World-leading scientists will push the boundaries of studies on how to deflect asteroids and manipulate space debris, as the University of Strathclyde gets set to transform international space research.
Led by Strathclyde, the Stardust program -- the first research-based training network of its kind -- boasts some of the world's foremost experts in the field and aims to protect the planet and space assets from catastrophic impacts.
An opening training school, being held at the University from 18-22 November, is the first step for postgraduate researchers in the Stardust initiative that will train the next generation of scientists, engineers and policy-makers from a pool of more than 100 highly-qualified applicants.
Professor Massimiliano Vasile, of the University of Strathclyde's Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, is leading Stardust. He said: "Stardust provides us with a fantastic opportunity to take forward the research capabilities we have and inspire the next generation of researchers in the field. It will push the boundaries of space research with innovative ideas and visionary concepts.
"Asteroids and space debris represent a significant hazard for space and terrestrial assets and it is becoming clear that the increasing population of space debris could lead to catastrophic consequences. But asteroids and space debris may also represent an opportunity if we had the technology to exploit them, for example debris recycling or asteroid mining. Stardust is bringing together experts from across the world to advance research and find solutions to these challenges.
"This week-long school is the opening event in the Stardust programme and the researchers who will be training are among the best students in the world. They will study a variety of topics and attend lectures delivered by leading figures in aerospace engineering, physics, computer science and applied mathematics, coming from across Europe, USA and Japan."
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