The First team
VPACC's first volunteer student group from School #1 Ulaangom town, Uws Province. The team face some tough challenges and a steep learning curve as they have the added challenge of navigating all the start up requirements and uncertainty.
Working with VPACC's experimental mockup flight suit at Unimats workshop.
Unimat to build first mockup vpacc cockpit 2017/06/10
To get the ball rolling Unimat Education has agreed to build the first mockup cockpit at their workshop in Ulaanbaatar. The cockpit will be our first real chance to physically build and experiment with the cockpit layout and crew interface implementing a crew of four, before our engineering friends in Berlin Germany start cutting metal.
meeting with cosmonaut J.Gurragchaa 2017/04/04
The team visits with Jügderdemidiin Gurragchaa Mongolia's sole cosmonaut and ex minister of defence. Mr Gurragchaa flew on Soyuz mission 39 in 1981. We explained VPACC's concept and discussed ways in which such a program could play a role in Mongolia. Mr Gurragchaa expressed a real interest in the program and saw a clear synergy between his own goals to build a new interactive space and science park now being planned for Ulaanbaatar. More meeting are being planned. We also met with key players at the University of Science and Technology. Professors and administrators alike gave VPACC the thumbs up and expressed an interest in seeing VPACC become a reality.
Unimat education agreement 2017/02/17
Within a few days of entering Mongolia I took an immediate interest in how Mongolians see their future, see Mongolia in the 21st century? Visiting Ulaanbaatar, a world apart from the vast rural expanse of desert mountains and steppes, it was clear I was not the only one pondering this very perplexing and challenging question. Mongolia is steeped in old tradition, legacy systems, it's new to democracy, an open and struggling society sandwiched between two powerful authoritarian neighbours. Science and technology is not something one thinks about when thinking of Mongolia. But what about Mongolians? Here in the city there are many forward leaning, looking to take Mongolia into the 21st century. However, the nation has a long way to go and anyone here will admit. The same can be said regards attitudes to STEM education and science literacy, leaders understand the importance and some see it as a priority. Mongolia was clearly a calling in the making. VPACC had always seen itself as an internationally focused program and so from day one I began looking for opportunities to bring VPACC's ideas to life here in Mongolia. If it's possible here then why not most places in the world? So we reached out and partnered with Unimat Education a private STEM based education program run by a family of engineers who understand how important STEM is to their countries future. Having met with Unimat CEO A. Enkhgerel, we eventually signed an agreement to work together to bring VPACC's concepts to the city 2017/02/17.
The above photos left to right Enkhbaatar Khadankhuu - Deputy director Air Traffic Division Civil Aviation Authority, Karl Bushby, Tseyenjidmaa Demberel - Lehman Lee & Xu, A. Enkhgerel CEO Unimat Education.