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.

The most challenging aspect of the course is of course the amount of work you are required to put in over the years. However, a combination of hard work, good teaching and a lot of self-study is a good recipe to graduate with a decent grade!

The staff here at Brighton really do listen to the feedback we have given them over the years and restructured the course around our needs and learning methods. I found that the more you communicate with your tutors and support staff the more support you will get in return.

Our project itself is quite niche – we are trying to implement a novel heat management system in to nanosatellites. The European Space Agency’s Fly Your Thesis campaign will give us the chance to test this technology in Zero-G on board the ESA’s Airbus A310. The aircraft performs 30 parabola a day (we have 3 days of testing), giving us 20 seconds of microgravity on each parabola.

This project is a perfect example of what the University of Brighton has done for me. After marking our bachelor dissertations, our endorsing professor (Dr Nicolas Miche) suggested we put ourselves forward for the ESA Fly Your Thesis Campaign because he saw that we where hard working and he had faith in our work. It was his encouragement that gave us the confidence to apply to the campaign.

The main thing I will take from the experiment is the fact that we will have flown in Zero-G! And of course, the scientific value of the project is huge, 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.

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