Nexus 9 are entering into the UK Space Agency competition ‘SatelLife’. The SatelLife competition challenges students aged 11-22 to come up with unique and exciting proposals for how satellites could be used in new ways to improve the quality of life on Earth. They have a short period of time to put together a detailed proposal which will then be judged in regional and national competitions.
Our students were incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to link up with Cathrine Armour, the Director of the South West Centre for Excellence in Satellite Operations. Dr Armour gave the students some invaluable advice on how to design a winning project proposal and was able to answer many questions about how satellites are currently used. The challenge has been promoted locally by the Enterprise Adviser Network, the network which is part funded by the Council, LEP and the CEC aims to work with schools and employers to increase the amount of quality engagements that students have whilst they are at school.
The students now have to come up with their projects before they are presented to a panel of industry experts from the South West for detailed feedback. Aerospace engineering is one of the fastest growing sectors in the regional economy and Cornwall is becoming a hub for high-tech industry. This opportunity to work directly with leading experts is a fantastic chance for our students to gain an insight into this important field.