Zero G!

The demand for engineers is greater than ever and it’s a fascinating field to get into. I chose Mechanical Engineering as it’s the most diverse course you can do and from that you can go into any aspect of engineering, and practically any technical job.

The most interesting aspects of the Mechanical Engineering MEng course are the different rage of modules we study. From Advanced Computation Fluid Dynamics to Engineering Business Management, the range of skills we are taught are very exciting and contribute to an extensive skillset to take into the working world.

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Students’ ground-breaking project set for zero gravity

Five Engineering students from the University of Brighton have been selected as one of just two teams across Europe to take their ground-breaking project into zero gravity.

The members of the team, PHP Cubed, are all undertaking masters degrees in either Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering. Georgie Crewdson, Tom Critchley, Matteo Pontecorvo, Liam Ardagh and Alex Evans will participate in the flight programme Fly Your Thesis! in Autumn 2019.

The students will be given the opportunity to test their project in a zero-gravity environment aboard an aircraft in Bordeaux, France, that simulates the weightlessness of outer space.

Last month PHP Cubed presented their work at the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk in the Netherlands, along with five other teams from Poland, Germany and Italy.

Each team presented their experiment ideas to the selection board, with PHP Cubed and Grain Power, 3D-Printing from Germany making it through to the flight programme next year. The board based its final decision on the feasibility, safety, scientific value and educational value.

In January, the students will spend a week at the European Space Agency’s training facility ESEC-Galaxia in Belgium where they will learn skills such as project management, outreach and communication, system engineering principles, space science and other issues that will help them progress their project. They will then be in a position to fly their experiment in Autumn 2019 after having spent the year developing their project from scratch.

Mechanical Engineering MEng student Georgie Crewdson, part of PHP Cubed, said: “The main thing I will take from this experiment is the fact we will have flown in zero-gravity.

“The scientific value of the project is huge, and the data we collect may change the way we design nanosatellites and contribute to the innovation of space tech design.

“Our experiment will also provide a legacy for future students to build upon and innovate even further.”

Aeronautical Engineering MEng student Tom Critchley, another member of Cubed PHP, said: “We are all incredibly excited to start working on building our project now that we know we have made it through. The opportunity to experience and perform research in zero-gravity is a once in a lifetime experience which I cannot wait for.”

PHP Cubed are currently fundraising through the University of Brighton’s Springboard initiative, to raise money for materials for their innovative experiment. To donate to the project, visit: https://bit.ly/2FbA1DK

Fly Your Thesis – presentation day!

Friday 12 October – presentation day!
We were all so excited for today! Everyone is dressed up and very nervous. Six presentations were given during the day from Polish, German and Italian teams with subjects ranging from 3D printing to Cancer research. It was such an amazing and inspiring experience and we meet some very talented people.

Our team performed well and we enjoyed a good interactive Q&A from the panel following the presentation.

Saturday 13 October
It was a beautiful day in Amsterdam so we took the opportunity to explore before we left later that day.

Fly Your Thesis – the team are on their way to the final selection stage

Wednesday 10 October
We were on the train to Gatwick at 10.30, leaving sunny Brighton fully prepared for an exciting few days and arrived in an even sunnier Amsterdam later that day!
We  stayed in Noordwick tonight to do some serious preparing before we meet all the other teams tomorrow.

Thursday 11 October
Hello ESTEC! (European Space Research and Technology Centre). Apart from the super exciting technology here at ESTEC, we were informed prior to our arrived that we MUST eat at the agency’s canteen. You don’t have to ask us twice… (and yes it was phenomenal)

After lunch we were welcomed by the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office and introduced to Novespace, ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association) and shown around ESA’s super confidential space testing facilities. No photos for this, sorry!