• Question: What is the coolest thing you have made to aid in space travel?

    Asked by Wispa7911 to Stephen, Sita, Rory, Hannah, Brian, Alison on 4 Mar 2019.
    • Photo: Rory Scarrott

      Rory Scarrott answered on 4 Mar 2019:


      Unfortunately I have not yet made anything to aid in space travel.
      I’ll keep writing down some ideas though… always write down your ideas, no matter how silly they may seem.

    • Photo: Sita Karki

      Sita Karki answered on 4 Mar 2019:


      I am afraid, I have ever made anything that directly helped in the space travel. May be something to do for future.

    • Photo: Alison Dufresne

      Alison Dufresne answered on 4 Mar 2019:


      Propulsion systems, some of which are in orbit helping move around satellites. πŸ˜€ Very much a dream come true – to have helped design and build these systems. The coolest engine I’ve built hasn’t been flown yet. It’s still in development. It’s 3D printed and regeneratively cooled. I’m super exited to get that one qualified to fly in space!!

    • Photo: Hannah Currivan

      Hannah Currivan answered on 4 Mar 2019:


      During the summer while working for a company here in Ireland’s space industry called “InnaLabs” I worked on gyroscopes which are used in the aerospace industry!!!
      I have helped in space travel in terms of myself gaining experience in spacecraft operations from a European Space Agency trainee week, which I will eventually be contributing to my career and space travel in operating satellites in orbit around Earth. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Photo: Stephen O'Connor

      Stephen O'Connor answered on 5 Mar 2019:


      I have not made anything to aid in space travel, but during my masters I got to design and build a reaction wheel for a small satellite.
      It’s a device that some satellites use to keep them stable so that they don’t spin in the wrong direction.
      I took a small motor from a drone, attached a small brass disc to it, and programmed it using a Raspberry Pi to spin in reverse and backward. It was a lot of fun seeing it move for the first time πŸ˜€

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