Risk mitigation knowledge share to fuel future Space exploration
Did you know that out of the 555 people who have made it into Space, 18 died in the process? Statistically, being an astronaut is riskier than being an extreme wing-suit proximity base jumper, according to the Director of the National Space Academy, Professor Anu Ojha OBE.
Anu delivered a ‘View from Space’ to open the Lloyds Register Foundation Conference in October, alongside former Minister for Universities and Science, Lord David Willetts. Anu used the 1986 Challenger and 2003 STS-107 disasters to illustrate the safety risks of human spaceflight.
He went on to discuss risk mitigation and the benefits of knowledge transfer between industries. It’s here that Anu promoted Blue Abyss’ potential for facilitating cross-industry insight as well as its neutral buoyancy training capabilities.
The key here is that lessons learned from spaceflight can be used in many other industries. So in terms of the usage of this facility [Blue Abyss], it’s not just going to be for the Space sector, it is aimed at marine engineering, commercial diving operations etc.,” says Anu.
Anu ended his presentation describing the National Space Academy’s pivotal role in STEM education and the establishment of its Astro Academy: Principia programme. In collaboration with the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency, this unique science education programme includes orbital experiments conducted by astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station and a suite of Space science and education guides.
More about Professor Anu Ojha OBE
We are very lucky to have Anu as our Education Consultant charged with supporting the Blue Abyss education and outreach programme. Supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education is important to Blue Abyss. We hope to inspire children to become the next generation of engineers and scientists, with hands-on learning at primary level, right through to opportunities for under-graduates to work on live research projects.
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