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Hitchin Girls’ 1995-2002
BSc Physics with Space Research, University of Birmingham: MSc Spacecraft Technology and Satellite Communications, UCL.
GlaxoSmithKline, Local Pubs ASDA then work proper after University!
Spacecraft Systems Engineer – EarthCARE Mission
EADS Astrium Ltd
I design spacecraft that do cool science, helping us understand climate change.
I work for a company that designs and builds satellites (or spacecraft as they’re called if they are going to a different part of the Solar System). My job is to work on a mission on the engineering side and make sure it is going to all work together. It can take many years for a mission to go from idea to completion, so there are lots of things to think about! I am particularly interested in Earth Observation and climate change and have been involved studies for instruments that will help to detect this from Space.
My Typical Day:
Well, different all the time; lots of talking to people and dealing with different problems and potntial solutions!
As the systems engineer for the mission, it is my job to ensure that the spacecraft will work once it all comes together. Most parts are designed by different people, for example the strucure, thermal design and propulsion system. As the design evolves, many things change and so I need to work out the best solutions for the spacecraft overall; not just for each small section. To do this, I might need to do some analysis, using information form lots of places. Or, I might need to talk to people and then make decisions. Other aspect sof my work are to bring new ideas to the design, which might onvolve something that has never been used in Space before. I also take days out of my work to talk to scientists about climate change instruments and go into schools and universities as well. Often we will have people visit where I work and i enjoy showing them all the spacecraft that are being built at the moment. Everyone loves the Mars Rover that we are designing here to go to Mars; the current prototype, Bruno, has a warehouse sandpit to play in as he is tested!
What I'd do with the prize money:
Two things; one is to sponsor a local school I have been working with to get to the National Space Centre as they can’t afford the coach at the moment and the other is to set up some days ‘Science Busking’ in public places.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Imaginative, quirky, adventurous
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, although I was never very good at handing homework in on time!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Florence and the Machine
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Kitesurfing 250km down the Brazilian coast with friends last year – so cool to get from A to B via kite power!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
See the world, see my spaceraft launced successfully and meet lots of interesting people.