International Astrophilatelic Meeting
This weekend for astrophilatelists was the idea of Jürgen P. Esders, International Director of Space Unit
and Stefan Bruylants, President of BFV Cosmos on the occasion of the International Exhibition
B E L G I C A 2 0 0 1 in Brussels.
Both are willing to promote astrophilately in the philatelic world and show the interests of youth and adult in rocket science and space development.
Astrophilately is more than collecting stamps. Astrophilately is doing research on space development and show these evolutions with covers and letters, having the right cancellation of the right place on the right date, and if possible, even have been on board the spacecraft.
Astrophilately has become a major part in Aerophilately and more and more collections take part in international philatelic exhibitions.
Interested ? Join us !
Saturday June 9th, 2001
Salle Jacques Stibbe
« Judging Astrophilately «
by Mr. Jose M. Grandela,
Chairman of the FIP-Section for Astrophilately
Seminar in cooperation with FIP Commission for Aerophilately.
Meeting of the Bureau
FIP Section for Astrophilately
[private meeting - only on invitation]
Sunday June 10th, 2001
Salle Edmond Struyf
1. Opening by representatives of Space Unit and B.F.V. Cosmos
2. News from the two societies
3. Slide show:
Peenemünde: a historical site in a new outfit, by Jürgen P. Esders
October 3rd, 1942: the first ballistic missile is launched successfully. The A-4, later baptised "V-2", "V" for vengeance, is the first man made object to reach outer space. What was intended to be terror weapon by the German Nazi government, became a pre-cursor for spaceflight both in the United States as in Russia. Few is left on the original site, the Army Test Installation near Peenemünde, on the remote Usedom peninsula on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Only very recently, the entire exhibition on the Historical-Technical Memorial Centre at Peenemünde was re-modelled according to valid historical concepts, showing the highly ambivalent character of the A4 and its context. Returning from a recent visit on the site, Space Unit's International Director Jürgen P. Esders reports about the changes on the site.
The emerging spacepower: current Chinese space projects,
by Dr. Stefan Bruylants
At the change of the Millennium, the People's Republic of China is the emerging third space power. The 2nd flight of an unmanned test vehicle for manned spaceflight has just ended, three more unmanned tests are to follow. Then, on the 6th flight, by late 2002, the first Chinese "taikonauts" hope to orbit Earth. Fourty years after Yuri Gagarin's historical first manned spaceflight, China will become the third country with manned access to space. Dr. Stefan Bruylants, President of B.F.V. Cosmos, presents these recent developments using philatelic material, stamps and covers.
5. Members talk, trade, sell - bring your own trading material and your manco lists!