Helena Twigg: The Beagle that lost its Bark in Space

Title of Talk: The Beagle that lost its Bark in Space
Speaker: Helena Twigg, from Southampton Solent University
Date: Monday 14 March 2016
Time: 6pm for 6:30 start

Joint meeting with BCS Hampshire Branch, BCSWomen and Southampton Solent University, as a special Science Week event, at Southampton Solent University, room RM 326, in the Reginald Mitchell Building, 3rd Floor

Directions and maps at http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/find-us/find-us.aspx

Campus map http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/resources/find-us/east-park-terrace-campus-map.pdf

This event is free, open to all, but please book through the BCS website, https://events.bcs.org/book/1902/ both for BCS members and non-members for arranging refreshments and particularly as the numbers are limited.

Almost one year ago, an announcement was made that Beagle 2 had been found on the surface of Mars. This low-budget, highly experimental British foray into space engineering had been lost for eleven years and was presumed to have crashed into the planet: its carefully designed Entry, Descent and Landing system having failed and the whole module disappeared without trace.

This presentation will tell the story of a remarkable project, the emotional impact of its loss and eventual discovery, and the use of radar technology in the Entry, Descent and Landing system of Beagle 2, by a member of the EDL system design team. A task with many, many estimations, and many, many unknowns – how do you test something that is required to work on Mars?

Helena Twigg graduated in 1998 from the University of York with a B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering and spent seven years in Research and Development, including working on Beagle 2. In 2005, she returned to academia and completed a M.Sc. in Forensic Engineering and Science at Cranfield University. Since then she has worked as a Digital Forensic Examiner, Mum, Electronic Engineering Lecturer and most recently has returned to Research again, developing sensors to detect corrosion in offshore marine structures.

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