‘Space Explorer’ Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu gives keynote speech at SpaceUp ISU
The former Romanian Cosmonaut and Blue Abyss Aerospace Consultant, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, gave the keynote speech at SpaceUp ISU (International Space University) in Strasbourg, France on 11th March.
SpaceUp is a participant-driven meeting rather than a conference, where participants decide the topics, schedule and structure the event. Everyone is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion.
It is an interesting way to stimulate young specialists to be involved, active, to unlock their minds, share new ideas, learn from others and enrich their space knowledge and experience,” says Dorin.
The first and only Romanian cosmonaut, Dorin was selected for spaceflight training in 1978 as part of the Intercosmos programme. Three years later, he joined Russian cosmonaut Leonid Popov on an eight-day mission on board Soyuz 40 to the Salyut 6 Space Laboratory.
Dorin’s keynote speech focused on the Intercosmos programme and Europe’s first endeavours into space. He described the geopolitical environment and how the programme played a significant role in developing space sciences in Eastern Europe.
He went on to talk about the Association of Space Explorers. Astronauts and cosmonauts united during the Cold War to organise an apolitical, professional association that still thrives today. Dorin joined as a founding member in 1985 and held its presidency for a three-year term until recently. Currently, its members comprise over 400 ‘Space Explorers’ from 37 nations.
All its members have experienced spaceflight and have witnessed the beauty of Earth from above, but also its fragility. They share common views on the future of humanity and the environment, and the importance of education and continued exploration.
Exploring generates knowledge and compels us to ask new questions, the answering of which expands our boundaries. Blue Abyss offers the perfect environment to enable not just explorers but everyone to find answers at the extremes of our experiences and to venture in to the oceans' depths and even outer space!" says Dorin.
Dorin joined the Blue Abyss team as Aerospace Consultant in late 2016 to ensure that Blue Abyss meets and exceeds future human spaceflight needs.
If you are a French speaker, tune in to TV channel Alsace 20’s interview with Dorin.
Head in the stars with ISU and Astronaut Dorin Prunariu
Image credits: International Space University
More about the International Space University
Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, the International Space University (ISU) was founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. ISU develops future leaders of the world’s space community by providing interdisciplinary programmes to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment. As a neutral forum with its international network of experts on call, ISU is ideally positioned to conduct research studies to provide agencies, industry and public organisations with the impartial global perspective and advanced analysis needed to stay on the cutting edge of the space sector and respond resourcefully to future challenges.
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