Blenheim Branch Meeting - "Solving the Growing Problem of Space Debris"

When: Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 7.00pm
Where: Marlborough Aero Club – Clubrooms –100 Aerodrome Road, Omaka
Speaker: Professor Guglielmo Aglietti of the University of Auckland, FREng, PhD, CEng, FRAeS

In this month’s presentation, Professor Guglielmo Aglietti will provide an overview of his work in space engineering – in particular covering space debris and the mission that he and his UK colleagues carried out to demonstrate Active Space Debris Removal technologies.

Professor Guglielmo Aglietti is a leading international expert in space engineering in particular, space structures and mechanisms. His career started as a stress analyst at Alenia Spazio, working on the Columbus module of the international space station. Then worked at the European Space Agency and in 1995 moved to the University of Southampton (UK) where he obtained a PhD and progressed his academic career obtaining a personal Chair, becoming the head of the Astronautics Research Group. His activities spanned from academic research & teaching to consultancy for industry, covering both theoretical and experimental work.

He was awarded the RAEng Research Chair in Space Engineering and became Director of the Surrey Space Centre (University of Surrey, UK), with responsibilities covering all its research groups, working on a range of topics from space missions design and delivery, to hardware development (from concept design to MAIT) to downstream applications, including educational & knowledge transfer activities.

He was principal investigator of pioneering missions for technology demonstrations like active removal of space debris. His work has been presented at the leading international conferences, including keynote lectures. It frequently features in media outlets including in more than 250 publications.
Currently he is the Director of the Space Institute at the University of Auckland.

Professor Aglietti is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)and he has recently transferred his membership to the New Zealand Division.

The event is open to members, non-members, interested persons and guests. Tea and coffee will be available, and dress is casual.

A voluntary gold coin donation is welcomed from non-members to defray supper costs.

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