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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29 June 2020

UKSA / SPAN Seminar – National Space Innovation Programme and the International Space Programme

UKSA / SPAN online meeting is planned for the 1st of July from 3pm to 4pm. To participate, contact info@span.ac.uk

05 June 2020

UK SPACE ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS COVID-19 SURVEY – Round 3

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 until 11:30 pm on the 14th of June.

04 June 2020

SPAN-UKSA Academic COVID-19 Webinar

More than 70 attendees joined the webinar on the 2nd of June to hear from UKSA and SPAN what impacts the UK's space research organisations have been reporting in COVID-19 surveys. A recording of the webinar is available here and the questions and...