Ask the crew - panel at FEDCON
FedCon 28 | Vortrag | ESA - Telemetry from Spaceship Earth
Telemetry from Spaceship Earth
11. May 2019
FedCon 28 | Vortrag | ESA - ACTUALLY flying to Mars
ACTUALLY flying to Mars
12. May 2019

Is there anything you wanted to know about the real world of space but were too afraid to ask? Now is your chance – come to the ESA panel at FedCon 28 to ask the real scientists and engineers of the European Space Agency your questions about what life is actually like working in space for a living!

During the panel you’ll get to quiz scientists and engineers from the European Space Agency on any topic you want! You can find out everything from what it’s like to orbit Mars to how we dodge space junk or even just what sci-fi the team loves! Ask how mission control makes our missions successful and find out what makes us different from a starship bridge (hint: there are a lot more meetings!). It will be a completely open session so you are in the driving seat…come along and learn why really flying in space can be as weird and wonderful as any science fiction!

Lecturer: Armelle Hubault, Chris White, Jana Mulacova, Thomas Ormston, Cassie Stuurman, Corinna Vatterodt, Simon Wood
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: english
We are the European Space Agency, dedicated to the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone. Established in 1975, we now have 22 Member States and for more than 40 years we have promoted European scientific and industrial interests in space. We make space work for everyone. We build and launch rockets and satellites, train astronauts, watch over Earth, explore space and try to answer the big science questions about the Universe.

The team from the European Space Agency that are at FedCon are all real scientists and engineers that spend their days flying a fleet of spacecraft across the solar system and are here to add a little of the excitement of science fact to the science fiction. The seven scientists and engineers that you can meet at FedCon this year are:

Armelle Hubault & Chris White - Armelle and Chris are operations engineers working on the ExoMars mission. ExoMars is ESA's latest Mars mission - it only just arrived in its final orbit at Mars last year and now has a busy science schedule investigating faint gasses in the Martian atmosphere.

Jana Mulacova - Jana works in Product Assurance for a whole range of different missions across ESOC. Her work is critical to ensure that no details are missed and that the teams at ESOC follow proper procedures and standards to ensure our missions are safe and successful.

Thomas Ormston - Thomas is an operations engineer working on the EarthCARE mission. EarthCARE is still preparing for launch and is part of ESA's Earth Observation programme - a series of missions ensuring that the best and most up to date information about our planet and its health is available to all.

Cassie Stuurman - Cassie is an ESA scientist who specializes in measuring planetary phenomena using space-based radar. From Martian glaciers to Earth oceans, her work spans a number of missions and planets. Her primary focus is on Sentinel-1, an Earth-observing radar satellite mission with a variety of applications.

Corinna Vatterodt – Corinna is part of the FedCon family – this will be her 10th year! Last year she joined the ESA family too as a Young Graduate Trainee. She works on building the next generation of software for controlling our spacecraft

Simon Wood - Simon is an operation engineer working for the Mars Express flight control team. Mars Express is ESA's first Mars mission and has been orbiting the red planet since 2003. It still delivers amazing science every day and Simon and the Mars Express team are working to ensure it continues as long as possible.

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