Strathclyde asteroid and space debris project wins UK-wide award

July 24, 2015

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde have won a prestigious UK-wide award for their work on a space technology project - securing the University's second success in the awards in five years.

The Stardust project, which explores solutions to the threats posed by asteroids and space debris, was the winner in the Space Achievement/Academic Study Research category of the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards, presented at the UK Space Conference 2015 in Liverpool.

The award is made for "significant or outstanding achievements in space research" and reflects Stardust's "innovative and effective" approach to dealing with manufactured objects in space and the monitoring, deflection and manipulation of asteroids.

The award was collected on behalf of the Stardust team by Chiara Tardioli and Clemens Rumpf, Marie Curie Research Fellows on the Stardust Project, and was presented by thefirst Briton in space, Helen Sharman.

It follows Strathclyde's previous success at the 2011 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards, in which the University's Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory was the winner in the Space Research category.

Peter McGinty, Stardust Network Manager, said: "This prestigious award is a fantastic achievement for Stardust, as well as for Strathclyde's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. It's a testament to the pioneering, forward-looking work of our researchers and demonstrates the esteem in which they are held.

"Asteroids are a significant natural threat to the Earth but we now have the knowledge and technology to tackle the risks they present and are continually working to refine and enhance its capabilities.

"Space activity is essential to our understanding of the universe and our place in it. Managing and controlling the debris which is a by-product of this exploration will allow us to continue to make further progress in the research and ensure a safe future for our assets in orbit."

Stardust is a €4.1m project funded by the European Commission under the FP7 People/Marie Curie Actions grant scheme. The network gathers together researchers and leaders from 17 different institutions, including academia, industry, research think tanks and the European Space Agency.
-end-


University of Strathclyde

Related Technology Articles from Brightsurf:

December issue SLAS Technology features 'advances in technology to address COVID-19'
The December issue of SLAS Technology is a special collection featuring the cover article, ''Advances in Technology to Address COVID-19'' by editors Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D., (National University of Singapore), Pak Kin Wong, Ph.D., (The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA) and Xianting Ding, Ph.D., (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China).

October issue SLAS Technology now available
The October issue of SLAS Technology features the cover article, 'Role of Digital Microfl-uidics in Enabling Access to Laboratory Automation and Making Biology Programmable' by Varun B.

Robot technology for everyone or only for the average person?
Robot technology is being used more and more in health rehabilitation and in working life.

Novel biomarker technology for cancer diagnostics
A new way of identifying cancer biomarkers has been developed by researchers at Lund University in Sweden.

Technology innovation for neurology
TU Graz researcher Francesco Greco has developed ultra-light tattoo electrodes that are hardly noticeable on the skin and make long-term measurements of brain activity cheaper and easier.

April's SLAS Technology is now available
April's Edition of SLAS Technology Features Cover Article, 'CURATE.AI: Optimizing Personalized Medicine with Artificial Intelligence'.

Technology in higher education: learning with it instead of from it
Technology has shifted the way that professors teach students in higher education.

Post-lithium technology
Next-generation batteries will probably see the replacement of lithium ions by more abundant and environmentally benign alkali metal or multivalent ions.

Rethinking the role of technology in the classroom
Introducing tablets and laptops to the classroom has certain educational virtues, according to Annahita Ball, an assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, but her research suggests that tech has its limitations as well.

The science and technology of FAST
The Five hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), located in a radio quiet zone, with the targets (e.g., radio pulsars and neutron stars, galactic and extragalactic 21-cm HI emission).

Read More: Technology News and Technology Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.