Friday, October 29, 2010

Our book 'Aspirasi Angkasawan' is No.7 on MPH Best sellers list for week ending 24th October 2010

MPH Non-fiction best sellers list (local) for week ending 24th October 2010:
1. Bila Allah Menduga Kita Author : Syed Alwi Alatas
2. Di Mana Dia Di Hatiku? Author : Pahrol Mohd Juoi
Jadi 'Cool + Positif: Psikologi Suka-Suka (Kompilasi Ruangan Psikologi Majalah Remaja)
Indahnya Amalan Doa Author : Dato Ismail Kamus
Location, Timing & Branding Author : Ho Chin Soon
Rojak: Bite-Sized Stories Author : Amir Muhammad
Aspirasi Angkasawan: Catatan Pengalaman calon Angkasawan Negara Author : Persatuan Astronautik Malaysia; Mohammed Faiz Kamaludin
Hadiah Cinta Untuk Ilahi Author : Muhammad Rashidi Hj Wahab
What Your Teacher Didn't Tell You: The Annexe Lectures (Vol. 1) Author : Farish A. Noor
Get Into Gold: How to Invest in Gold Profitably While Avoiding the Traps Author : Azizi Ali

Get a copy of our book today at MPH bookstores nationwide...
Thank you for all your support!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Inspiring the young to know more about space

KUCHING: The younger generation needs more exposure to the field of space exploration so that they could understand the subject better, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Khairuddin Hamid said yesterday.

SHARING: Owen (left) relating his experience to the crowd. Also seen are Mario (second right) and Richard.

He said although there was a booming interest in the field since Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor became the country’s first astronaut in 2007, he was concerned the enthusiasm might fade once the hype was over.

As such, he called for continuous programmes on the subject so that the younger generation would be inspired to learn more about the field and its benefits to mankind.

He believed that through such efforts, the country could one day be the regional centre for space exploration and achieve greater progress in science and technological area.

“I really hope that with the exposure to science, technologies and the future of space travel, we can increase the interest among Malaysians.

“With advanced and modern science and technological expertise here in Malaysia, it is not impossible to promote our country as a possible hub for research and education on space technologies,” he said when speaking during the ‘Campus Space Walk’ talk at Unimas near here.

Three astronauts from the United States, father and son Owen Garriot and Richard Garriot, and Mario Runco Jr were invited for the talk held in connection with the XXIII Planetary Congress of Association of Space Explorers (ASE).

The talk was attended by students of Unimas and selected schools.

Owen, who went to Skylab in 1973 and Spacelab-1 in 1983, was the first of six scientist astronauts selected by Nasa, and he operated the world’s first amateur radio station from space.

Richard on the other hand was not qualified to become an astronaut, according to Nasa, but paid US$30 million and became the sixth space tourist.

A video game developer and entrepreneur, Richard took part in several education outreach programmes during his time at the SOYUZ TMA-13 in October 2008 and operated an amateur radio operator from the International Space Station (ISS).

Mario, who went to STS-44 Atlantis in 1991, STS-54 Endeavour 1003 and STS-77 Endeavour in May 1996 spent most of his space journey attending numerous experiments such as earth observation experiments, radiation monitoring experiments and life sciences experiments in support of long duration space flights.

The ASE congress in Kuala Lumpur was the first to be held in Malaysia and the second after Japan.

ASE, which was formed in 1985, has 350 members and it aims at providing a forum for dialogue and to promote education on space science and technology.

by Saiful Bahari. Posted on October 8, 2010, Friday

Taken from

Malaysia On Right Track In Developing Aerospace Sector

MELAKA, Oct 8 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is on the right track in developing the aerospace sector by organising various programmes, hence placing itself at par with other developing countries which have the same mission.

Former astronaut from Russia, Alexander Ivanchenkov, 60, regards the cooperation between the Malaysian and Russian governments in sending Malaysia's first astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor into space in October 2007 as apt in developing the field.

