A space science/business conference in Kraków

Invited Speakers

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Gen. Mirosław Hermaszewski – the first Polish astronaut
Prof. Marek Banaszkiewicz – Space Research Centre (CBK) of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)
Prof. Piotr Wolański – Institute of Heat Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Prof. Jacek KrełowskiTorun Centre for Astronomy of the Nicolaus Copernicus University
professor of astronomy, more info: http://sun.astri.uni.torun.pl/~jacek/
Talk: Dark Matter – truth or myth?
Abstract: The mysterious Dark Matter is currently being called the Saint Graal of science. The estimates of its mass give the values many times higher than that of the „traditional” baryonic matter. Such a huge mass must play a crucial role in all conceivable models of spiral galaxies and the Universe. However, all attempts to detect this material directly (not via its gravity but due to either absorption or emission of electromagnetic radiation) failed – this is why it is called „Dark”. The crucial evidence of the Dark Matter follows flat rotation curves of spiral galaxies. In the case of our Milky Way this means constant orbital velocity of all objects outside the solar orbit. One of the main sources of uncertainty while building such a curve for our Milky Way system follows the distance measurements. The other follows uncertain radial velocities of the observed stars as the rotation curve depicts a relation between distance and radial velocity.
Ph.D.,Dr.Sc., Ltn.Col. Ret. Jerzy Achimowicz
Military Institute of Aviation Medicine (WIML), Polish Air Force
– Numerical Weather Forecast Center, Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW), Warsaw, Poland
Research Professor at WIML Flight Safety Division
Research Professor at IMGW Numerical Weather Forecast Center in Warsaw
Dr Jerzy Z. Achimowicz is an expert on application of digital signal processing (DSP) of spontaneous (EEG) and evoked (ERP) brain electric activity for basic and applied brain research. He holds a European patent for quantitative EEG analysis (Brain Mapping). Dr Achimowicz is a team member on a joint European Space Agency (ESA) experiment which started on ISS in 2009 and is currently continued. The experiment titled “The effect of gravitational context on EEG dynamics. A study of spatial cognition, novelty processing and sensorimotor integration (NEUROSPAT) may provide better insight to the mechanisms of altered working capacity particularly at early stages of space adaptation. His current interests are in developing new DSP algorithms for objective measures of mental workload and mood using multiple physiologic measures.
He received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Warsaw Technical University and Dr Sc. in neurophysiology from the Polish Academy of Sciences, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw. Achimowicz retired from the Polish Air Force in 1996 after 19 years of active service in WIML.
Maciej UrbanowiczSSBV Aerospace & Technology Group
Chairman of the conference and the constructor of the first polish satellite PW-SAT.
Ph.D. Joanna Molenda-ŻakowiczAstronomical Institute of the Wroclaw University
My work concerns ground-based observations of stars in the field of view of the space telescope Kepler. I am also a coordinator of an FP7 project dedicated to Kepler. In free time, I practice tai-chi.
Talk: Somewhere to fly
Abstract: The days when suborbital flights or excursions to the Moon will be part of our work or leisure activity are close. An advent of new techniques allowing us to explore the Solar System efficiently is also approaching. Eventually, also the extrasolar planets may be within our reach. Are we ready for that opportunity? Do we know where to fly and which places to avoid? Answers to those questions have been provided by the Kepler mission and will be outlined in this presentation.
Ph.D. Bogdan WszołekJan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa (AJD), president of the Astronomia Nova association
Astronomer, founder and the first president of the Astronomia Nova Association, owner of a private astronomical observatory in Rzepiennik Biskupi.
Talk: Revitalization of radiotelescopes from Psary
Abstract: In 2010 four radiotelescopes were dismounted in Psary with hope that they will be again fully valuable instruments for radioastronomy and/or for communication with space devices. Dishes of anthenas have diameters: 9, 13, 13 and 16 meters. Two of four anthenas are already built in Rzepiennik Biskupi (RT-9) and in Częstochowa (RT-13). The instalation of the other RT-13 was started in Wieruszów. We welcome specialists to come into cooperation with us to make use of these instruments as soon as possible.
Ph.D. Krzysztof Kanawkakosmonauta.net
Ph.D. Radosław SmolecNicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (CAMK) in Warsaw, PAN
I am astrophysicist working on stellar pulsation and stellar evolution theories. My research is focused on non-linear modelling of large amplitude pulsators, Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars.
Talk: Science with the Polish BRITE satellites
Abstract: By the end of 2013 two Polish BRITE satellites, Lem and Heweliusz, will be launched. These 20cm x 20cm x 20cm Canadian-design nanosatellites will join the 2 Austrian BRITEs (in orbit) and 2 Canadian (to be launched) and will form a constellation of six satellites following the light variability (oscillations) of the brightest stars in the sky. Study of stellar oscillations with BRITE satellites will be helpful in understanding the internal structure of the stars, in particular the mechanisms of convection. The BRITE program is not only an unprecedented opportunity for Polish science, but will also contribute to the development of industry and technology as the two satellites are integrated in Poland and many of the Heweliusz components are of Polish design.
