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.
09.30 - 10.00 Registration
10.00 - 10.10 Welcome
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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