"Malaysia needs more such cooperation where it can encourage transfer of technology in aerospace to the country," he said through an interpreter after delivering a talk on space exploration at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), here, Thursday.

Also present was another Russian foremer astronaut Alexander Poleshchuk, 57, and former astronaut from the United States, Henry Hartsfield, 77.

They are in Malaysia with over 60 other astronauts and cosmonauts from 17 countries for the XXIII International Association of Space Explorers Planetary Congress themed "1Planet, 1Hope, 1Future", from Oct 5 to 10 in Kuala Lumpur.

Ivanchenkov who went into space for the first time on July 15, 1975, hoped Malaysia's aerospace sector development would be a continuous one by cultivating interest in aerospace among its young generation.

Meanwhile, Hartsfield said the development of the aerospace sector was not only limited to the technical aspects, but the development of human capital too, especially involving the young generation.

"The future of aerospace is in the hands of young people. They must master science and technology in order to carry on this effort (developing the sector), besides having a high level of discipline," he said.

Hartsfield who first went into space in June 1982, has been involved in many development programmes by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) since 1969.

The Malaysian Multimedia University in Bukit Beruang here also held a similar programme attended by over 1,000 university and school students who listened to talks given by six foreign astronauts.

Taken from BERNAMA

Pictures taken at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, one of the 11 participating universities during the Campus Space Walk community programme...

The crowd in UPNM

NASA Astronaut Richard Richards

I have a question...

Photo with the kids

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

23rd ASE Planetary Congress officially launched in KL

The 23rd Planetary Congress for the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) was successfully launched in Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur this morning. Dato' Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysia's first angkasawan is playing host to this year's congress with the theme of One Planet, One Hope, One Future. The event was kicked off by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education, Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah followed by the first technical session on human exploration titled perspectives of language and culture chaired by astronaut Gerhard Thiele. The congress serves as a forum for astronaut members to interact professionally and develop ASE programmes, importantly motivational talks that will be carried out in 11 universities throughout Malaysia this Thursday 7th of October 2010. The event is a first of it's kind in South East Asia whereby 61 participating astronauts from 17 countries are gathering to encourage international cooperation and essentially promote education in space science and engineering.

Children with flags from participating nations

Go for Launch!!!

ASE members

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Campus Space Walk: Association of Space Explorers XXIII Planetary Congress Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2010

A group of astronauts will conduct presentations for students in selected educational institutions nationwide in conjunction with the 23rd Planetary Congress for the Association of Space Explorers. The sessions will begin from 10am to 1230pm respectively in each campus.

Participating universities:

National University of Malaysia (UKM)
Astronauts: Dato' Sheikh Muszaphar (Malaysia), Alexei Leonov (Russia), Yang Liwei (China), Sultan Al Saud (Saudi Arabia), Soyeon Yi (Korea)

Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM)
Astronauts: Leroy Chiao (USA), Fei Junlong (China), Richard Richards (USA), Rusty Schweickart (USA), Chiaki Mukai (Japan), Yuri Baturin (Russia)

Politeknik Ungku Omar Perak (PUO)
Astronauts: John Fabian (USA), Aleksandar Aleksandrov (Bulgaria), Franz Viehbock (Austria), Pam Melroy (USA)

Nilai University College (NILAI UC)
Astronauts: Klaus-Dietrich Flade (Germany), Vladimir-Lyakhov (Russian), Don Williams (USA), Miroslaw Hermaszewski (Poland), Sergei Treschev (USA)

University of Technical Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
Astronauts: Hank Hartsfield (USA), Alexander Poleshchuk (Russia), Ulrich Walter (Germany), Alexander Ivanchenkov (Russia), Alexander Lazutkin (Russia)

Multimedia University Malacca (MMU)
Astronauts: Elena Kondakova (Russia), Jon McBride (USA), Valeri Ryumin (Russia), Charlie Walker (USA), Jim Voss (USA), Karol "Bo" Bobko (USA)

Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
Astronauts: Chris Heidfield (Canada), Claude Nicollier (Switzerland), Anousheh Ansari (USA)

