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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SmallSats as an Enabler of Innovation

A Case Study of Satellite Quantum Key Distribution and Space Quantum Technologies

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20 January 2022

Science Museum Space Seminar Series

Starting on the 25th of January, this series focusses on Asia with monthly meeting. https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/science-museum-space-seminar-series

20 January 2022

7 Steps to SPAN the Gap

An article outlining steps to strengthen UK academia in the space sector to be published in Astronomy and Geophysics https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article-abstract/63/1/1.35/6507483

20 January 2022

Science and Technology Committee

Submissions to the Science and Technology Committee's inquiry, UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure have been published UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure - Committees - UK Parliament