Thodoris Karapantsios

Professor-National Representative - Department of Chemistry, AUTh- European Space Agency (ESA / HME)

Thodoris Karapantzios studied Chemical Engineering with undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Greece and the USA. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Netherlands. He has participated in more than 60 European, national and industrial research programs, at 49 as coordinator. He holds 3 European patents and 3 Greek patents, is author of more than 140 publications in prestigious international scientific journals with judges and president of 4 international scientific conferences. He also participated in two NASA / ESA zero-gravity multinational experiments in 2 Space Shuttle missions, where he was responsible for the Critical Point Facility (IML-2). He was the head of a flying research team in a series of zero gravity experiments in 11 Paragliding Campaigns by the European Space Agency. Since 2010 he has been a national representative in the ESA Steering Committee of the European Space Agency for Space Exploration.

The subject of his speech...

Developing Technology for Exploration of Space through Experiments in conditions of weightlessness

What is the European Space Agency (ESA) and what its activities? ESA Structure and Functioning: Compulsory and Optional Programs. Purpose and importance of performing experiments in conditions of lack of gravity. Ways of achieving conditions of gravity shortage at low and high orbit around the earth. Casting towers, sound rockets, international space station, parabolic flights. Paragliding features. Indicative experiments in physics, biology, medicine and engineering in conditions of weightlessness. Presentation of experiments in conditions of lack of gravity and conditions of hyperbolicity of the Dynamic Multiphase Systems group of the Chemistry Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.