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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09 August 2021

SPAN Inputs into House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

SPAN responded to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee call for evidence on the UK Space Strategy and satellite infrastructure.

09 August 2021

SPAN Inputs Into BEIS Draft Strategy

As part of a wide consultation of the academic community by BEIS for the National Space Strategy, SPAN consolidated inputs in a White Paper in June.

09 August 2021

SPAN’s Membership Grows

With the universities of Liverpool John Moores and Bradford, the number represented in SPAN reaches 40 with 8 national centres or research institutes also represented.