University of Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)
Astronauts: Soichi Noguchi (Japan), Dirk Frimout (Belgium), Bonnie Dunbar (USA), Bertalan Farkas (Hungary)

Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia (UNISZA)
Astronauts: Toyohiro Akiyama (Japan), Anatoli Berezovoi (Russia), Patrick Baudry (France), Yuri Gidzenko (Russia)

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
Astronauts: John Phillips (USA), Pavel Vinogradov (Russia), Gerhard Thiele (Germany), Sergei Avdeev (Russia), Oleg Kotov (Russia)

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Astronauts: Richard Garriott (USA), Owen Garriott (USA), Mario Runco (USA)

Hope to see you all there...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Astrophysicist to be named UN’s alien ambassador

Astrophysicist to be named UN’s alien ambassador

Pretty soon the answer will be a Malaysian astrophysicist named Mazlan Othman, who's expected to be appointed as the United Nation’s space ambassador for extraterrestrial contact affairs. That gives her the right to make the first official response to any travelling aliens.

Othman was Malaysia’s first astrophysicist, became the head of the country’s national planetarium (Negara) and launched the first Malaysian astronaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, to the International Space Station in October 2007.

Now, Othman is the director of the UN’s Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA); a branch of the General Assembly, established in 1962. The office is responsible for promoting international co-operation and peace in dealing with outer space, and includes topics such as satellite navigation and space debris.

If approved, her latest role would place her as the go-to contact in the event of aliens making contact with earth. She’s got to pitch her new job title at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire next week, then if the idea is backed by the UN scientific advisory committees, it’ll be passed to General Assembly.

Othman recently gave a talk to fellow scientists, where she said that the continued search sustains the hope that “some day humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials. When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject”.

Stephen Hawking suggested earlier this year that aliens almost certainly exist, but cautioned humanity against making contact. He warned that extraterrestrial nomads could be “looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”

By Mark Brown |27 September 2010

Taken from:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Aerospace Club members take turns at the controls

NOAH Aiman Mohd Faiz, 10, and Jonathan Ang Kwang Siong, 10, were captaining a Boeing 737-400 confidently, sending the aircraft soaring into the sky.

Suddenly, the clear, blue sky turned into complete darkness. Before they could react, soft lights illuminated the horizon and dawn had arrived.

The kids did not panic. They kept their hands on the yoke while the aircraft flew steadily onward.

Smooth landing: Capt Mohd Radzi giving some advice to the children when they were on the simulator.

Behind them, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight operations manager Captain Mohd Radzi Mohamad Alias was choosing the scenes from a touch screen.

There were also buttons to customise the weather conditions. When the turbulence setting was activated, everyone in the cockpit felt the instability.

Noah and Jonathan were in a flight simulator with equipment identical to that of the original aircraft at MAS Flight Crew Training Centre in Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang.

Organised by Astronautical Association of Malaysia and Aerospace Education Services, the visit gave about 10 kids and teenagers a unique flying experience right in the centre that produces pilots for the national carrier.

They were given a briefing before they toured the building to visit the computer-based training centre and a number of other simulators.

Hands-on: Mohammed Faiz (right) helping Suhaimi Abdul Rahman to put on an oxygen mask.

When Mohd Radzi put on his epaulettes, jacket and hat, the kids looked at him with great admiration.

The three-hour experience fuelled Fariz Izlan Feizal‘s dream of becoming a pilot one day.

“I have wanted to be a pilot since I was six,” the 15-year-old said.

Ahmad Helmi Abu Kassim, 23, a student from Universiti Kuala Lumpur’s Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT), saluted MAS Captain Mohammed Faiz Kamaludin animatedly after his attempt in the simulator.

“It is difficult for us on the aircraft engineering side, and today, I realised that it is just as hard for the pilots to steer an aircraft, especially to perform a landing,” he said.

Mohammed Faiz, who was one of the final four candidates to be Malaysia’s astronaut in 2006, said the Astronautical Association of Malaysia was founded last year, comprising of the former top 59 astronaut candidates.

