N-Prize: NTA Collaborates with Researcher at the University of Tehran

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Now I bring to you a short interview (our first international) with Prof. Dr. Hessam Maleki, from the University of Tehran (Iran), which recently became part of the project team of the Technological Center of the Wasteland (Núcleo Tecnológico do Agreste (NTA) in Portuguese), from Bezerros-PE, Brazil, a participant in the International Award "N-Prize".

Reminding the reader about the goals of this competition, the N-Prize aims to reward the first team to put a satellite into orbit from 9.99 g to 19.99 g, at least 99.99 km altitude, proving the realization of at least 9 orbits, with a cost per launch less than 999.99 pounds sterling, which according to the organization itself from the competition is almost impossible.

According to the coordinator of the NTA, Prof. Marcos Luna, the Prof. Dr. Hessam Maleki is already a longtime collaborator of the NTA, small technological institution from the state of Pernambuco working almost 10 years developing technological projects Itinerant schools of this state and other states of the Brazilian Northeast, without any public support, using the help and support of national and international partners (as Dr. Hessam Maleki), working with a lot of desire, creativity and dynamism and having as major sponsor and supporter of the Brazilian scientist at JPL NASA, Dr. Rosaly Lopes.

Also according to Prof. Luna, the NTA in this period has developed several technological projects in various areas, such as: In Robotics, the fish robot, in Agriculture, Bio reactors and laboratory equipment to produce seedlings with Fabric Plant, in the Boating area, Nautical and Probes shark repellent, in the area of Human Disabilities, equipment Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired and Hearing, and also other areas as well as Engines and Aerospace Research. From 05/08/2011, the NTA had their participation confirmed for organizing the competition, thus becoming at the time the 36th team entered the second Brazilian team of four enrolled (UnB, NTA, Edge Of Space and Coyote Rockets).

Second was released by NTA, the project team at the N-Prize will be to launch a rocket called "LUNA 1", powered by solid fuel, which will have the difficult task of putting into orbit, the Mesosphere (100 km altitude) a femtosatélite approximately 20 grams, and carry nine orbits around the Earth. Thus, the rocket is launched from a platform boating or other ground point (still being studied) through an innovative system comprises four balloons helium, two blanks, which have as their purpose to serve for storing excess Gas from the two main balloons which, because of the altitude will expand causing them to burst. Thus, before they burst, the smart cards will initially release the excess gases to empty the balloons, and thus allow the balloons to continue rising. In the second step the plates will then drop the excess gases to the outside thus prolonging the moment of bursting balloons, aiming thereby achieve the maximum possible altitude, so when the rocket will be fired to place in orbit the femtosatélite.

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Prof. Marcos Luna also said that femtosatélite have an innovative telemetry equipment in order to send information to allow the monitoring mission by the competition N- Prize organizer. In addition, Prof. Luna confirms participation in the project of prof. Carlos Fraga, programming and electronics specialist who will be responsible for assembling the Plates Intelligent System.

"In addition to the objectives of the competition, the NTA intends to show the versatility of this launch rocket “LUNA 1” and its femtosatélite, showing a modern concept and bold fuel rocket launchers and payloads for this category, "added the coordinator of the NTA.

Despite the competition website (http://www.n-prize.com/) report that there are only 56 days to carry out the mission, according to Prof. Marcos Luna, NTA is still working to solve the problem of lack of balloons, which at the moment is the only impediment to the mission. Is under study by the team the option to launch "LUNA 1" in Tehran with the help of Dr. Hessam Maleki, but there is still no date set for the launch. If the rocket launch to be held in Brazil, it will have already confirmed the presence of Dr. Rosaly Lopes, the founder of international competition N-Prize, Paul Dear, and if possible, the author of this blog.

Also according to Prof. Luna, the difficulties that exist to establish partnerships between small centers with universities in Brazil, just making these small Brazilians centers are adopted by scientists from centers in other countries. In addition, Prof. Luna points out that another major difficulty is to show that even without resources and willingly makes great projects, like the NTA Shark Repellent that for almost 10 years waiting permission to be placed on test on the beaches of Recife (capital of the state of Pernambuco), given the fact that all preliminary tests and technical reports have been made.

