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Spinning out from Space: Science and Technology Facilities Council space Instrumentation Workshop

Published by Rob on Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:33 am
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18 July 2007
Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London
10:30 – 16:00 (registration from 9.45)

What do improved car brakes, a special fire protective hydrojacket and prosthetics used by athletes in the Paralympics all have in common? Space is the answer – all these applications have been derived from technologies developed in the space sector.

These examples show how cutting edge technologies developed for space can be transferred to applications in a number of other fields including aerospace, defence and security, industry and medical sectors.

The UK space community is at the forefront of development for advanced instrumentation and sensors and there is great potential for technological spin out to non space-markets. This workshop brings together communities developing sensors and instrumentation for space applications, the instrumentation industry, and suppliers in the aerospace, defence and security, industrial and others sectors.

The workshop will focus on transfer of non-optical technologies, e.g. radar, microwave, millimetre wave, gamma ray, X-ray, mass spectrometers, magnetometers, and biochemical and other instrumentation for in situ analysis or remote sensing applications. There will be opportunities for talking with speakers during the breaks throughout the day.

The morning session will cover Space Science and Exploration.
Speakers include:

Professor David Southwood, European Space Agency
ESA Missions and instrument technology

Dr Geraint Morgan, Open University
Miniature Mass Spectrometer: From Milton Keynes to Mars and back again

Dr Clive Speake, University of Birmingham
EUCLID: A new way of making ultra precise length measurement

Dr Mark Sims, University of Leicester
Bioimaging/Life Marker Chip
The afternoon will address Earth Observation and instrumentation.
Speakers include:

Mick Johnson, Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation
UK instrumentation for Earth Observation

Professor Richard Holdaway, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Earth Observation Instrumentation

Dr Norman Grant, EADS Astrium
Bringing Space down to Earth

Dr Steve Parkes, University of Dundee

The workshop takes place at the Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London.

Nearest tube – The nearest Tube Stations are Great Portland Street (Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan lines), Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo and Victoria lines) and Goodge Street (Northern line).

Media Registration
If you would like to attend the workshop please register with Gill Ormrod in the Science and Technology Research Council Press Office.
Tel: + 44 (0)1793 442012

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