particular attention given to power production, locomotion, guidance
navigation and control, communications and thermal protection.
Like famous explorers of the past centuries, we are facing a great unknown:
not in person, but through an ‘alter ego mirabilis’, intelligent and smart machines
that allow us to explore virtually.
Professor Alin Albu-Schäffer
DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
Alin Albu-Schäffer graduated in electrical engineering at the Technical University
of Timisoara, in 1993 and received a PhD in automatic control from the Technical
University of Munich in 2002. In 2012, he took over as head of the Institute of
Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center DLR which he joined
in 1995 as a PhD candidate.
Alin is a professor at the Technical University of Munich, holding the Chair for
Sensor-Based Robotic Systems and Intelligent Assistance Systems at the Computer
Science Department. The DLR robotics institute is one of the largest and most
renowned labs in the area of space robotics but also working on assistance
robotics for industrial and medical applications. His personal research interests
include robot design, modelling and control, nonlinear systems, flexible joint and
variable compliance robots, impedance and force control, physical human-robot
interaction and biologically-inspired robot design. He has received several awards,
including the IEEE King-Sun Fu Best Paper Award of the Transactions on Robotics
in 2012, several Best Paper Awards on international conferences as well as the DLR
Science Award.
Space Robotics for On Orbit Servicing, Astronaut Assistance, and
Planetary Exploration
The more we learn about our Solar System, the planets, their moons, asteroids
and comets, the more we want to land on these bodies, explore and analyse
their geology, and possibly find signs of life on these hostile worlds. Robots of
increasing complexity are being developed today to analyse samples like a
geologist or biologist would do on Earth.
Robots will play an ever increasing role closer to Earth as well by servicing
satellites, removing space debris or assisting astronauts during their daily work.
Robots should exempt humans from dangerous or monotonous tasks, increase
their working efficiency and allow them to concentrate on challenging scientific
and engineering work.
This talk will give an overview of the forefront of space robotics, DLR’s latest
developments as well as perspectives on the coming years.
Professor Daniel Rosenfeld
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Daniel Rosenfeld earned his academic degrees at The Hebrew University,
followed by a post-doctorate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in
1986-1988 before returning to the Hebrew University as a professor.
Prof. Rosenfeld did revolutionary work in fundamental physical problems
that are central to the field of climate change such as the role of aerosols in
precipitation-forming processes and their effects on storm intensity and on
Earth’s energy budget. He is currently active in coordinating international
research and designing satellite missions to study the impacts of
man-made aerosols on clouds, precipitation and climate. His contributions
were widely recognized by numerous international awards.
Big impact of man-made tiny particles on weather and climate change
Global warming is caused by greenhouse gases reducing the amount of
cooling of thermal radiation from Earth to space compared to heating from
solar radiation. Whereas the effect of carbon dioxide emissions is well known,
little is known about the effect of manmade emissions of aerosols on our
climate such as from smoke and sulphuric particles. These particles cool
the world mainly by making the clouds brighter and covering larger areas
and reflect more solar radiation back to space. Our limitations in defining
this cooling effect dominates scientific uncertainty on global warming,
feeding public controversy.
This talk will discuss air pollution influences on cloud coverage and using
recently developed satellite techniques for imaging and quantifying
cloud-drop size and their impact on storms and Earth’s energy budget.
→Albert einstein
Albert Einstein’s paper, The foundation
of the general theory of Relativity,
predicted that light beams would
bend around massive objects. The
hypothesis was proven when British
astronomer Arthur Eddington observed
light beams from distant stars bending
as they passed our Sun during a solar
eclipse in 1919. This was considered
conclusive proof that the theory was
Einstein’s contributions to science
overturned our perception of the
Universe and his work is used to guide
spacecraft. The scientist was born
in 1879 in Germany, but studied and
spent his early career in Switzerland,
where he worked at the Patent
Office in Bern. Here he developed his
revolutionary ideas and published
four fundamental scientific papers
on the photoelectric effect, Brownian
motion, special relativity and the
mass–energy equivalence.
Left: Albert Einstein lecturing in France in the 1920s.
Right: First page of the manuscript The foundation of
the general theory of relativity. (Albert Einstein
Archives–Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
With his theories of relativity and
the two-way relation between
matter and energy (E=mc2),
Einstein is a major icon of the
20th century. He was awarded
the Nobel prize for physics at the
age of 42.
ATV Albert Einstein also has
strong ties with Switzerland: part
of its structure and subsystems
are built by Swiss industry, such
as the racks, the late-access cargo
lift, meteoroid debris protection
and critical electronic units.
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SA astronaut Luca Parmitano during his first spacewalk on the International Space Station,
9 July 2013
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n 5 June 2013, Ariane 5 lifted off from Europe‘s Spaceport in French Guiana with ESA’s fourth
Automated Transfer Vehicle, Albert Einstein, en route to the International Space Station
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TV Albert Einstein, Europe’s supply and support ferry, docked with the International Space
Station on 15 June 2013
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