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Want to be a rocket scientist?


Many people have dreamt at some point of being an astronaut and travelling through space but hardly any get the opportunity to fulfil these childhood dreams. If you are a scientist with an engineering, maths or physics background the University of Surrey (UniS) may be able to help you reach for the stars with its newly-launched MSc and BEng/MEng courses in Space Technology and Planetary Exploration. While UniS cannot promise to launch you into the cosmos, these new courses can at least launch your career in one of the most exciting areas of science and technology.

The courses cover all aspects of space technology and planetary exploration including: spacecraft design; space robotics; solar system and interplanetary exploration; astrodynamics and space physics; spacecraft control; propulsion and launch vehicles; navigation and remote sensing.

UniS is uniquely able to offer key practical elements to their courses as it is the home to the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) incorporating Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), a UniS spin-out company. SSC is a recognised world leader in design, production and operation of small satellites. Because of the close links between SSTL and SSC(UniS) the courses offer students the chance to run a project designing, building and testing a palm-sized satellite, then to develop a mission for this satellite and its payloads. Significantly students are also required to work out a full business plan for their project, which may be one of the reasons so many students go on to work full-time for SSTL.

Stuart Miller | alfa
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