From May 14 to June 9, a lecture series on space technology application was held online by the UN-affiliated Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education in the Asia-Pacific Region (RCSSTEAP-China) and the UN-affiliated Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia (RCSSTEWA-Jordan).
Among attendees, Yang Dongkai and Jin Tian from the School of Electronic and Information Engineering, as well as Prof. Wang Xinsheng from the School of Astronautics illustrated the principle and application of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), the reflected GNSS signals and its application in the remote sensing field, the multifunctional ground station network as well as space science and technology education. Dr. Awni Kasawneh, Director of RCSSTEWA-Jordan, presided over the opening ceremony and Weng Jingnong, Dean of the International School, was invited to give an opening speech.
Given the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this lecture series was live-streamed on Zoom and Facebook, attracting an audience of almost 400 from over 20 countries around the world.
This lecture series, which came as the last satellite for Beidou-3 Navigation Satellite System was launched, is of great significance for space science and technology education. Especially during the coronavirus pandemic, the lecture series provided an excellent online platform for international academic dialogues and cooperation, significantly increasing Beihang’s influence in the Arab areas.
The regional center in China, established in 2014 and based at Beihang University, is the only UN-affiliated institution in a Chinese university and also the first inter-governmental regional institution of space science and technology education in the Asia-Pacific region. Up to now, the center has cultivated a total of 237 master and doctoral students for 24 developing countries in fields of remote sensing and geographical information system, satellite communication, the global navigation satellite system, small satellite technology and space law and policy. It has also organized over 20 short-term training courses, training nearly 1,000 talents from 64 countries.
Reported by Cui Yizhuo
Reviewed by Weng Jinnong
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Feng Yueyue