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UK Space Agency & Astropreneurs Webinar Cycle: Session V | An introduction to Earth Orbits


An introduction to Earth Orbits

Join the Science & Technology Facilities Council in collabroation with the UK Astronomy Technology Centre and the Astropreneur Programme for an introduction to the concepts of Earth orbits.

John Davies, from the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, will give a talk introducing the concepts of Earth orbits and the compromises required when choosing orbits for different kinds of satellites. He will, at a summary level, explain the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds earth orbits used for earth observation and space astronomy.


Astropreneurs is a H2020 grant supporting early stage space related start-ups with mentoring and training. Due to finish at the end of December 2020, it provides its successful applicants with business, commercial, technical support and assistance. It aims to introduce its member companies to useful business networks.

It aims to support up to 150 start-up companies across all European countries.


The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) is a national centre of excellence for the development of scientific instrumentation and facilities for ground- and space-based astronomy. Based at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, and operated by the Science & Technology Facilities Council, it has a world class reputation for delivering innovative and capable cameras, spectrometers and even turnkey telescope systems.


Nick Trigg

Nick Trigg is the UK programme manager for the Astropreneurs programme. He is an Innovation Manager at the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and has a lot of experience in supporting early stage technology companies during the start up phase.

John Davies

John is a staff astronomer at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) in Edinburgh. Previously he was a support astronomer for the UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii. Currently, he helps to organise a European Network called OPTICON. He also does research on topics such as studying comets and asteroids. Over the years he has also been involved in building and operating astronomical satellites, flight testing fighter aeroplanes, doing chemistry and writing books.

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