Introduction to Rocket and Satellite Engineering
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About the International Online Certificate Program
On the 12th of April the whole world celebrates the day of aviation and cosmonautics — a memorable date dedicated to the first human flight into space. This is a special day — the day of the triumph of science and all those who work in the space industry today.
On this day All-Russian science Festival NAUKA 0+ (one of the largest social projects in Russia in the field of science popularization, organized with the support of the Ministry of science and higher education of the Russian Federation, Lomonosov Moscow state University, Moscow Government, Russian Academy of Sciences) launches an International Online Certificate Program "Introduction to Rocket and Satellite Engineering" (April 12-17, 2020)

What you can learn
Basics of rocket and satellite systems, their functions and features
Basics of remote sensing
Fundamentals of materials science for space
Research methods in space flights Experience
Fundamentals of health protection in space
Space educational technologies
Fundamental aspects of international space law
More lectures
you can find at our Youtube channel.
This distance learning course will be useful and interesting for engineers, managers, teachers and specialists in the space industry, decision makers at the state level and in the aerospace fields, enthusiasts in the field of space exploration, and students over 14 years of age.
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Prof. Wu Ji answers to his questions,
given after his lecture "Space Science in China"
Question 1: What do you think is the most important selection criterion for space science mission proposals?

Answer: There are in fact two criteria, they are:
1) The impact and ambitions of the scientific objectives, i.e. whether a mission aims at major science challenges, and the potential breakthroughs can fundamentally change human's understanding of natural laws;
2) The involvement of excellent science teams in achieving those goals, i.e. whether a mission is support by a significant number of high-quality researchers involved in analyzing the data and using the scientific observation and experiment capacity of the platform, thus producing large amounts of good science.

Where the first one is certainly more important, but it is really difficult to such proposal with feasible technical means. Therefore the second criterion comes. However, if a mission proposal meets both. It will certainly get the priority to be selected.

More reads to the question, please find in the references below:
[1] Ji Wu, R. Bonnet, Maximize the impacts of space science. Nature, 2017, 551: 435-436.
[2] Ji Wu and A. Gimenez, On the Maximization of the Science Output of Space Missions, Vol.216, Issue 1, Article 3, February, 2020

Question 2: Why space science is important to a country and how much percentage it should take in its overall space budget?

Answer: There are three different kinds of space activities for a country in civil space sector. They are Space Science, Space Technology and Space Applications. Space Science is what we are talking about, focusing on discoveries with space missions in the areas of space astronomy, solar and space physics, solar system exploration/planetary science, space earth science, fundamental physics, microgravity experiments in orbit, space life science. Space technology is investment in launcher and spacecraft technology. Space applications are operational mission for whether forecast, ocean and land remote sensing, telecommunication and broadcasting satellites, navigation satellites, etc., missions that with useful application objectives. According to the NASA budget, space science takes around 30% of its budget. At ESA, it is similar. If only space astronomy, solar and space physics and fundamental physics are concerned, it takes around 15% of this overall budget. In the developing countries like China and India, the percentage is much small, as less as 2-5%. However, as I said in the lecture, in recent years, the investment in space science in China is improving. The goal is to reach 15% by 2030.

Learn more about space activities in Chine please read:
[1] Brian Harvey, China in Space - The Great Leap Forward, Springer, Chichester, UK, 2013
[2] Bao Weimin, et al, History of Chinese Astronautics, IAA Book Series, Vol.4 History of Space, No.1, http:/

Prof. Wu Ji
National Space Science Center (NSSC, CAS), Beijing, China. Vice-president of Committee for Space Research (COSPAR)
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Meet our Speakers
Kip Thorne
American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate, known for his contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics.
Natan Eismont
Head Scientist,
Space Research Institute (IKI) of Russian Academy of Sciences.
Wu Ji
Former Director-General and Professor at National Space Science Center (NSSC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), President of Chinese Society of Space Research
Alessandro Golkar
Associate Professor and Technology Development Director at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech). Russia
Agata Kołodziejczyk
Director of Scientific Projects, Analog Astronaut Training Center, Poland; Director (Advanced Concepts) VallesMarineris, India
Dmitri Petelin
Test Cosmonaut, Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center,
State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS
Ivan Oseledets
Full Professor, Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech). Russia
Ivan Shekov
Head of the "Space systems" laboratory of the project laboratories Department of the "Talent and success" Educational Foundation.
Jayakumar Venkatesan
Chief Executive Officer, Valles Marineris, India; Deputy Chairman, International Academy of Space Law, Russia; Chief Technology Officer, Synergy Moon, USA
Raghavendra Belur Jana
Senior Research Scientist, Skoltech Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE), Russia
Jayaraman Kandaswamy
Visiting professor, TUBITAK research fellow, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Director (Propulsion Systems), VallesMarineris, India
Reshetov Vladimir
Professor, Office of Academic Programs: Division of Laser and Plasma Technologies (412) / Institute of Laser and Plasma Technologies, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI
Igor Tirsky
Engineer, Popularizer of astronomy and cosmonautics, graduate Of the aerospace Institute of MAI, co-author and host of the podcast "The Space Case", author of the projects LifeStyleAstronomy and WhereIsPluto
Valentin Uvarov
Deputy Head of the Center Center for Industry Communications of Central Research Institute for Machine Building (TsNIIMASH JSC), Member of the RAS Council on Outer Space
Vitaliy Egorov
Analyst and Popularizer of space research, blogger Zelenyikot, administrator of popular science groups Vkontakte Open space and Curiosity-Rover. Public relations specialist for the private space company "Dauria Aerospace"

Mark Serov
Test Cosmonaut at S7 Space, Russia. Earlier was deputy commander of RSC Energiya cosmonaut detachment and engineer at RKK Energia in charge of ergomonics of the new manned spacecraft "Federatsiya"
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