Member of the Rad-Sat team have shared information about the project to a range of stakeholders, government and the public through a number of events and activities:
Press and Media
Recent work from the Rad-Sat project has shown that satellites are more at risk from fast solar wind than a major space storm. ““Fast solar wind is more dangerous to satellites because the geomagnetic field extends beyond geostationary orbit and electron radiation levels are increased all the way round the orbit – in a major geomagnetic storm the field is distorted and radiation levels peak closer to the Earth”. See the press release for the study here.
Professor Richard Horne, of the British Antarctic Survey, gave an interview on space weather for a BBC science documentary which was broadcast over Christmas 2017.
Sounds of Space
Nigel Meredith, of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), has undertaken a science and art collaboration focusing on the ‘sounds of space’; a project celebrating radio emissions naturally produced by our planet that can be detected both in space and on the ground. These waves are a form of electromagnetic radiation and can not be heard directly, but have been converted to audio files using software. For more information, and to listen to the ‘sounds of space’, see the BAS website.
The ‘sounds of space’ from Halley have been incorporated into the new exploration gameplay in Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter 4. In this unique collaboration Nigel Meredith worked with Frontier Developments, the creators of Elite Dangerous, to incorporate the eerie sounds into the new gameplay. In any one of over 400 billion stellar systems, players can now use a new analysis mode to discover more about their surroundings. The new mode, called the Full Spectrum System Scanner, features the simulated sounds of radio emissions from exoplanets in remote stellar systems based on the Halley VLF recordings.
PhD student Sarah Bentley has written an informative blog post for Reading University’s SocialMetwork blog explaining how plasma from the solar wind enters the Earth’s magnetosphere. Find it here.
Ever wondered what solar wind properties drive ultra low frequency waves in the magnetosphere? Sarah Bentley explores the topic on Reading University’s Social Metwork blog.
Talks to schools
Clare Watt, of the University of Reading, is actively engaged in bringing science to schools – helping school children learn about the science of the radiation belts. Most recently, on the 20th April 2018, Clare gave a Q&A session on space hazards and space travel to a Year 5 class at Farley Hill Primary School in Berkshire.
Public talks and lectures
Nigel Meredith gave a public lecture at Cambridge Science festival showing the sounds of space – recordings of waves from the magnetosphere converted into audio files.
Clare Watt took part in a “Pint of Science” event in Reading on 15th May 2018. She gave a talk to adults with a scientific interest.