The Future of Space: Ireland’s role

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Technical lecture
31 January 2018 19:00 - 20:30
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With more money than ever being invested into space by governments and private space companies, this is one of the most revolutionary periods for aerospace technology since the 60’s. With costs reducing annually, getting to space has never been more accessible. Between Dr. Norah Patten, UCD’s EIRSAT-1 and collaborations between Enterprise Ireland and the ESA, exciting times lay ahead in Irelands future with the space industry.
Dr. Norah Patten, on course to become Ireland’s first ever astronaut, will discuss her passion for space and what ignited her desire to pursue a career in the space industry. She will discuss her education and training so far and the final steps to eventually make it into space. She is also focused on passing on her passion to children with her most recent educational product, Planet Zebunar.
Confirmed by the ESA earlier this year, EIRSAT-1 will be Irelands first satellite to orbit the Earth. Short for, Educational Research Satellite-1, the goal of this cube satellite is to provide adequate training for undergraduate and graduates in satellite development and inspire the next generation of students to pick STEM subjects. 
Conor Sheehan will explain how Enterprise Ireland Role with ESA through the Sentinel 5P. After signing a deal to gain access to the Sentinel 5p satellite that provides almost real-time Earth monitoring, we will look at what this means for Ireland and our closer collaborations with the ESA and an ever-increasing investment in space. There will be time for a Q&A minutes at the end.



There will be three speakers Joe Thompson, from EIRSAT-1 which is Irelands First Satellite and Conor Sheehan who is Enterprise Irelands representative at Horizon 2020 Space Research and Dr. Norah Patten, who hopes to become Ireland’s first ever astronaut.


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