In Peking for the international conference Particle and Fundamental Physics in Space (SpacePart ‘06)
Science and Space technology in China, with particular regard to the programmes of the Space Agencies all over the world, in particular Europe and United the States: this will be the central theme of the third international conference Particle and Fundamental Physics in Space (SpacePart ‘06) supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Italian embassy in Peking and organized by the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics. The congress is part of the events planned for 2006, Italy-China year and will take place in Peking from 19th to 20th April, by the most important Chinese university in aerospace field: the Beihang University. Besides Infn, there will be other participants: Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (Inaf), the main Chinese agencies (Casc, Calt, Casc e Dfh) and the foremost Italian industries involved in the space high-technology field, such as Alenia/Alcatel Space, Carlo Gavazzi Space, G&A Engineeering, Angelantoni Industries, National Instruments.
Spacepart, arrived to its third edition, is a remarkable event in the international context of the space scientific and technological research. In particular this year conference represents an extraordinary occasion, because China is at the moment the most dynamic country in aerospace field. Since 1968 China has in fact launched with success more than 70 satellites and the rate of its development in this field has been growing up significantly in these last years: in 2005, thanks to a crew of two cosmonauts, the first Chinese space walk was carried out and in the course of 2006 a Chinese probe will be orbit around the moon in order to establish the landing point on our satellite during a mission foreseen for 2012. This series of ambitious aerospace missions requires a great engagement in scientific and technological field. For this reason, consolidated collaborations, as the Infn one, play a crucial role. Infn has been carrying out with China joined projects in astrophysics - both space and earth experiments - since a long time.
In particular Italian and Chinese researchers are involved in Ams2 experiment, conceived to study antimatter and dark matter aboard the International Space Station. Argo experiment is instead located on earth, on Tibet tablelands and it is dedicated to the measure of high energy gamma rays.
“SpacePart in China is a precious occasion to create and deepen not only scientific contacts, but also technical and commercial ones between the Italian and the Chinese aerospace world. The participation of the major Italian firms of the field, which will show their products and their technologies in Peking, proves that our country can cooperate with China even in the scientific research and high technology field. This event follows the visit of Infn delegation occurred at the beginning of January. This testifies the closed scientific relationships between the two countries” declares Roberto Petronzio, Infn president.