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Space engineering lunch at the House of Lords

May 2022

Four A Level physicists finished the first half of Trinity term by attending an exciting All-Party Parliamentary Engineering Group lunch and debate at the House of Lords in London. Leo (L6D) describes the fascinating experience of learning about engineering in the space industry.


Early on Tuesday morning, four physics students (and Mrs Jackson) boarded a train to London, destined for the House of Lords for the All-Party Parliamentary Engineering Group lunch and debate – the theme was ‘Engineering in the Space Industry’. 

On arrival at our prestigious destination, we were greeted with a welcome drink and the opportunity to socialise and network with members of the House of Lords, MPs, and representatives from the aerospace industry. Once we had navigated the (challenging) seating plan we were presented with an incredible luncheon of spiced Cotswold chicken for the meat eaters, and Kentish pea and broad bean Wellington for the vegetarians. This was followed by delicious pudding, including sorbet, cheesecake, and raspberries. 

During the dinner we had three inspiring speakers: Lucy Davies, CEO of Satellite Applications Catapult, Phillipa Davies, Engineering Director of Reaction Engines Ltd, and Hamilton Law, Graduate Engineer for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. 

The speakers opened our eyes to the possibilities and mind-blowing applications of aerospace engineering, including the development of technology allowing us to grow human organs in space for use in transplants, the benefits of solar panels positioned in near space, as well as the engineering challenges of using flat-pack  technology for use in the space industry. The speakers also gave fantastic insights into their careers and the career progression available to young engineers.

It was a fantastic day, and amazing to see the diversity of opportunity available in the engineering industry.

Leo, L6D

 

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