To Mars via Kazakhstan

THIS IS A PAST EVENT – HYPERLINKS AND FORMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED

Speaker: Terry Ransome

Date: 28 October 2015 – New Date
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

Finding-Beagle-postWhen all hope for ever hearing from Beagle2 on Mars was officially abandoned, Terry Ransome was one of many who hoped “maybe not”. Terry first met Professor Colin Pillinger in the Matra Marconi Space offices in Filton in the mid 90s, and put together the first ideas for a verification and test programme to fly a UK-built lander to Mars. Colin’s dream eventually came to fruition, and eventually Terry took Beagle 2 to Baikonur for launch and was the last person on Earth to ‘touch’ the Probe before it headed off to Mars in 2003.

In an entertaining talk Terry will tell of his delight at visiting the Baikonur Cosmodrome, some of the untold secrets of what actually happens in a launch campaign, and how Beagle2 was finally “found”.

Biography
Terry Ransome gained his first Degree in Engineering from Loughborough University in the late 1960s, graduating in July 1969 just as the first humans landed on the Moon. Then, following an MSc in Experimental Space Physics at Leicester University, he joined the aerospace industry at BAC Filton in 1970. Employed by BAC, BAe, Matra Marconi Space and Astrium for over 30 years, he had a 5-year break in the USA working on the Shuttle External Tank programme at Lockheed Martin. As a hands-on AIT (Assembly Integration and Test) Engineer and Manager, Terry has been involved in the build and test of many spacecraft, launching a Skylark rocket from Woomera in1971, ESA’s GEOS 1 and GEOS 2 satellites from Cape Canaveral in the mid 70s, and finally the UK’s Beagle 2 Mars Lander from Baikonur in 2003. In his retirement Terry has continued to maintain his interest in the fate of Beagle 2. For over 20 years he has lectured on Assembly Integration and Test on Southampton University’s Space Systems Engineering courses at ESA, ESOC and ESAC, and their annual courses for graduates from around the world.

THIS IS A PAST EVENT – HYPERLINKS AND FORMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED
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