ESA's GAIA Spacecraft, due for launch in 2012 will survey the stars in our galaxy and the local group in order to build up a 3D map and gain further insight into the composition, formation and evolution of the galaxy. To achieve these aims, the spacecraft attitude needs to be accurately controlled throughout the mission, presenting challenges for the design of the GAIA Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS).
Tea/Coffee at 18:00 and afterwards. Registration essential.
Victoria Hodges is an AOCS Engineer at Astrium Ltd. She is responsible for the Inertial Guidance Mode of the GAIA Spacecraft AOCS system. In 2009 she was awarded the IOP Women in Physics Group Very Early Career Woman of the Year prize for her work on AOCS and her contribution to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) outreach within schools.