Already the Blog BRAZILIAN SPACE wish success to the NTA and its partners in this difficult mission and also take the opportunity to thanks Dr. Hessam Maleki for this interview.

Below is a short interview with Dr. Hessam Maleki from the University of Tehran.

BRAZILIAN SPACE: Dr. Maleki, for that reader who does not know your person tell us about you, your background, age, birthplace, and since when your person is a professor at the University of Tehran?

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Dr. Hessam Maleki in the cabin of Airbus 310
DR. HESSAM MALEKI: I am Hessam Maleki , 32 years old from Tehran / Iran . I have born in Kerman , city in south east of country . It's about 12 years that I am living in Tehran.

Actually I have Aviation Technology background and work as a copilot of Airbus 310 aircraft for 5 years in commercial air line but it’s about 10 years that I have a collaboration with mechanical school of Tehran university in robotic and aviation and vehicles with combination of them.

My rule as a Manager of Technical & Engineering in our robotic center is to work on any type of robots such as humanoid , under water robots (fish & shark ) , Unmanned Air Vehicles ( Fixe wings , Rotor Crafts ,Flapping Wings ) and Micro Air Vehicles .

We have 6 major technical team in our Robotic center that they work with together on projects .they are , Electronic , Mechanical Design , Fabrication , Dynamic & Control ,software and intelligence and Industrial design,

BRAZILIAN SPACE: Dr. Maleki, how began your partnership with the Technology Center of the Wasteland (Núcleo Tecnológico do Agreste - NTA) and why?

DR. HESSAM MALEKI: Yes it's about 8 years that I have a collaboration with them in robotic systems, we started with Fish Robot project and now we are working on electronic boards.

When I was student, we had a research center in our city with fully equipped labs. There was educated person with high experience profile that was helping us to design and fabricate any type of robot .after many years I changed to high experienced person in Robotic that has about 5M$ projects.

Those peoples changed my life road and now I want to compensate them by helping to other student that may need my help.

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BRAZILIAN SPACE: Dr. Maleki we were informed that you are currently involved with several projects underway in the NTA. What are these projects and what is your involvement in each of them?

DR. HESSAM MALEKI: We had several projects such as fish robot that I was guiding them in design of mechanism and ceiling methods. The students were sending me them designs and video of robot's function and then I was correcting them.

The other one was design and fabrication of electronic boards that they needed, I was guiding them to choose correct parts and design it with simple methods.

At present time I have a collaboration with them in N-Prize competition. As my participation in the Competition N-prize I am making a small plate that sends signal via telemetry.

BRAZILIAN SPACE: Dr. Maleki, Prof. Marcos Luna informed us recently that your person was included also to the NTA development team that participates in the N-Prize international competition. How will your participation in this initiative and why your interest to integrate the team in this competition?

DR. HESSAM MALEKI: As I mentioned you before, I'm designing an electronic board to send a signal to ground station.

The success in this competition will shows a the mind power of NTA team in aerospace projects and also shows even it is possible to work with low facilities

BRAZILIAN SPACE: Dr. Maleki, and in relation to the financial resources that a mission like this requires, how to solve this problem?

DR. HESSAM MALEKI: I think, design with low financial resources is a art. I'm completely familiar with this type of work. We design and fabricate by what we have, not by what is impossible to have. It's my opinion that the lake of equipment will grow up the creativity.

BRAZILIAN SPACE: Dr. Maleki Finally, there's something else that you would like to highlight for our readers?

DR. HESSAM MALEKI: I would like to invite your readers to see the video of my robotic projects in youtube and send me them questions about our robots if they would like to fabricate one of them. I will fully help them to have one of them by them hands.


Dr. Maleki with Robot Surena II, developed at University of Tehran


Source: In collaboration with the Technological Center of the Wasteland (NTA)

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