Spacecraft: A Brief Look at Technology in Satellites
Date: 10th October 2019
Time: Lecture starts at 19:00, FREE tea & coffee available in LJ foyer from 18:00
Location: LJ1.75, Lennard Jones Laboratories, Keele University, ST5 5BG
Speaker: Dr Barry Cook (Anaporia Limited)
Title: Spacecraft: A Brief Look at Technology in Satellites
Abstract: There are currently about 1500 satellites operating in-orbit around Earth - and a few more around other planets.
Space provides an environment that is both beneficial and problematic. Freed from Earthly constraints, new and better scientific studies are possible but there are also new and more extreme challenges that have to be faced for missions to be successful.
We'll look at a fairly typical "small" satellite, one that the speaker had a part in designing and currently in orbit around the Earth. After some photos of it being prepared for launch we'll take a quick tour of the various sensors and actuators on-board (some familiar and some unique to space) and what's needed to keep everything working in this environment.
These talks are open to everyone and are sponsored by the West Midlands Branch of the IoP.