[Cork, August 2nd 2017]
This Summer CIT’s Blackrock Castle Observatory and Ireland are playing host to the International Space University’s Space Studies Program (SSP) 2017 – SSP17. This intense and unique program brings together over 100 of the world’s future space leaders from over 30 different countries for an educational experience like no other. To teach these professionals, over 200 of the worldâ€™s top Astronauts, Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Engineers, Artists and International University Faculty members are currently in Ireland and bringing the participants on a whirlwind educational adventure through all the space related fields from Engineering, Science and Applications to Law, Business, Humanities and Human Performance in outer space.
Yesterday, HALPIN and the Irish Naval Service did their part to support SSP17 by hosting 30 members of the SSP Space Applications Team for a day long series of activities designed to introduce SSP17 attendees to the maritime world and particularly how we use unmanned and autonomous air, surface and subsea systems and technology to gather data from our oceans and seas. Our visitors were treated to a tour of Haulbowline Island, home of the Irish Naval Service, where they learned both about the island’s wonderful history and how it is today an active military base that is a national hub for maritime activity. They had the opportunity to see the technology and systems used by the Naval Service Diving section in their work including ROVs and AUVs, they visited the Fisheries Management Centre (FMC) where they were briefed on fisheries protection and regulations enforcement and saw how space technology is playing a critical role in ensuring European fisheries are put on a sustainable footing. A tour of the naval vessel L.E. Niamh followed where the SSP17 attendees discussed with the crew the various operations they undertake, the ship’s experiences on Operation Pontus, the humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean and some of the challenges faces by ship’s crews that might be addressed with the application of innovative technologies under development in the space sector.
SSP17 After lunch, the SSP17 visitors joined with the HALPIN team and Naval Service personnel for an interactive and engaging workshop on how the space and mariitme sectors are similar and different and how each sector could assist and support the other with aspects of technology transfer, business development, technology and human performance matters. HALPIN researchers briefed the SSP17 team on a number of our current and past projects including CINMARs, SEASEARCH, SYNCHRO-NET, SEDNA, AEOLUS-2 and ARCOPOL-PLATFORM. A very engaging, enjoyable and informative experience was had by all. Our thanks to the Naval Service for hosting the event.