Thursday, 12 March 2020

Headshot Socialising

So I think I have accidentally created a clickbait title for this blog post - so if you are here looking for some kind of weird shooting related social content prepare to be horrifically disappointed...๐Ÿ˜
Last Tuesday we arranged for some members of our group to meet up to start taking headshots of them to upload on our website - being launched soon so keep those eyes peeled! As like most things we try to do the semi-formal image taking session devolved into loose madness. There were debates over yellow or white backgrounds, so we ended up taking one photo of each person with one yellow background and one white. I mean I love the enthusiasm for the yellow but it was a little pointless because as the website creator no yellow is going anywhere near my beautiful creation. (Yeah, that's right, I am vetoing the colour yellow, what you gonna do about it)
Whilst the great yellow debates were happening some beautiful pictures were being taken of our team members. I am going to post some of the most beautiful on our Facebook and Instagram page so go and check them both out! Click Me
After we managed to get thousands of stunning images a group of us headed to the hottest spot in town for cheap drinks and chips - the Charles. Had a lovely relaxed chat whilst we got to know each other. Crazy schemes have now been planned - apparently, the team mascot is going to be a bee now... I'm sure if they all arrive in America dressed as bees, we will be taken as the serious no-nonsense team of scientists that we are๐Ÿ’ช
We [ well realistically I] have also decided that we would all benefit from some lovely drinking social events next term, so keep an eye on the Facebook page for details on that when I plan it - which I will.
This will probably be the last blog post for this term - because let's be real, I have a life that I want to live that doesn't involve buying bee costumes on amazon - so thanks for a really positive term guys and I am excited to see what the next one brings!

UK SEDS National Student Space Conference

On Saturday the 7th March, some dedicated members of our group embarked on their intrepid journey into the depths of Birmingham University for the National Student Space Conference. Because keen is their apparent collective middle name, they were up at 4:30 in the morning to get their 6am train. Despite such an early awakening two of the five managed to miss the train whilst the others had to sprint across York to get the bus. After they had their early morning athletic ability challenged they had a riveting day ahead of them, of endless talks and panels - the kind of thing that only true nerds would enjoy! So naturally, our group loved it - no surprises there! I got one of the boys to leave me a note on what the talks were about, but for those of you who don't know - or somehow missed the very very subtle hints - I am not a scientist so please don't get too upset because I am probably horrifically butchering the cool science content of these talks!

So, first of all, they listened to Airbus talk about black hole observation and soft robotics or something. I am assuming soft robotics doesn't mean they are designing robots that have squishy limbs but I really hope that is what that means! They then had a lovely little break - it's alright for some isn't it! But to be fair, they were working a little trying to 'Network' by talking to startups like D-Orbit and established firms like Airbus and STFC. They also managed to sniff out some possible future investors in our SAC project, so I guess it was worth trekking all the way to Brum after all! After their hard networking break, they had a lunar panel talking about things like lunar gates and possible colonisation of the moon. I have to admit, as a history student, when I hear the word colonisation I do cringe a little but I am sure it's not that kind of colonisation so it will be finneeee, right?... right? After their free lunch, they had a keynote from Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to spacewalk and the spacewalker of the original Hubble mission, sts-31. They then heard about the mars sample recovery mission, then a talk about women in space before they ended the day with some classy squash, wine, cheese and chatting.

Phew, managed to get all that down in the end! Making a long story short though, they seemed to have a very intellectual and productive day so we need to thank both the PhysSoc Committee for purchasing the tickets and WRIPA for funding the travel.

TLDR: 5 of our members went to Brum, spoke to some people, got some cheese, thanks PhysSoc and WRIPA for giving them the opportunity to eat said free cheese.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

First UK SEDS meeting

This evening we held a little informal meeting to see if we had any resounding interest in making a team for the UKSEDS competition. The meeting only started 15 minutes late so as long as the UKSEDS rocket isn't judged on punctuality we should be fine! In essence, however, the UKSEDS project is set to be a relaxed, open-ended, and easily accessible enterprise. Having said that, their first deadline for a design and build review is the END OF MARCH - that's this month guys - so good luck with the relaxed vibe, I have faith... The potential team members seemed incredibly keen though, and made immense progress in that meeting alone - a Facebook messenger chat has been made so now there is nothing stopping them launching a prototype tomorrow, right guys? :)
On a serious note though, if anyone missed the meeting and would like to be a part of this really cool project contact Parin Vyas for more details, as he will be the project lead on this one.
This project will be supported by Rapita Systems.

2021 progress update

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