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An Amazing Lecture by Jose Sergio Almeida (INPE/Brazil)
Posted: 19 March, 2015

An Amazing Lecture by Jose Sergio Almeida (INPE/Brazil)

On Wednesday at the SoHo co-working space in Sofia, Dr. Jose Sergio Almeida, an expert from the Integration and Testing Laboratory (LIT) of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) institute of Brazil gave an illuminating talk entitled “Introduction to Spacecraft Technologies”. The lecture hall of SoHo was filled to the brink with people eager to learn about the technologies involved in producing and operating artificial satellites and other spacecraft.

Dr. Almeida first gave an overview of a spacecraft launch. He then went in serious detail explaining the stages of production and utilization of spacecraft, from the mission specifics and preliminary design, to the utilization and ways to discard them. He described the different kinds of tests that are necessary to perform in order to qualify spacecraft for launch. Dr. Almeida then went over the many different applications of modern spacecraft – on Earth as well as throughout the Solar System.

These included the ISS, GPS and Earth Observation satellites, interplanetary probes, Mars and cometary lander, and others. It was a fantastic experience! Stay tuned for Mr. Almeida’s series of lectures, which will come online later in the Spring, only on Space Challenge’s online library!


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