UKSEDS Moonshot

In their latest Eclipse e-newsletter UKSEDS have proclaimed “Professor Quatermass has got nothing on us…”: for, in conjunction with the British Interplanetary Society, they are planning to send a cubesat to the moon!
The Moon is moving away from the Earth at a rate of 3 cm/year; can we really afford to let it get away with this?

UKSEDS, together with the British Interplanetary Society, plan to send a CubeSat orbiter to the Moon! We’re in the early planning stages yet, but the aim is for a mission in 2013/2014. Resources and support from third parties have recently become available to make this a serious proposition and what we need right now are volunteers. Would you like to be involved, or know someone who does? If so: contact us!
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RAeS Lecture: Europe’s Human Spaceflight Programme: Current Planning and Future Options

Sorry for the lack of activity recently; not a great start to the blog.  Blogging has been on pause for a while as I’ve been preoccupied with house-hunting and a few other things.  I have, however, taken on an ad-hoc role with UKSEDS helping to keep their website and the Big Space Calendar up to date.

An important talk is coming up at the Royal Aeronautical Society.  Dr. Thomas Reiter, ESA astronaut and Director of ESA’s new Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations, is to give a lecture at the RAeS entitled Europe’s Human Spaceflight Programme: Current Planning and Future Options.  The lecture takes place at 6.00pm on Monday 19th September and is being jointly organised with the Centre for Space Medicine at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London.

With the demise of the Space Shuttle and the continuing debate in the USA as to what should follow it Europe’s plans for human spaceflight are the subject of much debate.  The Space Station also needs a crew to operate it and ESA has an astronaut corps, consisting of 8 Europeans, who are training for the upcoming missions. They are supported by a team of ground support staff who work in the European training, control and user centres.

Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm and a post-lecture reception will follow, sponsored by Logica.  This lecture is free to attend for both members and non-members alike; to confirm your attendance email or go to the event page and click on ‘Register for this event’.

P.S., it seems that David Mackay’s lecture at the Southend branch of the RAeS has been cancelled as it no longer appears on the RAeS events calendar.  It has been replaced with a talk by Stuart Eves from SSTL entitled Sophisticated Small Satellites from Surrey.