On August 14th, 2010, “Luys” students Tigran Shahverdyan and Armen Mkrtchyan, in partnership with ARMACAD, made presentations for the members of the Armenian Youth Aerospace Society (AYAS).
Tigran Shahverdyan, who is the acting president of Armenian Student Association of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (ASA MIPT) and also AYAS member and alumnus of AYAS Aerospace Club, talked about the study of Interplanetary and Interstellar Dust in our Solar system and his own research in that field. Afterwards, he presented nowadays trends in space exploration, utilization and colonization of space and what we might expect in the future, as well as about the role and development of private space sector.
Armen Mkrtchyan, a Master’s student in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), talked about the past and present of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), different modern types of UAVs along with their specifications and ways to make them even more capable, as well as his own research work in that area. He presented also his views on how to incorporate UAVs into the Armenian aeronautics.
AYAS president Avetik Grigoryan mentioned that this was an unprecedented event in AYAS history; for the first time almost all generations of AYAS alumni including the youngest students of Aerospace Club met together. The presentations and especially their discussions were extremely interesting. This event allowed to conceive new projects and to establish new business connections between AYAS members.
The Armenian Youth Aerospace Society (AYAS) is not legally registered, but actually conducts activity of a true NGO since 1988. The Aerospace Club of the Society also has been established in 1988 (since 2003 functions as an out-of-school study group of Technical Design Center of Ministry of Science and Education of Armenia).
The goal of the Society and the Club is to satisfy the scientific and technical interests of Armenian secondary and high school students, instill interest in science and technology, and encourage their choice for professions in corresponding areas.
The main subjects and areas of interests of the Society and the Club are aeronautics, astronomy and astronautics. The Club continuously conducts two-year out-of-school courses for secondary school students, and the Society involves interested secondary and high school students in research work, excursions, scientific expeditions, holds events (presentations, reports and discussions of the conducted research work), supports other educational projects. In 1995 even a three-day youth aerospace symposium was held.
The Club’s students have won many national and international scientific/technical competitions and olympiads, and have become highly professional specialists in various branches of science and technology.