Curiosity to find life on other planets has been a strong driver behind space research. It has given us an understanding of other solar systems and stars, weather, climate changes as well as memory foam mattresses, freeze-dried food and many other innovations we use in everyday life.
Sweden is a prominent space nation, and Chalmers is an important partner with a wide range of space research in various disciplines. Two years back, the moon landing celebrated 50 years, and we can see a continuing growing interest in space industry and research. In addition, commercial deployment of space systems, enabled by the emergence of inexpensive and re-usable rocket launchers, is expected to double in volume from 2020 to 2027. Mass production of satellites is a challenging new business and additive manufacturing will be important when it comes to manufacturing in outer space.
Meet with NASA scientists, planning for Earth independent production in space, the Swedish National Space Agency and researchers from Chalmers and Luleå.
Online seminar, streamed over Youtube and Zoom. Link will be sent out after registration.
There will be a Q&A session after each speech.
NOTE: There may be changes. We update the agenda regularly.
13:00 TAKE OFF!
Welcome! Director Lars Nyborg, Professor Surface Engineering, and moderator Elvire De Beck, Assistant Professor in Astronomy and coordinator of a space centre at Chalmers University of Technology.
CONDITIONS IN SPACE
We are all made of stardust – but how do we know that?
Our view on the Universe is based on the technological development. Each new generation of telescopes has enabled us to look further away, across longer timescales, detecting different types of gas, stars, and matter. Modern astronomy continually advances our ability to transform ‘stardust’ knowledge into an understanding of our origins. The presentation will introduce how we observe the universe using the most advanced telescopes.
Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen, Professor, Extragalactic Astronomy, Chalmers University of Technology. Her research concerns galaxy formation and evolution.
Challenges and advantages for space activities in Sweden
Anna Rathsman, Director General, Swedish National Space Agency. She is also Chairwoman of the European Space Agency Council. She will talk about what’s ongoing at the Agency, microlaunchers and the forthcoming expansion of Esrange.
PRODUCTION FOR SPACE
From the Design for a “one-off” satellite to the design for mass-production satellites: do priorities change?
How is a satellite developed today? And how is it going to be developed in the future? What will engineers focus in the future when developing a new satellite? Ola Isaksson and his team will introduce how aspects such as manufacturability, flexibility and testing capability will become more and more important for future satellite development, compared to the past.
Ola Isaksson, Professor, Product Development, Chalmers University of Technology
Massimo Panarotto, Associate Professor, Product Development, Chalmers University of Technology
Olivia Borgue, PhD Student, Product Development, Chalmers University of Technology
Space Factory – production systems for space
Björn Johansson, Professor Sustainable Production, Chalmers University of Technology. He focuses on sustainability aspects using virtual tools to analyze and improve production systems for industries. In his speech he will talk about challenges on mass production and give examples from a project together with RUAG.
GKN production and research within space
Marcus Broberg, Business Development & Strategy Manager, Space BU, GKN Aerospace Sweden AB will give an overview of GKN's space activities and european joint projects as well as a reflection of future challenges and opportunities for the industry.
The light comes from the North: On the emerging Swedish Space Industry
Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Professor, Product Innovation, Luleå University of Technology.
Since 2015, she has been active in “Innovation and Growth for Space” and the Graduate School of Space Technology. In her research group, several PhD candidates conduct studies in Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) for space applications. Since 2021 she is member of the board of Aerospace Cluster Sweden that aims to increase business opportunities for small and medium-sized companies, which she will talk about in her speech.
RESEARCH & PRODUCTION IN SPACE
Structural battery composites for mass-less energy storage in the future
Leif Asp, Professor, Lightweight Composite Materials and Structures, Chalmers University of Technology. He has been involved in research on composite materials and their application for 25 years. Recently, he and his fellow researchers at Chalmers have in experimental studies produced a structural battery that is ten times better than all the previous ones. The battery opens the door for so-called ”mass-less” energy storage in, for example, vehicles and craft. He will talk about how this type of structural batteries can be used in future space missions.
How do we pioneer an extended human presence on Mars that is Earth independent?
Larry Toups, NASA Emeritus, Johnson Space Center. He was part of NASA’s Exploration Mission Systems Office and responsible for work related to future habitat concepts for future missions beyond Low Earth Orbit such as the Moon and Mars.
Regolith and other materials for Earth independent production
Robert P. Mueller, NASA Senior Technologist for Advanced Products Development in the Exploration Research and Technology Programs Directorate at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He is the co-founder of the NASA Swamp Works innovation labs and the Kennedy Granular Mechanics & Regolith Operations (GMRO) Lab. He is also Kennedy's lead for Autonomous-Robotic Systems involved with In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU).
LANDING, SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
17:00 THE END