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In conversation with Anuradha TK

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 25 July 2019

In conversation with Keshini Navaratnam, Anuradha TK, Geosat Programme Director at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), discusses a breadth of topics from the key considerations for communications in space and the interplay between form and function in satellite design, to the excitement for India’s first crewed space flight in 2022, the role of AI in space exploration, and the inspiration behind her journey into engineering.

To hear more insights from high profile engineers around the world, visit the Engineering Leadership series on our website or YouTube channel.

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Moon landing and Mars rovers: our forays into space

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  • 17 July 2019

Image caption (Credit NASA): Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo ll mission commander, at the modular equipment storage assembly (MESA) of the Lunar Module “Eagle” on the historic first extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. took the photograph with a Hasselblad 70mm camera. Most photos from the Apollo 11 mission show Buzz Aldrin. This is one of only a few that show Neil Armstrong (some of these are blurry).

Create the Future episode two

The second episode of the Create the Future podcast – Moon landing and Mars rovers: our forays into space  – is out now! Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, we talk with Apollo engineer Dr David Baker and then traverse the surface of Mars with Airbus ExoMars rover engineer Abbie Hutty.

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Introducing the Create the Future podcast

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  • 16 July 2019

Graphic of the QEPrize logo with the words 'create the future' written underneath. The text and logo are white on a green background.We’re excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series, Create the Future! *NEW LINKS UPDATED BELOW*

Create the Future

Engineering is everywhere. From nanotechnology and the Internet of Things to autonomous vehicles, healthcare, and even your morning cup of coffee – engineering shapes the world around us. Engineers launched us forward from our first use of tools to an era of space exploration, and they will play a central role in solving the challenges of our future. Create the Future explores the wonderful world of skill, creativity, and innovation that is engineering, and highlights how engineers impact our lives each and every day.

Hosted by Sue Nelson, each episode will look into a different area of engineering and bring together the knowledge, experiences, and ideas of both industry experts and young professionals.

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Selfies, space and surgery: How digital imaging sensors have shaped our world

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  • 29 January 2018

On 7th December last year, the 2017 QEPrize winners joined TV presenter LJ Rich, along with biomedical imaging specialist Alison Noble and ESA engineer Vinita Marwaha Madill, to discuss the past, present and future of digital imaging sensors at the Science Museum.

The panellists explored the creation of the digital imaging sensor, as well as current and future applications in space and biomedical imaging. Watch the video to find out more!

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Young designer sees fighter jet technology bring trophy design to life

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  • 1 November 2017

A young student who designed a trophy that will be presented to some of the world’s leading engineers has been given a behind the scenes tour of BAE Systems’ advanced manufacturing site where the trophy will be made.

Samuel Bentley, 16, of Prestatyn, Wales, visited the New Product and Process Development Centre (NPPDC) at BAE Systems in Samlesbury, Lancashire, where the company is pioneering world-leading technology to revolutionise manufacturing of military aircraft.

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A trip to Mars, via Hawaii!

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  • 11 October 2017

Jetting off to Hawaii in the name of science certainly sounds appealing, but for one intrepid group, it wasn’t all beaches and barbecues. In January, six scientists and engineers traded their home comforts for a life on Mars. Or at least, the closest imitation of life on Mars without leaving the atmosphere.

The HI-SEAS project, or the ‘Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation’, is a geodesic dome perched on a Hawaiian volcano. Set on a lava field around 8000 feet above sea level, the remote habitat is surrounded by Mars-like geology. Stranding crews on the mountain, the NASA-funded project aims to find out what is needed to endure long-duration space missions, including the trip to Mars.

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What’s next in the world of engineering?

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  • 2 October 2017

Engineering is responsible for the pulleys, wheels and bows and arrows that carried us towards civilisation. It powered the SS Great Britain across the Atlantic and raised the Eiffel Tower. Without engineering, we wouldn’t have powerful computers tucked away in pockets or a direct line to outer space. Since its inception thousands of years ago, engineering has undoubtedly shaped our world. The question we’re addressing this month, however, is what happens next?

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Turning pee into plastic on long-haul space flights

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  • 8 September 2017

Astronauts on board the International Space Station are notoriously thrifty. With limited storage space, and a long trip home to pick up extra supplies, resources must be recycled many times.

A clever life support system controls the atmospheric pressure on board and provides clean water and fresh air to astronauts. Filtration systems convert waste water from showers, urine and even sweat into drinking water, while carbon dioxide scrubbers clean up the air for breathing. Some products, however, inevitably go to waste and are ejected into space.

On their much longer journeys, Mars-bound astronauts could see themselves recycling everything (and we mean everything!) to reach the red planet in one piece. Chemical engineer, Mark Blenner has been studying how the microbes that give us bread and beer can help them get there.

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