Ph.D. Paweł Lejba – Borowiec Astrogeodynamic Observatory (OAG Borowiec), CBK, PAN
I’m a physicist working at Borowiec Astrogeodynamic Observatory (near Poznan). I specialize in Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) technique and in some problems concerning the precise atomic time transfer.
Talk: Satellite Laser Ranging technique today and in the future.
Abstract: Today there are 46 satellites and lunar panels equipped with special retroreflectors and observed by network of Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) stations administrated by International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS). To the group of several dozens stations belongs one polish station located at Borowiec Astrogeodynamic Observatory which is a part of Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS). The SLR technique is dedicated basically to all satellite missions addicted to dynamic processes within the Earth’s, and on and above its surface. The SLR technique is a great support also for global navigation satellite systems like GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, Galileo, Beidou and IRNSS. A wide spectrum of SLR applications cause a very considerable and interesting future and a huge challenge for satellite laser observations.
Ph.D. Michele ArmanoAstronomy Centre of the European Space Agency (ESAC), Madrid, Spain
Scientist at ESA. Operations specialist for the instrument calibration and science of the LPF, specialist in Gravitational Waves and Cosmology. Data analyst, spokesman for the LPF collaboration.
Talk: The LISA and LISA Pathfinder Missions: Science and Operations Scenario
Abstract: The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) was a formerly approved joint ESA-NASA mission for gravitational astronomy and cosmology. Redesigned as the New Gravitational Observatory (NGO) it is now awaiting re-approval. Ground testing continues to define feasibility and reduce risks is in progress as NGO relies on technologies never flown before in space environments. A proper off-ground validation was seen as mandatory: the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) is planned to be flown by the end of 2015. The main task of LPFis to collect a noise picture in environmental conditions similar to those of NGO and to test the drag-free techniques mimicking free-fall. I will describe the NGO apparatus and show its qualities as gravitational signal instrument in the low frequency bandwidth, sketching the science it could do and that is unachievable on ground due to Newtonian noise barriers. I shall also show why LPF is a breakthrough of its own on the side of engineering and on that of space operations too.
Ph.D. Łukasz KaczmarekDepartment of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań
I’m a zoologist and my interests focus on taxonomy and ecology of water bears (Tardigrada). Additionally I’m working on some fields of astrobiology, especially in the context of extreme ecosystems.
Talk: „Meet the Space” with the tardigrades
Abstract: Water bears (Tardigrada) are small invertebrates (ca. 50-2100 micrometers) which can be find widely throughout the world. Currently tardigrades are considered to be one of the hardiest of metazoans on the Earth. In spite of a small size of tardigrades, their body plan is complex, with well structured head, four pairs of legs.
Ph.D. Andrzej Kotarba – Space Research Centre (CBK) of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN); the AstroNautilus magazine
M.Sc. Milena Ratajczak – Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC) in Toruń, PAN
Talk: Hunting for Planets
Abstract: In recent years, the search for distant planets has risen to the rank of the most popular field of astronomy among amateur astronomers as well as professional researchers. Each month brings new breakthrough discoveries, with almost a thousand exoplanets having been identified so far. Contribution of outstanding Polish projects to the field is significant and thus worth to share with the public.
Adam Ustynowicz – artist, film maker
Talk: „Chopin – The Space Concert” – film presentation
Sharing the beauty of Earth –
the most romantic mission in the history of spaceflight.
Abstract: In February 8th, 2010, after a spectacular night lift-off, the Space Shuttle STS-130
Endeavour climbed into orbit to deliver final construction elements to the International
Space Station (ISS). During the two week mission, the crew of Endeavour installed the
Italian-built Tranquility node and the seven-window Cupola.
Designed as a central command post for the station’s robotic work, the Cupola provides
the crews of ISS with a magnificent panorama of Earth.
Thanks to the advanced imagery technologies, astronauts are able to share with us
stunning pictures of the Earth. But how to share the awe and wonder? High resolution
pictures can’t tell us about the emotions of astronauts who watch this magnificent view.
To share the beauty of Earth is not just to present a slide show of pictures, but to share the
emotions of the astronauts.
Many months before the Endeavour’s lift off, this question was discussed by three friends –
Dr. Scott E. Parazynski, Col. George D. Zamka – NASA astronauts of Polish ancestry and Adam Ustynowicz, Polish film producer and director. Ustynowicz tried to convince astronauts that the music of Frederic Chopin is the best way to express the excitement, friendship, separation, and wonder which accompanied the astronauts during the space flight.
The music was performed by Karol Radziwonowicz, who after his concert in Carnegie Hall
in 2001 was proclaimed by American critics as „a torchbearer of the Chopin and
Paderewski tradition”. Three pieces for orchestra were performed by young, very talented
musicians from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, conducted by Tomasz