Win Sci Ctr - Using Missile Defence Technology to Solve the Near Earth Asteroids

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Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

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The Chelyabinsk meteor in 2013 caused approximately £10 million worth of damage and led to 1500 people seeking medical attention. The object remained undetected prior to its atmospheric entry and a larger meteor would be catastrophic if it happened over a city. Before panic sets in; some comfort can be taken that systems already exist, or are being developed, that could deal with this threat. With the technology potentially at our fingertips, this presentation primarily explores whether or not there is a strong enough business case for the inhabitants of Earth to pay for such a system. This Weapon Systems and Technology Lecture will be presented by Alex Godfrey ARAeS, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin UK.

Mr Godfrey is a Senior Systems Engineer working at Lockheed Martin UK – Ampthill, technically leading the pursuit and execution of new business civil space programmes. Most notably he has worked on ESA Space Rider, ESA Mars Sample Return Orbiter, Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators as well as several classified exoatmospheric programmes.

Space Lecture tickets include:

5.00pm Entry to upper exhibition and cafe
6.30pm Lecture followed by Q&A and a short break
7.45pm Planetarium show
8.00pm Event ends, Science Centre closes

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