On the occasion of the SpaceX CRS-24 launch on December 21, 2021. In which ICE Cube’s AI Box will be sent to ISS, Thailand’s organizer team holds a workshop and launch party in Thailand on the same date. The event welcomes around 45 guests, workshop participants, and inspectors.

The venue was sponsored by the Panyapiwat Institute of Management in Bangkok, Thailand.

With the COVID-19 in mind, the organizer requires every participant and staff to have a positive result of the COVID-19 antigen rapid test or PCR test. A mask was required too.

Overall Schedule

Workshop Session
9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Opening Remark
10:15 – 11:00 Talk: The Development of Thai Space Activity
11:00 – 12:00 Workshop: Explore ISS with AR
12:00 – 13:00 Launch Break
13:00 – 15:00 Workshop: Experiment in Space and Introduction to AI Space Challenge
Launch Party Session
15:15 – 16:45 Talk: Creators’ Culture
16:45 – 17:15 Live: CRS-24 Launch
17:30 – 18:00 Dinner & Inspiration Talk Session
18:30 – 19:00 Closing Remark
19:00 – 20:00 Networking Party

Opening and panel discussion sessions

Dr. Wares Chancharoen, Dr. Potiwat Ngamkajornwiwat two co-founders of the AI Space Challenge competition program along with Watcharin Unwet, a Thai researcher who was selected by NASA to be the finalist of NASA and CSA’s Deep Space Food Challenge opened the event and welcomed all the participants.

All panel discussions was being moderated by Chinapong Lienpanich, a content creator from Spaceth.co, Thailand’s most influential space media.

During the first “The Development of Thai Space Activity”, we discussed how a space emerging country like Thailand can find its position in the era of New Space. Dr.Chancharoen mentioned collaborations between public and private sectors with support from the international organizations. Dr.Ngamkajornwiwat and Mr.Unwet who both are frontier technology and medical researchers gave an example of KEETA‘s success in gaining attention from the public to help spinoff its technology.

After the first session, the workshop started the begin.

Explore the AI and the ISS

Nattanon Dungsunenarn and Chayapatr Archiwaranguprok, two editors-in-chief of Spaceth.co came up to the stage and started the session, exploring the rationale and the philosophy behind space exploration. They both mentioned how space and computer science came along and allowed humanity to launch the first spaceflight, landed humans on the moon, and enabled a long-term space journey.

Mr.Archiwaranguprok, with a background in computer science, explained how neural networks can help humans to solve complex problems.

Later that, they began to explore the International Space Station using AR (Augmented Reality) model. The participants was shown the location of the European Space Agency’s module where AI Box and Ice Cubes platform will be installed aboard. Then, they discussed how AI will enable astronauts to solve complex problems aboard the station.

In that afternoon, Nattanon also described the AI Box’s foundation and how high-performance and machine learning-enabled computers will benefit human’s futuristic research using data from the International Space Station.

“A creator’s culture” to inspire all participants and help them ideate their very first idea on how to utilize the ICE Cubes’ AI Box aboard the station.

Inspiration from Creator’s community

Mr.Archiwaranguprok and Mr.Lienpanich stayed on the stage and were joined by Phoomparin Mano and Saran Seehanam.

Mr.Mano is a software engineer from a successful global company Birkl. He went to join a Thai software company in Silicon Valley when he was only 17. Later the company was bought by Meta (Facebook) he went back to Thailand to help spark many activities, inspiring the youth to become a creator. Mr. Seehanam is a graduate engineer student who has sent many of his works to space. He became a key person for space exploration for youth in Thailand.

They both and Mr.Archiwaranguprok shared many ideas about how to become a creator. Not only act like but to be like a creator who solves problems with a powerful, skeptical way of thinking.

Launch Party and Closing keynote

Later that afternoon, SpaceX launched the CRS-24 resupply mission to the International Space Station. All participants both online and offline joined together witnessed a successful launch.

Mr.Mano again stayed on the stage and share his closing keynote in English. He inspired the much younger generation out there to become a creator who uses their mind, hand, and heart.

Dr. Hilde Stenuit, a team leader for Space Applications Services also joined us in the last session. Dr.Stenuit shared with all participants via a pre-recorded video on how Space Applications Services’ ICE Cubes can not wait to see every idea from the competitors. This will help empower the application of AI research in space.

These concluded the event of Workshop+Launch Party on December 21, 2021.

Numbers in Total

  • 45 participants
  • 11 speakers
  • 10 staffs
  • 7 sessions and panel discussions

This event and the entire competition have been sponsored by ST Engineering Geo-Insights Pte. Ltd. a joint venture company formed between DSO National Laboratories and ST Engineering. Leveraging on the strengths of its parent companies, Geo-Insights offer analytics, information products and value-added services based on satellite imagery to address global demand for timely insights. More information on Website.

The venue, food, media, and facilities have been sponsored by the Panyapiwat Institute of Management with tremendous support from a faculty of Engineering and Technology.

Further news and activities can be found on the AI Space Challenge Official Website.

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