Drop your thesis

Want to test you experiment in microgravity? ESA just announced a new edition of the Drop Your Thesis! programme, for students to carry out a microgravity experiment, at the ZARM Drop Tower Facility in Bremen (Germany), providing experiments with up to 9.3 seconds of microgravity.

Deadline for experiment proposals is January 19, 2014. More info: http://www.esa.int/Education/About_Drop_Your_Thesis


The Drop Your Thesis! programme gives university students, from Bachelor’s to PhD level, the opportunity to perform scientific or technological research in microgravity conditions. The gravity levels that are obtained in ZARM Drop tower experiments are as low as 10-6 g and last for about 5 to 10 seconds. This is the same level that is attained for experiments on the International Space Station, and is enough for a multitude of scientific research opportunities.



UKSBA November Conference News

Are you attending or thinking of attending this years UKSBA conference at the National Space Centre 9-10th November?

All conference delegates are now invited to a special showing of the latest Red Bull Stratos feature film of Felix Baumgartners space jump.  This film will tell the behind the scenes story of the jump from concept ideas through to completion.  It will also touch on some of the biomedical challenges in working with humans at the edge of space.  The film is showing on the saturday evening at the conference, then the following morning delegates can hear Dr Jon Clark, Felix's flight surgeon, discussing in detail the medial challenges involed in the jump.

There is only one month left to the conference now, so please buy tickets soon! 


More info and buy tickets here: http://www.uksbaconference.co.uk/


5th Space for All funding scheme reminder

This is just a reminder that the 5th Space for All funding scheme will close a month tomorrow at 9.00 on Monday 28 October.
A key goal in the current UK space strategy is to increase awareness among the general public of the UK's space programme and of the role that space plays in everyday life. We also believe that space has an important role to play in inspiring and educating the next generation. Many groups, societies and individuals across the UK share this ambition and can help us explain the importance of space. To this end, the UK Space Agency operates its 'Space for All' community sponsorship award scheme. This is a competitive process which offers small grants (up to a maximum of £5,000 for each award) to groups ready to present the UK's space programme and stimulate the use of space in inspiration and learning.
More information, including application forms can be found on the following link: http://www.bis.gov.uk/ukspaceagency/funding/space-for-all


Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager - job opportunity at UK Space Agency


The UK Space Agency are recruiting for an Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager to help plan the education programme in support of Tim Peake's flight to the ISS.


It is a fixed-term appointment for two years, based either at Swindon or Harwell. The closing date for applications is 7 October.
Full details are at Civil Service Jobs:







On October 14, 2012, a pressurised capsule attached to a scientific balloon raised an athlete wearing a custom-made spacesuit over Roswell, New Mexico for a two and a half hour ascent to 128,000 feet (39 kilometers) into the stratosphere where he would exit and step off into a free-fall from near space. Others had died trying to break the 52-year old record set by Col. Joseph Kittinger during the pre-astronaut days of 1960.
Few people watching that day realised the event was the culmination of a seven year endeavor, including a rigorous flight test programme, numerous setbacks and delays that threatened the success of the programme. In 2005 Art provided an 87-page summary of the conceptual groundwork for what would become known as “Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space.” While the world held its breath, Felix Baumgartner surpassed supersonic speed during his 4 minutes 20 seconds in free fall, becoming the first man to successfully reach MACH 1.25 (traveling over 843.6 mph/1,356 km/hr.) without the use of an aerodynamic vehicle.
Art Thompson, CEO of Sage Cheshire Aerospace has over 34 years of experience in the aerospace industry on some of the most advanced aircraft in the world and was the earliest collaborator on the Red Bull Stratos mission acting as the project’s Technical Director.
Sage Cheshire Aerospace, Inc. which Art co-founded in Lancaster, California, more than 10 years ago, provides solutions for a complete range of aerospace needs, from initial design and engineering to finished product, with an experienced team of professionals hand-picked by Art himself.
Further, his Sage Cheshire crew was responsible for the design, construction and testing of Felix’s capsule, and the facility serves as the hub of mission technological development overall.
Art Thompson will reveal the design, technical and logistical challenges, of what was a very complex project, that combined aspects of traditional aeronautics and space worthiness to push the limits of human physiology and help to develop protocol for a safe return from near space.
Free to attend
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