March Monthly Meeting
Monday, 12 March
“Moon Mars Villages with Robotics,
Artificial Intelligence and Humans”
Presented by Prof Bernard Foing
European Space Agency (ESA)
European Space research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)
Marriott Hotel, The Hague
Johan de Wittlaan 30
2517 JR The Hague
Registration from 09:30
Opening meeting at 10:00
From Central Station: Bus 24 or Tram 1 & 16 (stop World Forum)
From Hollands Spoor: Tram 16
Parking: € 4
A flotilla of Moon and Mars orbiters has flown in the last decade, and we have had Moon and Mars landers and rovers in operation. What is next for Moon & Mars? “MoonMars”- Village Workshops were held at inter-national symposia and in collaboration with universities or institutes and a Euro “MoonMars” field campaign was conducted in earth extreme
conditions. The “MoonMars”- Village workshops include planetary and life sciences, astronomy, fundamental research, resources utilisation, human spaceflight, peaceful cooperation, economical development, inspiration, training and capacity building.
A number of MoonMars – Village activities are planned. They will rely both on robots, artificial intelligence and human-tendered structures to achieve sustainable surface operations serving multiple purposes on an open-architecture basis. This initiative should rally all communities (across disciplines, nations, industries), and could make it to the top of the agendas as a scientific and technological undertaking but also political & inspirational endeavour of the XXI century.
Prof. Bernard H. Foing is Senior Advisor to ESA Director General, space scientist, technologist and explorer (ESA-ESTEC), Executive Director of ILEWG. He has been co-Investigator of space missions SOHO, XMM, BIOPAN, Mars Express, COROT, Expose on ISS International Space Station, ExoMars. He is former Chair of ESA-ESTEC Staff Assoc.
Committee & has worked at ESA ESTEC as Chief scientist, Head of the Research Division, father and project scientist of SMART-1 (first ESA mission to the Moon, launched in 2003), study and staff scientist. He is special research professor at Vrije Universiteit. Amsterdam and Florida Tech, and has developed a number of programmes involving young
professionals such as ExoGeoLab and ExoHab projects, Euro MoonMars field simulations campaigns and MoonVillage Workshops. He obtained a PhD in Astrophysics and Space Techniques in France/USA using a sounding rocket. He worked 3 years in Chile as astronomer for European Southern Observatory. He has published over 730 articles, including 210 referred papers, edited 20 books, and organized over 60 international conferences and symposia in space science and technology, Moon-Mars exploration, astrophysics, astrobiology and instrumentation. He is full member of the Int. Academy of Astronautics, COSPAR assoc. and vice-chair of IAF ITACCUS Committee on Social and Cultural Utilisation of Space. He is also member of ESTE space strings, ESTEC4Jazzy and Wassenaar.