Case Studies

Welcome to the case study section of the SPAN website. Our members have written case studies highlighting the successes and challenges of Space missions. The aim is to inspire, inform, or explain why Space missions are so valuable to our society.

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Innovation in Ptolemy

PTOLEMY is an evolved gas analyser, which obtains accurate measurements of isotopic ratios of light elements. It was one of ten instruments on the Philea lander of the Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Authors: Piece adapted from STFC Food network post with review by Dr Geraint Morgan

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The Cassini-Huygens Mission

A description of UK involvement in the ESA, NASA, and Italian Space Agency mission, highlighting some of the challenges, discoveries and successes. Author: Professor David Southwood CBE

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Solar Orbiter

This case study outlines the benefits of UK involvement in the Solar Orbiter mission prior to launch. Author: Paul Eccleston

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18 May 2020

UK Space Academic Institutions Covid-19 Survey

Academic institutions and research labs in the UK are invited to complete the survey which will be repeated on a two week cycle. The current survey runs from the 18th of May to the 26th of May.

26 February 2020

The Cosmic Cast: an Earth and planetary science podcast from the University of Manchester

PhD and post-doctoral researchers from Manchester's Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group have been working on an Earth and planetary science podcast, The Cosmic Cast. On The Cosmic Cast, they talk to researchers, from PhD to professor...

28 January 2020

SPAN organising a Small Satellite Workshop

SPAN is holding a meeting to discuss a UK Small Satellite Programme. The workshop is kindly being hosted by the University of Strathclyde and SoXSA. The objective is to review the appetite and scope of a SmallSat/CubeSat programme for the UK, to...