Join us on Thursday 11th March for Uplink episode 41 when we’ll be exploring our next steps on the moon with ESA Science Advisor and Spaceship EAC Coordinator,  Aidan Cowley and Planetary Scientist, Hannah Sargeant who are at the heart of humankind’s exciting plans to return and to stay there! We’ll be live from 8pm GMT / 9pm CET / 3pm EST here (don’t forget to subscribe)


Aidan Cowley received his B.Sc in Computer Applications and M.Eng in Electronic Systems from Dublin City University, Ireland, in 2004 and 2005 respectively, and a Ph.D in 2011. Subsequently he went on to work as a researcher and lecturer at the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology (NCPST), Dublin City University, Ireland. There, his research activities included novel optoelectronic materials, thermoelectrics, plasma deposition and metrology as well as renewable energy systems. In 2014, Dr. Cowley joined the European Space Agency as a Research Fellow, stationed at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, and in 2017 became a Science Advisor there, working as part of the Exploration Preparation, Research and Technology (ExPeRT) team. As part of this work, he is conducting research into disruptive and enabling technologies for human spaceflight such as in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), additive manufacturing and VR/AR capabilities.


Hannah Sargeant is a post-doctoral researcher at the Open University (UK) working in the field of lunar resources. She holds a Physics degree from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Space Exploration Systems from the University of Leicester. Hannah recently completed her PhD in Planetary Science at the Open University where she worked with the ProSPA instrument team on water extraction techniques. She has also collaborated on projects at the Lunar and Planetary Institute investigating properties of the lunar poles to support future exploration. Now working with the LUVMI-X rover team, Hannah is investigating ways to reduce the power required for spaceflight mass spectrometers, and ensuring they are protected from the harsh lunar environment. Hannah continues to be a member of the PROSPECT Science team supporting the activities planned for the ESA instrument on-board the Luna-27 mission.


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