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Keck Institute for Space Studies Short Course: “Airships: A New Horizon for Science”

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in News

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Keck Institute for Space Studies Short Course: “Airships: A New Horizon for Science”

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) invites all interested researchers, faculty and students to attend the following short course:

Airships: A New Horizon for Science
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
7:45 a.m. — Coffee and refreshments
8:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  — Short Course
Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill Building – Caltech
1216 E California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125

Introducing Key Science Opportunities from Airships in —
·         Earth Sensing and Atmospheric Science – Randall Friedl (JPL)
·         Planetary and Small Bodies Science – Geoff Blake (Caltech)
·         Astrophysics – Mike Werner (JPL) / Paul Goldsmith (JPL)

And an Overview of the Complementarity and Advantages of Airships as a Science Platform from:
·         Robert Fesen (Dartmouth)
·         Steven Lord (Caltech/IPAC)
·         Jens Kauffmann (Caltech), and
·         Sarah Miller (Caltech/UCR)

We also invite all members of the scientific community to submit poster abstracts to sbryant [at] caltech [dot] edu by April 19th for a poster session to be held during an informal lunch for all short course attendees.

Posters should present ideas for unique science which could take advantage of airship platforms operating at low (<20,000 ft.), medium (20-40,000 ft) or high altitude (+60,000 ft). This includes any mission concepts or components which can take advantage of airship flight longevity (weeks to years at a time), payload flexibility and secure recovery, maneuverability, and ease of communication/data-retrieval, whether in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Solar Science, Planetary Science, Astrophysics, Cosmology, and/or Gravitational Wave Physics.

Students and postdocs are especially encouraged to submit poster abstracts.

An informal lunch will be provided to all short course attendees. There is no fee to attend, and no registration is required.  More detailed schedule information for the short course is available here: http://kiss.caltech.edu/study/airship/index.html.