Space scientist Pekka Janhunen was named as a visiting professor at the University of Tartu
Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu, named Pekka Janhunen, inventor of the Electric Solar Wind Sail, which is tested on board of EstCube-1, and a leading researcher at Finnish Meteorological Institute, as a visiting professor at the University of Tartu. The top scientist in the field of space will participate in supervising the students at the Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, in the field of space technology during the next three years.
“Space studies and application of space resources is a global challenge and both Estonia and Finland have already significantly contributed to it. I am glad to continue the development of the electric solar wind sail technology with the Estonian students and scientists,” said Dr. Pekka Janhunen.
Pekka Janhunen has participated in joint research projects and in carrying out the studies at the University of Tartu already for five years, and as from autumn, he will carry on doing this as a visiting professor. According to Marco Kirm, the Vice-Rector for Research of the University of Tartu, Pekka Janhunen has been a very good cooperation partner in building the first Estonian satellite EstCube-1 as well as a good research partner in supervising the students of the field of sciences of the University of Tartu. “We are proud to say that the high-level technology, which creates great value and in the forefront of which are space studies and interdisciplinary technical applications related to space flights, is part of the important research and development directions of the University of Tartu. The valuable experience of the visiting professor Janhunen will help us open the innovative potential of our students, increase interest in technology, and give them unique skills for future career,” said Kirm.
Mart Noorma, Vice-Rector of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Tartu, added that as a result of the successful cooperation project of the student satellite EstCube-1, there is a plan to carry on joint preparation for the next space mission. “If our target is to create technology for interplanetary flights, then the next student satellite missions should take the electric solar wind sail out of the effect of the Earth’s magnetic field into the solar wind,” adds Noorma.
Pekka Janhunen has published more than 130 academic publications. In addition to Finnish Meteorological Institute, he has also worked for the Swedish Institute of Space Physics and as a professor of space physics at the University of Helsinki.
Marco Kirm, Vice-Rector for Research of the University of Tartu, phone: 737 5611, 53 427 170, e-mail: marco.kirm [ät] ut.ee;
Mart Noorma, Vice-Rector of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Tartu, phone: 737 6524, 523 9159, e-mail: mart.noorma [ät] ut.ee.