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Qi3 organises Mars technology workshop on behalf of PPARC and CCLRC

Register now at www.qi3.co.uk/tpe

We’ve all been astounded at the success of ESA’s Mars Express mission, been enthralled by the images coming from the NASA Rovers and rooted for the plucky British Beagle 2 mission. Man’s next great planetary goal is Mars! If Europe is to engage in the integrated Aurora programme of Mars missions, industry and academia will need to work together to develop a range of technologies well beyond the current state of the art.

Qi3, acting as Industry Coordinator for the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), in collaboration with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (CCLRC), the UK Industrial Space Committee (UKISC) and the British National Space Centre (BNSC) is organising a meeting on “Technology for Planetary Exploration”. This meeting is to be held on 5th May 2004 in Oxfordshire and is open to industry and academic groups who can contribute technology in the following areas:

• Propulsion and buses
• Entry, descent and landing
• Autonomous vehicles and robotics (on the surface and above)
• Experiments (the science payload)
• Operational infrastructure (including command, control, communication, modelling, sample handling and environmental monitoring)

Places are limited – register now at www.qi3.co.uk/tpe. There is no charge for attendance. Please see the full text for this announcement and provisional programme at www.pparc.ac.uk/In/TechPlanetaryExp.asp

The objectives of the meeting are:
• To facilitate discussion across Research Councils and with Industry on technology requirements for the Aurora programme, and the part that UK technology may play.
• To develop a proposed list of interdisciplinary and industrial partnerships that should be supported by funding in the early stages of the Aurora mission

The meeting will cover technologies relevant to the Aurora programme:
(a) Although the meeting title is broad, the discussion will focus on technologies for Aurora.
(b) We will not discuss the science case for Aurora, but assume that it is approved.
(c) We will not discuss funding routes, but assume that the technology development programmes will need prioritisation and that funding will be made available.
(d) We shall focus on the robotic, rather than manned, exploration of Mars.

Provisional Programme
The main purpose for the day will be achieved through a series of short briefings, followed by two breakout sessions and plenty of time for discussion. Participants should note that this will be a full day workshop and attendance is requested for the whole meeting in order to support the quality of the output.

09:15-10:00 Registration and coffee
10:00-11:30 Briefing on Aurora and specific technology challenges
11:30-12:45 Working group session
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Working group session
15:30-15:45 Tea
15:45-17:00 Feedback session and open discussion

These groups will be asked to propose technology development programmes and goals that will provide advantage to UK academia and industry. Participants are asked to select their choice of session on registration.

To register for this workshop, please visit the registration website at www.qi3.co.uk/tpe. There are a limited number of places available, so early registration is encouraged. We cannot guarantee a place for every person registering, please await confirmation of your place by email about two weeks before the meeting. Please indicate your breakout session preference on registration.

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