Sustainable progress and socio-economic development imply research; research implies creativity and produces business: technoscience research programs in weightlessness, Mars-gravity and Moon-gravity, such as the SpaceLand ones involving elderly, kids and disabled, can support that equation, triggering innovative socio-economic development and a myriad business opportunities.
Microgravity and low-G environments provide unprecedented conditions and capacities for state-of-the-art pharmaceutical, biomedical and material sciences research, as well as multi-disciplinary technology innovation opportunities for new human-rated and robotic systems, also for critical, tele-controlled and/or automated applications and spin-off’s in remote or harsh environments.
This approach also fosters both education and commercially-driven research leading to new products and services to be developed by innovative entrepreneurs and the high-tech enterprises, creating highly-skilled labour-intense jobs to benefit the whole society, also to enhance the quality of life for the weak social classes and the 3-G communities: this is the context for the 4th SpaceLand Forum, endorsed by top-level institutions such as the 200-Countries & 27000 subscribers-strong International Astronautical Federation “IAF” and the National Engineering Board of Torino (Italy).
Including an original networking & star-gazing night-meal on one of the most beautiful beaches of the planet, the meetings and presentations envisaged for the Forum will be from the 15th to the 17th of December 2018 on the marvellous main island of Mauritius; the events follow on successful symposia by SpaceLand in Europe, held with the support of the European Commission’s V-President and many other international institutions (see for instance https://www.asi.it/it/eventi/convegni/spaceland-expo-congress).
The Forum will bring together stakeholders, investors, scientists and techno-science industry to examine, consider and collaboratively stimulate with youngsters and young professionals a myriad inter-disciplinary perspectives on space and microgravity-related technoscientific matters, especially for the sustainable development of African and Asian regions: Space Policies, Business and Entrepreneurship, Space outreach and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Medicine), United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Capacity-Building programs for Africa and the Indian Ocean will be among the main topics of the event.
As detailed in the next page, emphasis will be also given to the so-called 3-G challenges and opportunities (Gender, Geography, Generation) and to the innovative design for research and education centers with underwater & ground facilities for Moon-gravity and Mars-gravity, such as the ones of the Mars-habitat-looking SpaceLand Center planned in the region also to support aerospace tourism.
Recommendations to relevant public, private and non-governmental sectors will be made, helping to shape the future of the African and Indian Ocean-facing Countries, also to forward proposals to the U.N. about the involvement of both the above players and the young generations in these programs, updating the presentation at the U.N. – UAE High-Level Forum in Dubai in November 2017 by Doct. Carlo Viberti, NASA/ESA Zero-Gravity Research Flight Veteran, and the Head of State ( https://youtu.be/2RthuFMcdfg )