Newsletter No. 9 - Winter 2014
Conference: Environmental Change and its Impact on Birds and Their Migration Habits
The Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies hosted the international conference on "Climatic Change and Its Impact on Birds and Their Migration Habits."
Partnering with the Israel Nature Society, the University of Tel Aviv, the Ministry of the Environment, the German Embassy in Israel, and the Hoopoe Foundation, the full day seminar attracted leading scientific experts from Germany, Holland, Jordan and the USA who joined colleagues from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University and the Department of the Environment at the Fisher Institute's headquarters to share research studies and information regarding the future of bird populations across the globe. The German Ambassador to Israel was also in attendance.
Fisher Delegation at the International Astronautics Conference in Canada
The Fisher Institute registered an unprecedented attendance at the International Astronautics Conference which took place this year in September in Canada. Each year the International Astronautics Federation convenes a conference. The Fisher Institute is a relatively new member, having joined the Federation in 2013. In addition to its booth at the exhibition, which the Institute was joined by representatives from ImageSet, Ramon Chips, the Institute for Space Research at the Technion and Effective Space Solutions, the Institute presented three research papers within the framework of the conference. Fisher Institute representatives were invited to participate in the Federation's Asia-Pacific Research Group. Next year's conference is scheduled to take place in Jerusalem.
The Institute's official delegation comprised Managing Director of the Fisher Institute, Brigadier-General (Res.) Asaf Agmon, Head of the Space and UAV Research Center, Tal Inbar, Head of Aviation Research Center, Eran Ramot, and Administrative Director of the Institute, Mira Kravis Hananiya. Following the close of the conference, the delegation was invited to the Washington Institute and the Rand Institute in Washington, NASA in Washington, the Goddard Space Center in Maryland, and had the opportunity to meet with the Organization for the Advancement of Defense Against Missile Attacks in the US. In addition, the delegates enjoyed specially guided tours of the Air & Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institute and work meetings with the Museum's Directorship.
Fisher Institute Seminar at the Washington Institute and the Rand Institute:
Head of Aviation Research Center and Head of UAV Research Center of the Fisher Institute presented detailed overviews of the air force power during Operation Protective Edge. Discussions with the Fisher Institute delegation took place with tens of Rand researchers, USAF members and their colleagues from Rand Institute's Santa Monica office via a conference call. At the Washington Institute senior researchers, under the auspices of Michael Eizenstadt, Director of Military and Security Research participated. Among the many subjects covered was also the participation of research institute members in the Fisher Institute's National Security conference, as well as maintaining ongoing dialogue and conducting joint research projects.
Presentation and Meetings at NASA, Washington:
At NASA headquarters in Washington, the Fisher Delegation met with the heads of the Orion Program and SLS, NASA's future human manned space station and enormous launcher which is being designed specifically for this purpose. The delegation was treated to a presentation of NASA's new micro-satellite developments. In addition, Fisher Institute delegation met with a senior director of NASA's educational program. The groups explored the possibility of conducting joint projects, within the framework of the International Ilan Ramon Space Conference or other frameworks.
Demonstrations and Discussions at Goddard Space Center, Maryland:
This is one of the oldest and largest of America's space research centers. The Fisher Institute delegation enjoyed a tour of the facilities and met with the Vice Director of the Goddard Space Center, senior scientists and engineers. At the outset, the delegation was privileged to visit control stations where a number of space research projects, largely of earth and one of the moon, are being conducted. The delegation also visited clean rooms where five research satellites are being simultaneously built, as well as the experimental facilities. The delegation met with the Head of the James Webb Space Telescope Project, and viewed its mirror system. In the laboratory for detectors research and development, the delegation saw up close the development of micro-detectors which will be used by NASA's future space telescope. The tour was not quite done… as delegates had an opportunity to also see the advanced capabilities within a multi-dimensional presentation of data fusion gathered from satellites.
Meeting with the Organization for the Advancement of Defense Against Missiles, USA:
Fisher Institute delegates met with Ricki Alison, founder and chairman of the American lobby effort --Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), at the organization's headquarters in Alexandria, Washington. Tal Inbar, Head of Space and UAV research, gave an overview on the ballistic missiles program in Iran and North Korea, a subject that is the focus of the MDAA's activities of late. Other subjects were covered, including the Iron Dome, and the possibility of cooperation and sharing of knowledge between the two organizations. Alison plans on visiting the Fisher Institute during the second half of 2015.
At the Smithsonian Institute:
The Fisher Institute delegation was treated to two tours at the Air & Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institute, during which delegation members met with the Museum's directorship. A number of subjects were discussed, among them: participation of the directorship at the International Ilan Ramon Space Conference, and joint educational projects and initiatives.