The Beagle that lost its Bark in Space

Monday 14 March 2016

6.00pm for 6.30pm start

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

Joint meeting with BCS Hampshire Branch, BCSWomen and Southampton Solent University as a special Science Week event.

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.

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