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Episode 10: Landing on a planet at 600 miles per hour | Spring 2011 - Lunch Hour Lectures

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Episode 10 - Lunch Hour Lectures - Spring 2011

Landing on a planet at 600 miles per hour

Unmanned robotic missions are essential for understanding the planets within our solar system. Current missions comprise of gentle landings combined with rovers to explore the local region. Due to the expense of such missions, and their sometimes unsuitability as scientific outposts, UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory is developing Planetary Penetrators, which aim to land on planets at very high speed, penetrating the planet and implanting equipment just below the surface.

This lecture will discuss the engineering difficulties of ensuring delicate instrumentation remains intact and operable after such high impact; and will highlight the biggest hurdle of all - convincing the space agencies to adopt the equipment in the first place! With a whole solar system waiting to be explored, in 40 minutes this talk will describe the UK Penetrator Programme - where we've been, what we've achieved and the opportunities for the future.

Prof Alan Smith
UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL)
University College London

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