A team of space mission experts were very excited to welcome budding “artonauts” to In-Space Missions Ltd HQ at the BASE innovation Centre in Bordon.

Sam from St Thomas of Canterbury School Guildford, Megan from Amery Hill School Alton and Charlotte from Kingston University were the winning entries in their age categories in a competition run by the local Space Mission Engineering company to design a Mission Patch for their first spacecraft, Faraday-1.!

Our VIPS, Sam, Megan and Charlotte point to their winning mission patch designs for the Faraday-1 Spacecraft.

Megan from Amery Hill School (Left), Charlotte from Kingston University, (Centre), Sam from St Thomas of Canterbury School (Right).

The winners were treated to a spot of afternoon tea to fuel them up for an interactive spacecraft design session, then proceeded to get kitted up in cleanroom gear to go and find out more about the build and test of Faraday-1, finishing with obligatory selfies with the spacecraft.

The three winners also got stuck into the Q&A session, testing the experts’ knowledge with a variety of questions from fitting the spacecraft into the launch vehicle, through the experiments on board and onto the more topical issue of space junk.

Jeannie Satchell and Jamie Ross from the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership and Growth Hub also joined the team, keen to meet the winners and find out about their current interests as well as their future plans.

Our VIPs are joined by the Enterprise M3 LEP, Growth Hub and In-Space Directors.

From Left to Right: Megan – Amery Hill School (Front), Doug Liddle (Back); Charlotte from Kingston University, Jeannie Satchell, Enterprise M3 LEP, Tony Holt – CTO In-Space)) Sam from St Thomas of Canterbury School (Front); Jamie Ross from EM3 Growth Hub.

Special congratulations go to Sam who won the competition overall. His design will be used as the mission patch for Faraday-1 and will fly on board the spacecraft. In recognition of the high quality of the entries, all entrants have been given the opportunity to have their names stored on board Faraday-1!

I felt so happy when I found out my design had won. The best bit was actually seeing the satellite in the lab as it was different to how I expected and I learnt lots of new facts.

Sam inspects the Faraday-1 spacecraft with our Director of Space Systems, Ed.

Megan & Charlotte join Faraday-1 for spacecraft test!

This competition was the first of many ideas to try to get more people, of all ages and interests engaged and inspired in space and to start to find out what they can do using space-based technology and what it can do for them.

Keep checking back for updates on the Faraday-1 launch and news about our next competition.

Faraday 1 Patch competition winners having an interactive spacecraft design session with Principal Engineer, Nimal - In-Space Missions

The competition winners having an interactive spacecraft design session with Principal Engineer, Nimal.

By In-Space
September 26th 2019