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GIOTTO: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2010 20:38
Published on Wednesday, 23 February 2005 00:00

A very special symposium for everyone interested in the past and future of European comet exploration will be held at The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, Kensington, London on Thursday 29th & Friday 30th March 2001. 

 
The aim of this symposium is to bring together, on the 15th Anniversary of the Giotto spacecraft's fly past of Comet Halley, engineers and scientists who were involved in the historic encounter.
 

In addition to providing a forum for reflective accounts of this pioneering mission, leading scientists and engineers from Europe, America, Japan and the UK will assess Giotto's impact on space science and look forward to Rosetta, the next generation of European cometary explorers. Bona fide members of the media are welcome to attend free of charge.

However, pre-registration is required through the British Interplanetary Society (details at the end of this release).  The symposium is sponsored by Astrium, one of the world's leading space hardware companies.

THE GIOTTO MISSION.

In December 1982, the European Space Agency (ESA) appointed British Aerospace (BAe) as the Prime Contractor for the development of a spacecraft to intercept the most famous comet of all - Halley's Comet. Almost exactly 15 years ago, during the night of 13/14 March 1986, this spacecraft, named Giotto, made history by obtaining the first close-up pictures of a comet's black, icy nucleus. After surviving a battering from grains of comet dust, Giotto went on to become the first spacecraft to visit a second comet. The flyby of Comet Grigg-Skjellerup in July 1992 is still the closest encounter ever achieved with one of these cosmic icebergs.  Knowledge gained from Giotto, ESA's first 'deep space' probe, is currently being used to develop its next generation comet probe, Rosetta. Scheduled for launch in January 2003, Rosetta will make its own unique contributions to Solar System exploration by becoming the first spacecraft to orbit a comet at close quarters for more than a year, and the first to deploy a lander onto the surface of a comet nucleus. 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME 

DAY 1

09.30 - 10.00 Registration

10.00 - 10.10 Welcome

KEYNOTE SPEECH 

Chairman - D. E. B. Wilkins, former Head of Spacecraft Operations Division, ESOC, Germany.

10.10 - 11.00 The Giotto Mission Prof. R Bonnet, Director of Scientific Programmes, ESA

SPACECRAFT AND OPERATIONS Chairman - D Link, Project Manager (Giotto), BAe Filton.

11.20 - 11.50 Building the Giotto Spacecraft R Jenkins, Chief Project Engineer (Giotto), BAe Filton

11.50 - 12.20 Flying the Giotto spacecraft H Nye, ESA Flight Director, Giotto Extended Mission

12.20 - 12.30 Questions and Answers

THE SCIENCE PACKAGES

Chairman - Prof Dr R Bonnet, Director of Scientific Programmes, ESA

14.00 - 14.30 The Giotto Experiments Dr. G. Schwehm, Giotto Deputy Project Scientist  (Halley flyby) 

14.30 - 15.00 The Halley Multicolour Camera. Dr. H. U. Keller, HMC, MPT fur Aeronomie, Lindau,  Germany

15.00 - 15.10 Questions and Answers  UK SCIENCE & SOFTWARE

Chairman - Prof. R Turner, Project Manager DIDSY, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK.

15.30 - 16.00 Dust Analysis  Dr. J. A. M. McDonnell, Dust Impact Detector System  (DIDSY), Space Science Lab, University of Kent
 
16.00 - 16.30 Giotto Control Software M. Symonds, Logica 

16.30 - 17.00 Questions and Answers

DAY 2 THE SECOND COMETARY MISSION

Chairman - Dr. G. Schwehm, ESA Project Scientist for the Giotto Extended Mission.

09.30 - 10.00 EPONA: The discovery of a companion to Comet

Grigg-Skjellerup . Dr. S. M. P. McKenna-Lawlor, Energetic Particle  Detector (Giotto), Space Technology Ireland, National  University of Ireland

10.00 - 10.30 Plasma tails of two comets  Dr. A. Coates, Three-dimensional Positive Ion Analyser   (JPA),Mullard Space Science Lab, UCL

10.30 - 10.40 Questions and Answers 

GIOTTO: IMPACT & IMPORTANCE   Chairman - Prof. R Bonnet, Director of Scientific Programmes, ESA

11.00 - 11.30 Giotto: The international impact - NASA Dr. G. Briggs, NASA Ames.  11.30 - 12.00 Giotto: The international impact - ISAS

Dr. Y. Matogawa, ISAS, Japan

12.00 - 12.15 Questions and Answers 

ROSETTA: THE NEXT GENERATION

Chairman - D. Link, Project Manager (Giotto), BAe Filton, UK.

13-30 - 14.00 Rosetta & Giotto: Bridging the Gap

Dr. G. Schwehm, ESA Project Scientist for Rosetta and  Project Scientist for GEM 

14.00 - 14.30 MODULUS: A UK Science Experiment for Rosetta Dr. I. Wright, The Open University
 
14.30 - 14.40 Questions and Answers

GIOTTO: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS

Chairman - D. Millard, Associate Curator, Space Technology, Science Museum

15.00 - 15.30 Gemini, Apollo & Giotto: A Personal View  D. E. B. Wilkins, former Head of Spacecraft Operations  Division, ESOC

15.30 - 16.00 Why was Giotto Special?: A Personal View  R. Jenkins, Chief Project Engineer (Giotto), BAe Filton

16.00 - 16.20 Questions and Answers

16.20 CLOSING REMARKS 

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FOR MEDIA REGISTRATION OR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SYMPOSIUM CONTACT: Shirley Jones, Executive Secretary, British Interplanetary Society, 27/29 South Lambeth Road,  London SW8 1SZ  Tel: +44 (0)207- 735-3160 Fax: +44 (0)207-820-1504 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OR refer to the BIS web site at: http://www.bis-spaceflight.com/

 

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