It involves in talks and programmes to promote aerospace and science to the younger generation.

“Aerospace Education, on the other hand, organises space camps, astronomy nights, classes on aerospace and so on.

“The kids who are here today are its Aerospace Club members,” he said.

From the Star Online by Tho Xin Yi

Monday, September 6, 2010

Malaysia Airlines Flight Simulator Centre Visit

Today, the association together with 10 schoolchildren and a few engineering students made a visit to the Malaysia Airlines Flight Simulator Centre in Subang. After an informative briefing by Capt. Mohd Radzi, we were given the chance to fly a full-motion Boeing 737-400 simulator. The aspiring pilots took turns at the flight controls and found out that it wasn't really easy to land a jet aircraft..hehe! Nonetheless everyone had fun and we truly enjoyed ourselves. We were also given a tour of the state of the art CBT (computer based training) centre and other simulators within the complex such as the F50, A330, B777, B747 and the latest Airbus 380. In the end, we had a great day and would like to thank Malaysia Airlines for letting us visit their Flight Simulator Centre.

Capt. Mohd Radzi giving us a briefing

Can't wait for our turn to fly...

Ok ..what do I do now???

Thank you MAS!!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Career Talk @ Kolej Matrikulasi Selangor, Banting, 7th August 2010

From Left: Haizam, Harridon, Shafini, Norisham and Yusfi

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Our Book 'Aspirasi Angkasawan' Launched

Our book 'Aspirasi Angkasawan' was officially launched today in conjunction with PM's visit to the Karangkraf HQ in Shah Alam. It will be available in all major book stores such as MPH and Popular or you can purchase it on-line at Search categories for Books > Non-English Books or just type in 'Aspirasi Angkasawan'. For a limited time only we are offering free postage via 'pos ekspres' to anywhere within grab a copy today!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Successful Soft Launch of 'Aspirasi Angkasawan' Book

We had a successful soft launch of our book 'Aspirasi Angkasawan' today at the Kompleks PKNS, Shah Alam with a simple ceremony. Our books are available at a special 20% discount during the Pesta Buku Selangor 2010 until the 5th of July 2010. So come down to the BukuPrima booth and get your copy today. Our official launch by Dato' Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor will be held on the 6th of July 2010. We would like to thank everyone that came by today to witness our event. Do enjoy the pics...

Giving my speech

On stage with the publisher and association members

Ok cut it gently now...

Signings for schoolchildren

On stage with family members

Friday, June 18, 2010

Soft Launch of our book 'Aspirasi Angkasawan' 25th June 2010

In conjunction with the 'Pesta Buku Selangor 2010' we will be having a soft launch of our book 'Aspirasi Angkasawan' from 4 to 6pm next Friday 25th of June 2010 at the foyer of Kompleks PKNS, Shah Alam. So come one, come all to our book launch and purchase it at a super discounted price. Our authors/members will be there to personally sign copies of your book. Hope to see everyone there...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Aerospace Adventure Workshops & Bernam River Fly-in

I recently gave a talk to the pupils of SJKC Sungai Buloh, Selangor to promote our aerospace adventure workshops catered for schoolchildren. The first workshop was successfully conducted last Friday on the 11th of June 2010 followed by our involvement with the Bernam River Fly-in which was held at the Bernam River Airfield the following day on the 12th of June 2010. It was a great double event for us and do look out for our next event, which is the launch of our book 'Aspirasi Angkasawan'. Until then enjoy some pictures of the Bernam River Fly-in.

Dune buggy rides for kids

Water rocket launches by Sam

The Pitts Special going off for some aerobatics

Some inverted action

A low fly-pass

The Pitts Special produced some great aerobatics

Cessna Caravan

Heli landing

With Hozay

Sam was the MC too

Flagging off the air race

Pleasure flights with the Cessna

Aerial view of Bernam River Airfield

Some of the vintage cars on display

The crowd at Bernam River Airfield