Originally presented on Tuesday 1st February 2022 to the RAeS Boscombe Down Branch.
QinetiQ Space has been sending hardware into space for more than 30 years. This includes scientific experiments for the Space Shuttle and ISS, payloads on satellites, in drop-towers or on sounding rocks, and of course full-blown satellites. The journey has been very exciting, luckily with only minimal fireworks during the launch.
In this lecture, Stijn Ilsen will give an overview of the activities of QinetiQ Space; looking back at the past and looking forward to the future. Topics covered include satellites, docking systems and how QinetiQ will contribute to humans returning to the Moon, as an intermediate step towards Mars.