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Atacama Desert

Astrobiologist Dr. Lewis Dartnell talks from the Atacama Desert about a research trip to find extremophiles that might give scientists some clues as to the kind of life that may exist on the surface of Mars.  Lewis shows how quartz can act as a natural sunscreen to enable cyanobacteria to grow in the dry desert...

Astrobiology

Dr Claire Cousins and Mark Fox-Powell explain how scientists look at life that exists in extreme environments on Earth, to see what kind of life scientists might see on the surface of Mars.  This knowledge helps scientists plan the best target for a rover.

Professor Cockell takes us through the astrobiology...

Astrium- Engineered in Britain

Astrium is Europe’s largest space company, employing 3,500 people in the UK alone. Astrium produces some of the world’s leading edge earth observation, science and telecommunication satellites in one of the most exciting sectors of the engineering profession. 

 

Anna Hogg - Glaciologist

Anna works at the University of Leeds.  She uses satellite data to look at glaciers at the poles of the Earth.  She uses optical and radar data to track ice movement.  She explains how she went to Greenland and Antarctica for field trips to obtain more data for her research.  Anna explains how we need to study ice...

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...

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.

Steve Spittle – Emerging Technology Lead in Digital Intelligence

Steve looks at new technologies that advance the space industry.  He works at the Space Applications Catapult, in Harwell.  He gives the example of how image processing techniques used in the satellite industry can be used in the medical imaging.  Imaging data has also been used to prevent illegal logging and to...

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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