Official Student Branch

European Space Agency Rosetta Mission

The Sydney Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society is hosting a talk from Warwick Holmes discussing the ESA Rosetta Mission. Come along for an fascinating night, friends and free pizza.

Synopsis: The Rosetta spacecraft orbited the Sun five times and travelled through the solar system for more than 8 billion km over a period of more than 12 years to complete its mission. Rosetta achieved historical world acclaim as the only interplanetary spacecraft that successfully landed a probe (Philae) and orbited a comet for more than 2 Testing Philae lander now on Comet-67P years performing >100,000 scientific measurements

Biography: Warwick Holmes was born in Sydney and lived his junior years in Adelaide and Canberra. He graduated from Sydney University with Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degrees and a Masters degree in Technology Management from the University of NSW. For 29 years Warwick worked in Europe exclusively on the development of European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft including: Scientific, Earth Observation, Telecommunications, Navigation and Manned spacecraft programs. He specializes in spacecraft system engineering, focusing on the verification of hardware and software of complex spacecraft systems.

Warwick was employed as a staff member of the European Space Agency the only Australian to have achieved this position. Working as an avionics system engineer, Warwick worked on seven ESA programs each valued at over A$1 billion. He successfully built, tested and launched ten different spacecraft with ESA with a total mass operating successfully in orbit of over 37 tons. Building Rosetta spacecraft 2002 Warwick was a payload engineer for five launch campaigns from the ESA launch base in French Guiana using the Ariane-3, Ariane-4, Ariane-5 and Soyuz-STB launch vehicles. On the Rosetta project, he was designated the Spacecraft Support Team leader (SST) responsible for giving the final "Go-for-Launch" call from to the Flight Operations Director in Germany, starting the Rosetta mission.

Location: Mechanical Engineering Theatre, University of Sydney
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: Free, and pizza will be provided!

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This is a FREE event and all are welcome, however tickets are strictly limited and registration is essential!