Ad Astra
Volume 15, Number 1 January/February 2003

Space Technology for Developing Nations Conference

To help commemorate the Annual World Space Week celebration, a special conference entitled “Space Technology for Developing Nations” was held on Friday, 4 October 2002 at New York University. This very comprehensive daylong space conference was co-sponsored by the New York City Chapter of the National Space Society,, the NYU Graduate Science & Environmental Reporting Program and the Space Transportation Association with active participation from the United Nations (Ms. Amanda Moore, the official U.N. Representative for the National Space Society was in attendance). Also in attendance among the approximately 25 people present at the conference were N.S.S. New York City Chapter President Elaine Walker, Arthur Smith, president of the newly formed Long Island Space Society and John Pazmino, former president of the New York Amateur Astron-omers’ Association and current Board member.

The conference consisted of five discussion panels debating a wide range of various subjects and topics concerning the current state of worldwide space technology. There were some lively spirited discussions during many of the debates, which were followed up by a question-and-answer session with the audience. The speakers on each discussion panel were very impressive and consisted of various entrepreneurs, scholars, space advocates and authors. Among the many distinguished speakers attending the conference were Taylor Dinerman, Founder of, Pat Bahn, Klaus Heiss, Ed Hudgins, Pascal Lee, Tom Olsen and Paul Contursi, President of the Mars Society of New York.

The main subjects and topics discussed at this very comprehensive space conference included Precision Global Positioning Satellite (G.P.S.), Agriculture & Space Solar Power, Space Law & Remote Sensing, Distance Learning, Planetary Explora-tion by Developing Nations, Telecom-munications & the Digital Divide & Space Technology and the Future of Humanity as a Whole.

The conference officially opened with an introduction by Taylor Dinerman briefly explaining and outlining the various subjects and topics that would be discussed and debated by each panel. The first panel discussion centered on how political and religious barriers in various third world and underdeveloped countries can be overcome to provide farmers with state-of-the-art G.P.S. (Global Positioning Satellite) agriculture technology through a coordinated central agency. The numerous principles of Space Law & Remote Sensing were debated. The future use of various helioelectric satellites to harness and convert solar energy to electricity, suborbital espionage rockets and sophisticated spy satellites was extensively discussed.

Perhaps the most lively and spirited debate of the conference was the discussion regarding Space Technology & the Future of Humanity as a Whole. The history and motivation of the U. S. Space Exploration Program was examined in detail. The feasibility of somehow getting developing countries involved with the human exploration of Mars and establishing a permanent presence in space was also discussed and debated.

The conference concluded with some closing remarks from the distinguished speakers, who were then invited to attend a special reception at the nearby Miracle Grille.

For addidional information contact Gene Cervone at (718) 272-4438

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