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Space Scholarships

The SES Satellites Space Scholarship is a unique opportunity for 17-18 year old students who have completed their GCSEs and are interested in the space industry and astronomy in particular. The scholarship entitles you to a place on the residential Senior Space School hosted by the University of Leicester in July/August.  For further information on the Senior Space School, click here. There is also an opportunity to be considered for an intership with SES Satellites as part of the scholarship. The scholarship is designed to introduce and inspire the individual towards a wide range of career opportunities in the space industry. 

About the Sponsor – SES

SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 351 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further information is available at: www.ses.com

This is what Chloe, the 2018 Space Scholarship winner had to say about her experience:

Senior Space School UK at Leicester University was such an amazing experience; I learnt so much and had the fantastic opportunity of working with other people also enthusiastic about the space sector. The mentors at Space School were all so helpful and I have received so much useful advice based on their own university degrees in physics/engineering, which has made me so much more confident about submitting my own university applications next month.

We were given the task of building small rockets with gunpowder engines in teams of 3. The rockets had to have a payload of a ‘mars rover’ which had to eject mid-flight and safely land with a parachute, deploying 3 ‘astronaut’ bouncy balls upon landing. I specifically enjoyed working on the nosecone and balsa wood tailfins and engine mount, as it was so interesting to test different designs. In the final rocket launch, everything we had designed worked smoothly and our rocket won second place!

My favourite part of the entire course was the visit to the National Space Centre; it was such an experience to see a real life piece of moon rock and the to scale Thor Able rocket. The observing night was also amazing as I got to see Saturn and its rings as well as Jupiter and its moons through a telescope, and all the lectures at the university were so fascinating that I can’t wait to go to university! We also went indoor skydiving and it was so interesting to take part knowing that the initial purpose of the first vertical wind tunnel was to test how the re-entry capsules of Apollo rockets would react to terminal velocity conditions, and to make sure astronauts would remain safe within them.

Space School was such an amazing opportunity and I am so lucky to have been able to experience it!

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