World Space Week, Harwell



7th October 2016

Remote Sensing was the theme as the Satellite Applications Catapult welcomed 60 students from around the country to take part in a series of activities all in celebration of World Space Week. With support from Catapult Ambassadors, staff and the National Space Academy, the students were treated to a series of talks and activities highlighting the role satellites and, in particular remote sensing, has in their everyday lives.

The day’s activities included constructing a real life microsatellite called UBO, measuring the speed of light using a microwave and chocolate and building a temperature sensor using an Arduino microcomputer; with each activity providing the students with analogue examples of the science and technology involved in remote sensing.

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The day helped to showcase the work of the Satellite Application Catapult and to promote space careers to the students, particularly with the support of the Satellite Applications Catapult STEM Ambassadors, who each have a unique pathway of their own into the space sector.

Chris Duff – STEM Engagement Manager


World Space Week is the celebration of two monumental events in the history of the space programme. Held between the 4 and 10 October each year, the week celebrates the launch of the first official satellite into orbit Sputnik on 4 October 1957, and the ratification of the Outer Space Treaty on 10 October 1967.

What We Did

– The “Satellite days” were an excellent opportunity for the Polish and British aerospace business to meet and discuss trends and cooperation opportunities.

– The days primarily enabled CubeSats, based on the technology and knowledge of the Satellite Applications Catapult, to be built by outsiders for the first time in Poland.

– During the two-day workshop at the British Embassy, Polish students constructed six of these miniature satellites and discovered their potential user cases.

To complement the activities, the students were provided with a tour of the operations room, to see a real working example of remotes sensing: tracking illegal fishing vessels. They were also given a talk on Earth observation by an Earth Observation specialist and to give them a better understanding of the type of careers available to them; they were provided with a space careers talk.