Spaceport Norway: Discussing the Future of Resources and the Climate

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One of the key things that our society should definitely look more into nowadays is the matter of climate crisis. The Spaceport Norway conference on 4th and 5th of September brought into the spotlight this topic that, for sure, impacts us all.

2019 was the third year in a row for the event, and it took place in Trondheim, after the first 2 editions held in Stavanger. The conference was organized by Conventor and facilitated by Ole Dokka.

Ole Dokka, the CEO of Spaceport Norway and Conventor AS

Managing the Earth’s resources under current climate challenges

The event centered around space technology’s contributions to better handling of the environmental and social challenges ahead. From how to build a stronger space infrastructure, how to put to good use Earth observation facts and make Earth green again, to using more the small satellites, everything was covered on conference’s first day of presentations.

When it comes to Norway specifically, it plans on connecting the Arctics region with satellites on high elliptical orbits and using the Andøya island as the launchpad for that.

Christian Hauglie-Hanssen, Strategies for the future presentation

Sky is not the limit any longer

The next day, the focus shifted toward the new moon race as the different state agencies and more companies invest massively into missions for moons and planets exploration. The presentations touched various subjects, from growing food in space, as it was done successfully, for 10 years already, and attempting the same on moons and planets, to building a base on the Moon and using its resources on Earth.

Gisela Detrell, From life support systems for Space to improved resource utilization on Earth presentation

Some might have already heard about Elon Musk’s Space X program of moving a group of people to Mars and have them live there completely self-sufficient.  One question that came to many participants’ minds was: Can the space industry do something to contribute to better resource handling?

Training for space missions with advanced computer simulation

PaleBlue’s presentation at the Spaceport event this year was under the umbrella of living, learning and working in space and how can science and technology make that happen.

Our lecture outlined the modern simulation and training tools found in the energy industry, and how these are becoming increasingly important in the aerospace industry. We believe these will greatly benefit the upcoming Moon and Mars missions.

Following the presentation, PaleBlue has taken a further discussion with Dr. Matthias Maurer, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. Our talk centered on how technologies like ours can enable next-generation astronaut training – and operations. We concluded that VR technology can become a key enabler for NASA and ESA’s goals in utilizing advanced technology.

With exploration going beyond the Moon and Mars missions in the near future and with the rising climate changes, the goal is to build products that use efficiently all data coming from space research. PaleBlue has accepted the challenge.