- Six teams of students are vying for the chance to build an experiment for a satellite that will launch in 2010. The semi-finalists are now required to work up a final proposal for submission in August; an outright winner will be selected by judges in the Autumn.
The winning experiment is required to be about the size of a lunch box, weighing no more than 1kg. The contest is organised by the British National Space Centre (BNSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL).
It is aimed at students between the ages of 14 and 18. It was conceived by Dr Stuart Eves, of SSTL, as an initiative for boosting interest in space science among young people. But it will be given a developmental budget of up to £100,000.
St George's College Addlestone
- experiment will study the characteristics of Near-Earth space dust, which can damage orbiting spacecraft
Helston Community College
- will test the ability of bacteria to survive the extreme conditions of outer space
Langton Star Centre
- experiment will detect cosmic rays hitting the Earth's atmosphere
Schome Park Project
- to observe "earthshine" and identify key life markers in the reflected light of the Earth
- will investigate the electrically charged...