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From Subsea to Space: Technology for Mars

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Date(s) - 05/03/2021
09:00 - 10:30

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The Energy Valley ecosystem has several companies delivering technology to space – and even more companies looking to space as a market in the future. 


Exploring outer space has inspired researchers and entrepreneurs for decades, and Norway’s history of exploration and technology development for harsh environments gives us a unique position for contributing to future space missions.

We will discuss the recent Mars landing with our friends Dr Pascal Lee from Mars Institute, Dr Pål Brekke from Norsk Romsenter, and the company Ntention from Energy.invented, and opportunities for Norwegian technology and solutions for Mars.

Pascal Lee is co-founder and chairman of the Mars Institute, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, and the Principal Investigator of the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He holds an ME in geology and geophysics from the University of Paris, and a PhD in astronomy and space sciences from Cornell University.

Lee’s research focuses on Marsasteroids, and impact craters, in particular in connection with the history of water on planets and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. He is known internationally for his work on Moon and Mars analogs in the ArcticAntarctica, and other extreme environments on Earth.

Dr Lee met Ntention during his visit to Norway and Energy:Connected in 2019, where Ntention was invited to pitch their technology. The company was founded in 2016, and are building a system of interaction between the people and the machines. Following this meeting, Ntention was invited to Devon Island, Arctic Canada, viewed as an analog site for the Moon and Mars. Here Ntention was able to test their technology; a smart glove that controls a range of robotic assets. When equipped directly into the spacesuit, the astronaut can easily control these, making exploration operations on the Moon, Mars and at other destinations more effective and productive.

Pål Brekke, an international recognized expert on the northern lights, lecturer and author, will also be joining the discussions. Pål has a PhD in solar physics, and worked at NASA for six years as the Deputy Project Scientist for the SOHO Satellite. Today, Pål Brekke works at the Norwegian Space Agency as Lead Space Science. Brekke is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club in New York.

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