Join us for ‘New Space’ as we celebrate CIT Innovation Week. This is a free event, open to all. No booking is required but please note that spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Get your photo taken in space!
Have your photo taken professionally in our simulated New Space environment using green screen technology. This New Space keepsake will be emailed to you post-event.
Every 30 minutes from 3pm. Last show at 5.30pm
A specially scripted planetarium show will feature future New Space missions to the Moon, Mars and current expeditions to the International Space Station
Every 30 minutes from 3pm. Last tour at 5.30pm
Tours to the Observatory Tower will demonstrate the innovation behind the renovation of the landmark of Cork’s inner harbour. Watch our journey through a slideshow of the build that will demonstrate the reimagining and restoration of Blackrock Castle from derelict site to today’s award-winning science and research centre.
New Space talk
4pm – 5pm
Join Dr. Niall Smith, CIT Head of Research and Head of Blackrock Castle Observatory for an inspirational talk on New Space.
The global space industry is currently worth €300 billion annually and this is set to rise to €1.1 trillion by 2040. Much of the growth in the activity will be fueled by the appearance of new private enterprises who have a commercial objective for being involved. Smaller satellites, customised builds, greater satellite interconnectivity and more potent global coverage will affect almost every aspect of what we do on the Earth today. And at the same time we will see a return to the Moon and the first forays onto Mars. All of the new activity presents opportunities for almost every Irish sector, from precision farming and space-based internet-of-things to smarter cities, smarter government and a more interconnected world irrespective of where you are.
This talk will explore the opportunities for enterprise, education and society that New Space will bring. It will examine why comparator countries like New Zealand are developing space ports and new satellite technologies, and consider what the roadmap for Ireland should look like if we are to benefit from the upcoming step-change in space activity