Gaea SParker and Faji Bing (aka Becca and Olly) went to Farnborough today to represent the Schome Team in the BNSC/SSTL small satellite competition. We put up the poster in the designated room and mingled with the other competition entrants. The room was packed throughout the whole event! We had lots of interest in both the Schome Park Project and the actual competition entry! We were referred to as “the virtual school” during the speeches! A surprise guest at the exhibit was Buzz Aldrin, who was crowded from the moment he appeared in the room – no doubt everyone had lots of questions for him .
Amongst those that came to the poster to discuss the entry were Ian Pearson (Minister of Science and Innovation), Dr Robin Clegg (Head of STFC Science in Society Programme) and BNSC staff. After presenting our posters, each team was presented with two copies of Bang! by the Ian Pearson as a memento of reaching the final in the competition.
The official press release for the event can be read here.
After our “official” duties, Olly and I had a walk around the exhibits and looked at so many things from aeroplane engine components to working fighter jets, some which you could even sit in! We watched the Airbus A380 take off and strut its stuff in the air, we also saw parachutists and acrobatic fighter pilots doing some stomach churning manoeuvres.
I recorded the whole day on video, am just editing it so will upload it once i have finished. Some photos will go up soon too.
The Space Experiment Team were asked to provide an A2 poster about their proposal to be exhibited on Mon 14th July at Farnborough International Airshow, as part of the Space for Inspiration exhibit this year. The team has been working on this for the past few weeks – well done everyone! A special thanks to Mars – who was up last night still ironing out the design!!!! [I’m such a slave driver].I have just sent the poster for printing, I have a copy below for you to see the final design that will be displayed (its compressed so the quality is poor).
The space experiment team submitted their final s.c.h.o.m.e. (spectroscopy, climate and habitability from orbital measurement of earthshine) instrument proposal to SSTL on Monday. A pdf of the final document is available on the OU Knowledge Network.
Well done to everyone involved, it has taken a lot of planning and hard work to put this all together! Now it is fingers crossed until the competition winners are announced on the 3rd October….
The Competition final was at the IAC in Glasgow. The team met in person to attend this event. The project was Commended as a finalist in this national competition.