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Alan O'Brien - Software Engineer

Alan works at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, and is designing software for the James Webb Space Telescope.  Alan talks about his work on the mid infrared instrument which will look at the formation of galaxies in the early universe.  He uses coding in his job and explains how you need to write algorithms to a...

Abbie Hutty - ExoMars Delivery Manager

Abbie is an engineer working at Airbus Defence and Space.  She in charge of ensuring that all the parts of the ExoMars Rover come together on time and to the right specification. 

Abbie sets two challenges for students: to write an algorithm for a rover to avoid rocks on a grid and to come up with ideas for...

A day in the life of UK space scientists and engineers

These videos provide an insight into the working lives of seven different space scientists and engineers in the UK. Each video has an associated file with suggested ideas of how you could use the videos in a lesson, posing questions to the students based on the videos and presenting ideas for research projects and...

Senior composites engineer

This video introduces Paul, a senior composites engineer for Lola Cars International. Paul explains his role in designing the structures that are made of carbon fibre for race cars such as the one featured in the video. He discusses the love of engineering he had when he was younger and how his maths, physics...

Brompton Design

Will Carleysmith, senior designer at Brompton Bicycle, describes how designers need an understanding of materials and manufacturing processes are essential in his role. He explains how mathematics and CAD are used in the design process, as well as rapid prototyping techniques.

Shefali Sharma - Senior Commercial Strategist

Shefali engages with customers, media and investors to help to grow the company.  Shefali works at Oxford Space Systems, a company developing innovative technology that is launched into space.  She often helps to act as the link between customers and the engineers working on the satellite designs. 

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Suzie Imber - Associate Professor of Space Physics

Suzie researches how the sun influences the planets in the solar system.  She also teaches physics to undergraduates and is involved in a lot of outreach.  Suzie is currently working on the BepiColombo mission to Mercury. 

There are two cuts of the video – one aimed at primary aged children, and one for...

Portia Bowman - Space Systems Engineer

Portia works with other scientists and engineers to work on systems that will go into space.  She explains how she is working on a project to build a robotic arm to work on samples from Mars.  Portia studied Physics and then Space Engineering at university. 

There are two cuts of the video – one aimed at...

Matt and Ellie - Apprentices at Airbus

Matt and Ellie build satellites.  They work in a clean room environment to help to construct and test satellites.  Matt and Ellie are both on an apprenticeship scheme with Airbus Defence and Space. 

There are two cuts of the video – one aimed at primary aged children, and one for secondary.

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Libby Jackson - Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager

Libby works at the UK Space Agency, in Swindon.  She works with scientists and industry to ensure that they can run experiments on the International Space Station.  Libby works alongside astronauts who will be running the experiments on the space station.  She leads a team to ensure that research can be performed...

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