An expert in rocket science is launching a new Rocketry Society at the University of South Wales.
Dr Phil Charlesworth will be the speaker when the project launches next month.
He was inspired to follow a career in aerospace by watching the moon landing as a child, and spent 16 years as an engineering officer in the Royal Air Force, working on satellite and long-haul communications systems.
His interest in space and satellites led him to the research arm of Airbus where, among other things, he worked on next-generation military satellites and solar aircraft.
In his spare time, he is an enthusiastic amateur rocketeer, designing and building his own rockets. He chairs the only amateur rocketry club in Wales. He is the safety and technical adviser for UKRoC, the UK component of a schools rocketry competition that runs across the UK, USA, France, and Japan.
Dr Charlesworth will give a talk – More Smoke and Noise: Getting Started in Amateur Rocketry – on November 15 at the Rocketry Society launch, which will be held in room G219 from 11.30am, followed by lunch at 12.30pm.
The project is being run by the Department of Electrical and Electronics and funded by the School of Engineering.
To book a place at the talk, sign up at Eventbrite.
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