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space technologies have become ubiquitous: A life without global communication links, satellite navigation or current weather data seems hard to imagine. At a congress in advance of the International Astronautical Congress other applications of space technologies were at the weekend in Toronto discussed for the benefit of the people.
From 26 to 28 September 2014 was held in advance of this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto, Canada, now in its 24th year, the workshop “Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits” instead.[View full size]
From the 26 . until September 28, 2014 was held in advance of this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto, Canada, now in its 24th year, the workshop “Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits” instead. The workshop is jointly organized by the United Nations (UN) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and dealt this year with the question of how space technologies to address pressing human challenges in areas such as health and can help the environment.
focus was on developing countries and the world’s oceans with their global ship traffic. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) debated with representatives from science, industry and society, developing individual solutions before. The DLR researchers, together with partners in the project “Research and Development for Maritime security and the real-time services”. It brings its expertise in the fields of aeronautics, space and transport research. The DLR research network Maritime Security consists of four research sites on the DLR sites Braunschweig, Bremen, and Neustrelitz Oberpfaffenhofen.
“technologies from the space exploration and earth observation and communications satellites provide new opportunities for maritime security”, explains Prof. Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR. “Already, these systems play a crucial role, which must develop it based on concrete needs of society, space technologies are used to make maritime transport and international sea trade more efficiently and safely..”
Also, the use of marine resources or greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from shipping can be monitored. The derivation of meteo-marine parameters such as sea state, current or wind conditions, from radar satellite data (SAR) can be used not only for navigation but also for coastal protection or the search and optimization of sites for offshore wind farms.
Some 95 percent of the distance freight transport in world trade are handled via the waterway. However, the growth of the industry involves risks: The waters are always more heavily traveled, endangers modern piracy in some areas of the world maritime trade. Pollution as illegal Ölverklappen on the high seas are the norm.
The organized with the participation of UN workshop in Toronto gathered in about 40 presentations of innovative ideas and projects that were evaluated at the end of the three day event organized by a committee and prepared for a final panel discussion.<- Table Discuss in Forum Layout_003 -> <- table links in the WWW Layout_007 ->