28/10/2019

IAC 2019: Award-winning GAS research


GAS-LTU PhD students Miracle Israel Nazarious and Thasshwin Mathanlal have participated at the 70th edition of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center that took place between the 21st and 25th October, 2019 in Washington (USA).

Miracle Israel Nazarious introducing
his presentation to the media
Credit: GAS Group

Miracle Israel Nazarious has won the 2019 IAC Award for Best Interactive Presentation on the Category of Space and Society with the topic “Space solution to world’s water crisis: a case study with remote sensing, science, and technology in synergy”. IAC2019 received a total of 240 accepted entries for Interactive Presentations, classified within 5 different topics, 61 of them competed for the category of Space and Society. The five best Interactive Presentations of the IAC2019 were awarded during a dedicated ceremony on Thursday 24th October.

This work, which was presented on the 24th October, 14:05-14:15, is an original research work that highlights the growing problem of global water scarcity and presents a remote sensing case study focusing on the metropolitan city of Chennai, located in the southeastern part of India. The research demonstrates the synergic effect of utilizing remote sensing, science and technology in tandem to assess the causes and contingencies of the prevailing water problem and provide technological, space-inspired solutions such as the HABIT concept for atmospheric water extraction for its efficient management.

Thasshwin Mathanlal was selected for an oral presentation on 24th October, 14:45-15:00 on the topic: “Implementing Bioburden reduction and control on the deliquescent hydrogel of the ExoMars, HABIT Instrument”. This work documents the Planetary Protection measurements done on the HABIT instrument, and can serve as reference for other teams concerned about the implementation of planetary protection protocols in the development of space hardware.

The participation of the GAS PhD students within this congress was partially funded by the Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA).

Miracle Israel Nazarious as winner of 2019 IAC Award for Best Interactive Presentation on the Category of Space and Society with the rest of the award-winning participants. Credits: IAC


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