How can we solve the space debris problem? What will we learn from LOFAR? This edition of Naked Astronomy comes from the RAL Space Conference at the STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratories. We’ll explore the crossover between space science and medicine, catch up with Curiosity and find out how a new satellite helps to test the latest tech.
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09:31 - Catching Up with Curiosity
One of the most significant developments of 2012 was the successful deployment of the Curiosity rover. Dubbed “7 minutes of terror”, the landing of the rover employed a novel “sky crane” platform that lowered the rover to the ground while holding itself aloft on rockets. Rob M...
19:16 - Space and Medicine
Conferences foster discussion and can lead to inter-disciplinary relationships, and it was perhaps with this in mind that the organisers invited Kevin Fong – a medical doctor and director of the Centre for Space Medicine at University College London, to speak about the interface...
25:45 - Testing Technology with TechDemoSat
How do you test tech in space? Finding a launch partner and designing & building a satellite is prohibitively expensive, so much of the technology that gets used in satellites is very well established. Testing new tech, therefore, is tricky. To get around some of these proble...
32:17 - Dealing with Debris
Space debris is becoming a problem. Orbit is fast becoming a dangerous place to be simply because of the number of bits of junk up there with you. And it’s not just the big objects like decommissioned satellites you need to worry about – due to their velocity, even tiny partic...
43:34 - LOFAR - Looking Out at Low Frequencies
The LOw Frequency ARray, LOFAR, is a radio telescope working at the lowest frequencies accessible from Earth. It features stations scattered across Europe, and started it’s official science programme this month...