On a chilly Monday night over 100 students (from the Junior, Middle, and Senior Schools), parents, teachers, and others from the Barker community gathered to listen to Anthony Wicht share from his expertise in the space industry. He spoke about economics, physics, engineering, policy and law and how all of these areas combine to contribute to the space industry we have today.
Anthony was full of interesting stories and facts about space technology including:
- Satellites are just like mobile phones hurtling around space that are almost impossible to fix if something goes wrong.
- It’s vital to take off the lens cap before launching a satellite-mounted camera into space, because you can’t do it later.
- Australia is an ideal location for satellite communications, and even for satellite re-entry and recovery.
- It’s often cheapest to just leave a satellite in space rather than bring it back to ground, contributing to the space junk problem.
- You can contribute to the Space Industry regardless of the field of research or work you find yourself in.
The night ended with a series of questions from people of all ages. We look forward to further science-themed events in Term 3, particularly the Bi-Annual STEAM festival to be held on Thursday September 5. More details to come.