Kyutech Scientist visited EORC

Written by Alemiye Mamo on .

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.