The Beagle that lost its Bark in Space

Date:
Monday 11 January 2016

Time:
6.00pm

Venue:
Room 326, 3rd Floor, Reginald Mitchell Buliding, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0RD | Directions and map
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Cost:
Free of Charge for both BCS Members and Non-Members

Joint meeting with BCS Hampshire Branch, BCSWomen and Southampton Solent University

Event Details:

Almost one year ago to the day, an announcement was made that Beagle 2 had been found on the surface of Mars. This low-budget, highly experimental British foray into space engineering had been lost for eleven years and was presumed to have crashed into the planet: its carefully designed Entry, Descent and Landing system having failed and the whole module disappeared without trace.

This presentation will tell the story of a remarkable project, the emotional impact of its loss and eventual discovery, and the use of radar technology in the Entry, Descent and Landing system of Beagle 2, by a member of the EDL system design team. A task with many, many estimations, and many, many unknowns - how do you test something that is required to work on Mars?

Speaker Profile:

Helena Twigg graduated in 1998 from the University of York with a B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering and spent seven years in Research and Development, including working on Beagle 2. In 2005, she returned to academia and completed a M.Sc. in Forensic Engineering and Science at Cranfield University. Since then she has worked as a Digital Forensic Examiner, Mum, Electronic Engineering Lecturer and most recently has returned to Research again, developing sensors to detect corrosion in offshore marine structures.