UCL Space Domain
March 2020

Welcome to the UCL Space Domain Newsletter. We are highlighting exciting research opportunities at UCL as well as featuring lectures, events, news and funding opportunities related to Space.

First Measurements Received from Solar Orbiter

The first measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday 13 February providing confirmation to the international science teams that the magnetometer on board is working following a successful deployment of the spacecraft’s instrument boom.

Congratulations to all involved, in particular, the MSSL teams involved in The Solar Wind Plasma Analyser led by Professor Chris Owen at MSSL, and the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager led by David Berghans, Royal Observatory Belgium, MSSL designed and built the instrument electronics. 
Space Domain News

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Space Domain Events
We are very pleased to announce that Jonathon Porritt, well-known British environmentalist and writer, will be chairing the discussion and question period after this lecture. Register for Tickets. 
Tour of Harwell Campus
Prof Alan Smith is organizing a tour of the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus including R100, Catapult and ESA. Limited Space. Those interested please email
Space Images Wanted!
The UCL Space Domain is looking for your best Space images to create a mosaic image of London taken from the ISS and put on our new Space Domain T-Shirts and Tote Bags. If you have a great image that encapsulates the Space Domain or the research that is going on at UCL please add it to our mosaic here. 

Please note that the images will not be attributable as part of the mosaic but will be fully attributed if used in any other way.
Space News

ESA Ban on Travel

On 25 February ESA banned foreign travel for its staff except for exceptional circumstances following the coronavirus outbreak. They have also indicated a restriction of ESA sites hosting meetings. As an international organisation involved in multi-national space project this is bound to have an impact - however, hopefully it will also encourage more networked conferences and meetings which will be good for the environment. 

Royal Mail celebrates RAS bicentennial

"Visions of the Universe", a set of eight postage stamps marking the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Astronomical Society was released this month. 

The stamps were created by artist Robert Ball in collaboration with the RAS. The stamps feature illustrations of eight phenomena discovered or investigated by UK astronomers and geophysicists over the last two centuries. The stamp set includes the Cat’s Eye Nebula; Geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus; Pulsars; Black Holes; Jupiter’s Auroras; gravitational lensing; Comet 67P; and the Cygnus A Galaxy.
Conference Summary
ESPI partnered this year again with Business Bridge Europe for the 12th European Space Conference. Government officials along with high-level representatives of institutions and industry gathered on January 21st and 22nd in Brussels to discuss European space policy in a new decade and in the context of EU's global ambitions. Official Proceedings of the 12th European Space Conference can be found here.

SmartSat CRC

The SmartSat CRC is a consortium of industry and research organisations that will develop game changing technologies to bootstrap Australia’s space industry and catapult it into the 1/2 trillion dollar global economy.

SmartSat CRC has secured $245M in funding and are actively looking for research partners.

The Space Domain is keen to facilitate future research collaborations with SmartSat CRC. Please get in touch with Alan Smith with interest and proposals. 

Further details:
This symposium will bring the communities of the Space and Health & Life Sciences sectors together to discuss the current and future landscape. Further Details. 
Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Joseph Silk FRS, Professor John Zarnecki, Professor Ian Crawford and Dr Martin Elvis will take place on 18-19th March 2020 at The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG. Free to attend but registration essential.  

Low-frequency radio astronomy from the radio-shielded lunar far side can have a unique science impact on cosmology potentially at modest cost. The permanently shadowed lunar craters may offer advantages for passive cooling of infrared telescopes. This meeting will examine these and other potential uses of the Moon as a platform for astronomical observations and the policy implications. Further details and Register. 

Poster session deadline extended to Monday 17th February 2020. 

The Ireland and UK Hub of the Europlanet Society are conducting their first regional meeting on Friday 27 March 2020 at the Royal Astronomical Society in London. 

The Ireland and UK Hub particularly encourage presentations from early career researchers, and scientists who have disseminated their work via Europlanet networking workshops and/or research infrastructure.

To submit an abstract for the meeting, please email.
In celebration of 200 years since its foundation, the Royal Astronomical Society will hold its 2020 National Astronomy Meeting (NAM2020) in the city of Bath. 

NAM2020 will bring together astronomers and space scientists for the UK’s largest annual astronomy and space science event, taking place at the University of Bath from 12-17 July 2020. Leading scientists from around the world will present cutting-edge research, and the conference will mark the society’s anniversary with a wide programme of public engagement events.

Registration for NAM2020 along with a call for talk abstracts is due to open in mid-March.
Astrobiology and Planetary Exploration (APEX) Meeting Programme

APEX meetings this term will be at 13:00 on Tuesdays in the Pearson Lecture Theatre at UCL (Room G22, ground floor, entrance via NW corner of the UCL Front Quad). Full Programme details. 
ESA Business Applications and Space Solutions (BASS) – Developing your Business in Space

Speakers include Tony Sephton and Ludovic Duvet. Wednesday 11 March 2020 19:00-20:30 at BIS, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ. Register for tickets. 
The Satellite Applications Catapult is one of a network of UK technology and innovation companies which aim to drive economic growth through the commercialisation of research. 
Upcoming Events and Opportunities can be found here
SpaceCakes is a monthly informal networking and collaboration event for residents (both current and alumni) of the ESA BIC, Atlas Building and the space community.
Student Competitions
To enter, students should email a one-page abstract (400 words maximum) to the BIS at by Friday 27th of March 2020.   
UK finalists will be notified by Friday 10th April, and the UK final itself will take place in London on Saturday 2nd May at the BIS HQ in London.
Each finalist will be invited to give a 15-minute powerpoint presentation, and then answer questions for five minutes.
Once the abstract has been received, the students’ supervisors will be emailed to confirm their support for the entry. The postgraduate and undergraduate winners of the UK competition who represent the UK in Dubai will each receive a prize of £1000 after presenting at the IAC. 
Upcoming Conferences
43rd Committee on Space Research
15-22 August 2020, Sydney, Australia.
36th Space Symposium, Colorado, USA
March 30- April 2, 2020
Earth & Space Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA
April 20-23, 2020
London Geospatial Week, London, UK
May 18-22, 2020
European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting, Leiden, The Netherlands
29th June- 3rd July, 2020
The British Science Festival 20208th -12th September 2020, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
71st International Astronautical Congress, Dubai, 12-16 October 2020
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