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IAA/NASRDA International Symposium on the Equatorial Plane: Attributes and Characteristics

November 30th - December 2nd, 2010

Abuja, Nigeria


Venue: NASRDA Conference Hall

Report

Final Program

1st Announcement and Call For Papers (Registration form)

organized by IAA/NASRDA
International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)
&
National Space Research & Development Agency (NASRDA)


The IAA/NASRDA International Symposium on the Equatorial Plane: Attributes and Characteristics

BACKGROUND
The classification of some orbits around the Earth into Elliptical, Equatorial and Sun-synchronous Polar orbits, beyond the three common classifications, namely, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO), the Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and the Geo-Synchronous Orbit (GEO), is dictated by the inclination of such orbits to the equator. Because different countries occupy different geographical locations on the globe, their use of the outer space environment and its resources, such as the Earth’s orbits, to meet their own needs, would vary. For most countries, such needs include the effective monitoring of their geographical space, scientific research and socio-economic development.

OBJECTIVES
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) of Nigeria will organise an International Symposium on the Equatorial Plane in Abuja, Nigeria from November 30 through December 2, 2010. The theme of the symposium is “Attributes and Characteristics.” The symposium topic and its theme also offer the equatorial and developing countries an opportunity to focus on a niche within the global space enterprise. A national or a regional space organisation can choose to make such a mark, beginning with how such an undertaking can enhance and advance development in the country or in the region. A case in point is the establishment of the Esrange Centre in Kiruna, Sweden. One of the unique attributes of the centre’s location is its closeness to the North Pole, an attribute that the centre has transformed into a very buoyant space-related research enterprise that is addressing a variety of the space needs of Europe and the global community. For example, because of its physical location, the centre, with its facilities, is able to receive most data from global polar orbiting Earth observing satellites, including the acquisition of data that often end up in a GPS device or in an atlas. The equator possesses comparable advantages which the countries within the equatorial and tropical belts need to understand, develop and utilise as their contributions to human exploration of outer space. That is the objective of this International Symposium on the Attributes and Characteristics of the Equatorial Plane – being cosponsored by Nigeria and the International Academy of Astronautics.

CALL FOR PAPERS
The symposium will bring together experts and representatives from the international community – from academia, research institutions, space establishments, the industry and governments to exchange information and discuss the current state and anticipated future developments of space exploration and utilization, including a focus on a unique contribution of the equatorial plane to the global space enterprise. Interested participants are invited to familiarise themselves with the key subjects of the symposium as shown below and to submit their 500 word abstract(s) to the symposium organisers in accordance with the schedules shown below:

The Symposium will focus on the following key subjects:

1. Observation of the Sun at the Equator – Comparative distinct advantages.

2. Space exploration and utilization - Overcoming the challenges within the equatorial plane and along each of its orbits. The resolution of these challenges precedes the harnessing of the opportunities provided by the plane’s attributes. Amongst these challenges is the development of human knowledge, through rigorous experiments, of the space environment within this plane and the impact of space weather on the space assets operating therein - at low, near, medium or high orbit. Solar coronal mass ejections and their associated shock waves are important drivers of space weather as they can compress the magnetosphere and trigger geomagnetic storms. Changing geomagnetic conditions can induce changes in atmospheric density causing the rapid degradation of spacecraft altitude in Low Earth orbit. Geomagnetic storms due to increased solar activity can potentially blind sensors aboard spacecraft, or interfere with on-board electronics. Specifically, the symposium would address current and future steps being taken to advance human scientific knowledge and understanding of the structure of lightening discharges and tropical storms including that of the equatorial electrojet and the equatorial ionosphere and their subsequent impact on human/machine while undertaking space exploration/activities within the equatorial plane.

3. Comparing the equatorial and polar orbits - What are the scientific, technological and cost comparisons between the use of the polar orbit and an equatorial orbit for earth observation satellites? How many satellites do we need to form a constellation that will reduce the revisit period to 24 hours? Issues of orbital congestion are equally of interest.

4. Learning from the experience of other countries and space-related entities that have acquired some knowledge of and gained some experience in the use of the equatorial orbits.

5. Development, funding and international marketing of an equatorial launching site by the equatorial countries. – Challenges and Opportunities.

6. Harnessing solar energy for earth-bound and space-based human needs.

SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION
Would your organization like to become a sponsor for the conference? Sponsors are solicited at the €3,000, €5,000 and €10,000 levels. Gold Sponsors Sponsors will be listed as one of the primary sponsors of the conference and names and logos will be prominently displayed on all conference materials. Gold Sponsors will receive five complementary registrations and a block-rate registration fee of $150 per person for up to ten employees. Silver Sponsors Sponsors will be listed as sponsors and names and logos will be prominently displayed on hall conference materials. Silver Sponsors will receive two complementary registrations and a block rate fee of $150 per person for up to five employees. Bronze Sponsors Sponsors will be listed as sponsors and names and logos will be prominently displayed on all conference materials. Bronze Sponsors will receive one complementary registration and a block-rate registration fee of $150 per person for up to two employees.

PAPER FORMAT
An abstract of not more than 500 words in an extended abstract form, should be submitted to the International Programme Committee not later than 15th July, 2010. Prospective participants will be informed of the acceptance of their abstracts on or before 15th August, 2010. Full papers, not more than 12 pages of A4 size on font 12 of accepted abstracts in both power point and word format should be received by the programme committee, with a modified abstract, if necessary, on or before the 31st of October, 2010. Abstracts should be submitted in, Microsoft Word (12 point Times New Roman), with bolded headings, author/s name, e-mail and affiliation at the top. All abstracts to be forwarded to the contact addresses.

CONTACTS

General Secretary: Jide AJAYI,
National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja-Nigeria.
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Phone: 234-802-340-1381, 234-807-584-9733 or 234-(9)-2342203; Fax: +234-(9)-4132624

Local Organising Committee Chairman: Mr F. D. Chizea
National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja-Nigeria.
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Phone: +2348023126768
 
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