PSRC Seminar Series - Dr. Anton Ivanov

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Dr. Anton Ivanov

Executive Director
Propulsion and Space Research Center, TII

17th November 2022, 2:00pm - 3:30pm (GST)



Mysteries of the fourth planet


Mars is the most studied planet in the solar system after Earth. However, it keeps many secrets and mysteries that attract the attention of scientists around the world. We know that Mars once had floods, rivers and small lakes. Where did all the water go? In recent years, reserves of ice have been confirmed on Mars, but it still not enough to account for evidence of catastrophic flooding in the past.

Could life develop in Martian water and does it exist now? What causes dust storms on Mars, and how long do they last? When will people be able to fly to the red planet and what are the chances of earthlings to settle on it in the future, or will Mars be inhabited by robots?

Executive director of the Propulsion and Space Center, Dr. Anton Ivanov will speak about the latest exploration results and why these studies are so important, as well as about the successes and failures of the Soviet space program


Dr Anton Ivanov is currently the Executive Director for Beyond Earth Exploration at the Technology Innovation Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE. After receiving his PhD in Planetary Science from Caltech in 2000, Dr Ivanov joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to contribute to Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express and Mars Science Laboratory projects, as well as participated in activities of Team X. In 2007, Dr Ivanov joined the Swiss Space Center at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland) to lead development of the Concurrent Design Facility. There he was responsible for the Minor in SpaAce Technologies and led projects in precise cubesat positioning (CubETH), study phase for an exoplanets observatory (CHEOPS) and participated in mission operations for the SwissCube satellite. He is also a Co-I on MARSIS and CASSIS experiments, currently in operations. At Skoltech, Anton was responsible for advancement of methods of systems engineering and concurrent design; and utilisation of remote sensing for forest industry. Anton was the principal investigator the SwarmSat project (Skoltech B1/2 satellites) to demosntrate collective decision technologies in space. Currently, Dr. Ivanov is responsible for developing new technlogies for space exploration in collaboration with various stakeholders in UAE.