An Astronautical Engineering Scientist from Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech),Japan visited EORC
Dr.John Polansky, who is deputy manager of Kyutech’s HORYU-4 nano-satellite project and responsible for project based learning(PBL), international collaboration and outreach at Kyushu Institute of
Technology (Kyutech),Japan, visited EORC on April 24, 2015 based on the joint collaboration of satellite development & research program between Entoto Observatory & Research center (EORC), Ethiopia and Kyutech, Japan.
During his visit Dr.John gave public lecture for EORC & AAIT engineering staff and students on Satellite technology in general and space Engineering program at Kyutech in particular.
In his first talk 'about satellite and satellite technology', Dr.John has briefly described about satellite and its application in general for different purposes such as communication, remote sensing and Navigation. He then continued discussing about the current status and development of Nano-satellites and its advantage in terms of low cost investment.
He underline the advantage of small-satellites over big satellites for countries like Ethiopia who are located in a geographically advantageous position in utilizing space with low cost in investment, launching, and development period. He explained the advantage of nano-satellite development technology by stating that though a single nano-satellite by itself cannot do anything as compared with larger size however a number of small satellites known as constellation of satellites can do a lot with large area coverage and continuous access. He further mentioned that there are only two places on Earth that can achieve continuous coverage and access with relatively low cost with single orbital plane: polar region and equatorial region such as Ethiopia.
In his second talk he briefly described about the newly launched English based Space Engineering International Course (SEIC) of master and Phd training at Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) since 2013. He explained that the postgraduate program is project-based learning (PBL), and on-the-job training in space environment testing and open for any student, Japanese or non-Japanese, who registers as a full-time graduate student at the Graduate School of Engineering.
Dr.John further gave updates of the United Nations/Japan long-term fellowship program on SEIC and Nano-satellite activities at Kyutech and he clearly clarify how Ethiopian Engineering student can be benefited from this program in terms of scholarship ,student exchange, short-term trainings and internship.
Dr.John summarized his talk by saying that Ethiopia's geographically location is very good in developing satellite and utilizing satellite services and he put forward the ideas of developing equatorial constellation nano-satellite as a best strategy to start satellite development in Ethiopia with low cost investment. He finally said that his institute (Kyutech) is keen in helping Ethiopia in satellite development program by training students and staffs of EORC in space engineering at kyutech and want to scale up their collaboration to run their program jointly with EORC in future.
Dr.Solomon Belay, Director of EORC , thanks Dr.John and his institute cooperation in assisting EORC in space engineering training. He further said that in discussion with Dr.John, EORC and Kyutech have agreed and reached on consensus to train EORC students at MSC and PHD level at Kyutech by one to one basis, that is one student will be sponsored by Kyutech and one student will be supported by EORC .
Dr.Solomon finally conclude that the collaboration between EORC & Kyutech is very important for EORC to strengthen its capacity building in terms of manpower in Satellite technology development and hopes to go further in running space engineering training program together with Kyutech in long term plan.