Saturday 26 November 2022
SPACE DOMAIN AWARENESS AND EXOPLANETS
Professor Don Pollacco will discuss the urgent requirement for Space situational awareness as the Space domain becomes increasingly over-crowded with a proliferation of small satellites and super constellations and will examine the recent finding of numerous Exoplanets and the search for Earth-like planets
Biography: Professor Don Pollacco joined the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group of Warwick University in September 2012. He is a world leader in the search for planets around distant stars. He played a crucial role in developing the SuperWASP project, which has found more than a third of all known transiting planets and was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award in 2010. Don took part in NASA’s Senior Review of its astrophysics space missions, and has been heavily involved in an advisory capacity with both the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and UK Space Agency (UKSpA) for many years. Don is also co-PI of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) and leads the exoplanet science programme of the proposed European Space Agency mission PLATO. These new missions are targeted at finding Earth-like planets and enabling detailed studies of their atmospheres.