From June 6 to 8, 2017, Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX), jointly organized by International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and Chinese Society of Astronautics(CSA), was held in Beijing. The theme of this conference was "Sharing and Cooperation". More than one thousand (1000) people from over fifty-one (51) countries in the world, such as scientists, entrepreneurs, representatives of institutions and the like attended the conference for further discussion of space exploration. Mr. Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of the Centre and participants of the Centre were invited to attend it.
In a letter of congratulations sent to the conference by Chinese President Xi Jinping, he said that China wanted to enhance cooperation with the international community in peaceful space exploration and development. Xi noted that progress in space science and technology would benefit people around the world and China wanted to use space exploration achievements to create a better future for mankind.
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao attended the opening ceremony and delivered a congratulatory letter on behalf of President Xi Jinping. Mr. Li Yuanchao pointed out that the exploration of the vast universe is the tireless pursuit of our space dream. He hoped that different countries would jointly promote the development of aerospace innovation.
Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping talks with children and accepts their painting on outer space.
Mr. Li Yuanchao, Vice President of China, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, Co-Chair of the GLEX, Chairman of IAF, Director of French Space Agency, Mr. Tang Dengjie, Director of China National Space Administration (CNSA), Mr. Jan Woerner, Director General of European Space Agency (ESA) started the Model of Ji Heng Fu Chen Yi Astronomical Instrument, signifying the beginning of the conference.
On the technical forum, two papers written by three participants of the Centre were accepted by the conference. Mr. PEDRO HENRIQUE DE OLIVEIRA NOGUEIRA and Mr. RENAN FELIPE OLIVEIRA gave a report based on their paper Micro-satellite's Energy Balance Analysis Based on Thermal-Electrical Modeling. Ms. NATALIA INDIRA VARGAS CUENTASTHE gave a report on her paper SALAR THE UYUNI AS A SIMULATED MARS BASE HABITAT IN SOUTH AMERICA.
This conference provided a very good platform for representatives from all over the world to exchange ideas, which is meaningful for sustainable use of space in the future.
Participates of the Centre who attended the conference were recommended by national space agencies of different countries. They are key talents for the promotion of space development. Let’s share some of their impressions on this conference.
Mr. RENAN FELIPE OLIVEIRA (Brazil):" It was an honor to attend to this extremely important conference in space science and engineering. I had the opportunity to publish a paper and without the help of Beihang it wouldn't be possible to had this wonderful experience. The experience to face an audience and talk about my work results qualified me more for future challenges. In addition, the lectures gave me a great view of the international compromise and state-of-the-art technical developments. Furthermore, it was an great honor to have the opportunity to listen to the wise words of Buzz Aldrin, one of the first man to step on the moon."
Mr.GONZALES VALLEJOS MICHAEL CARLOS (Bolivia):" Glex was a great experience, seeing developing iniciatives from many countries, future projects to make the moon and mars achievable, and China taking the lead of space exploration was definetly something out of this world. I am more than interested in participate and support the space exploration from my career."
Mr. ERDENEBADRAKH TSENDBAYAR (Mongolia): "The experience of GLEX 2017 is enriching for every participants. The congress gives us the chance to cooperate and learn from other high levels and agencies. The GLEX 2017 provided young participants with a great network and opportunities. It means the congress is great way to meet people and make new cooperation."
Ms. VARGAS CUENTAS NATALIA INDIRA (Bolivia): "For me the experience of attend to the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017), was quite rewarding, since I think that I have grown professionally, in the academic field and in the personal aspects, as I have been able to learn about the trending topics in space exploration and all the different initiatives and perspectives of different institutions to reach the Moon and Mars, or other destinations. For me as a young professional from Bolivia, who is an emerging country in the space theme, it has been very profitable to expose a personal research work and also to do networking to establish future cooperation and projects in my country."