Alexander Gerst is on board the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the current European “ISS Horizon” mission, with responsibilities that involve a total of 35 experiments from a number of universities and research institutes in the fields of medicine, biology and physics.
Areas of research in the field of nanotechnology are defined as those that deal with particles and structures with sizes ranging from individual atoms up to 100 nanometres. Within that range, it is possible to create a principled distinction between the manipulation of a nanoscale material structure (nanostructures), or whether the research deals with complete objects with overall sizes that remain within nanoscale boundaries (nano-objects).
Buzzwords like Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0 are everywhere, but are often used imprecisely and in a way that lacks substance. As part of the “Digital Implementation” event organised by ARTS in late June, a specialist audience was able to see for themselves, with specific examples from the worlds of space and aviation and best practice demonstrations, what digitalisation can mean in concrete terms. Experts from ARTS and manaTec provided an insight into some of their current projects and were also available for questions and discussions after their presentations.
Nanosatellites are in the process of fundamentally changing communications in space. By positioning hundreds of small satellites in space, it will be possible to create a broad network of information systems around the earth to revolutionise data gathering. Even journeys to distant solar systems now seem to be more than a distant pipe dream in light of the highly promising characteristics of these miniature satellites.