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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24 September 2020

National Space Innovation Programme – International

A webinar is being organised on Tuesday the 29th of September to engage with the scientific community. To register please follow the link.

22 July 2020

National Space Innovation Programme

The call for proposals is open and accessible on the gov.uk website. Expressions of interest must be made by the 17th of August and the deadline for proposals is the 2nd of September. Link

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