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Edinburgh: Space Data Capital

Edinburgh: Space Data Capital

By Kim McAllister

Dr Murray Collins and journalist Kim McAllister reveal why Edinburgh is on course to become the space data capital of Europe, in association with Picture Zero. From satellite data to space robots and even landing on comets - they interview experts from across Scotland. Professors, business leaders and students share insights from their work in space and satellite technology in Edinburgh and across the world. Thanks to Royal Society of Edinburgh, Young Academy of Scotland & Space Intelligenc
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Edinburgh: Space Data CapitalApr 06, 2020

International space connections

International space connections

It's the season finale - so we've crammed in 3 interviews with 3 superstars!

Dr Steve Hancock is working on NASA's GEDI mission from Edinburgh with the University of Maryland

Vladimir Ivan is working with the only NASA humanoid robot outside the US, Valkyrie, to simulate life on Mars

and David Alexander OBE joins us from Houston, Texas where the Glaswegian Professor of Astrophysics is the director of the Rice Space Institute

As always, Dr Murray Collins and journalist Kim McAllister present the programme in their irreverent style - this week Kim educates Murray about the importance of Irn Bru and why he should wear a swimming pool noodle on his head.

Drop them a line on Twitter @murraybcollins and @kimmcallister

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May 18, 202053:00
Space business and sustainability

Space business and sustainability

After our appearance on the BBC on Friday (Living in lockdown is like living on Mars - featuring Kim's interview with astrobiologist Charles Cockell) we turn to business and sustainability.

Two guests with amazing stories share details of their pioneering work.

Gary Watmough is using satellite data to measure poverty.

Robin Sampson is fusing satellite data with blockchain to create tradable contracts for commodities traders.

Both are based in Edinburgh - amazing huh?!

May 11, 202039:39
StartUp Space

StartUp Space

Time to move away slightly from the science and into the commercial applications.

We speak to two space companies working in Edinburgh - Orbital Micro Systems and EarthWave.

American company Orbital Microsystems opened its first international office in Edinburgh - Greg Porter explains why they chose the city and what ambitions they have.

EarthWave was co-founded by Swiss scientist Livia Jacob straight after her Masters at Edinburgh University - how did she find moving straight from her studies to running a company?

Presenter Murray Collins also shares his experience of starting a company in Edinburgh.

May 04, 202034:10
Deep Space

Deep Space

We're looking out into the universe with two astonishing experts - one lands spaceships on comets and the other grows microbes on meteorites in the International Space Station.

Both are based in Edinburgh.

Colin Snodgrass is leading the next UK deep space mission called Comet Interceptor. This will catch a comet as it enters the solar system to find out what the planets looked like when they were formed.

Professor Charles Cockell - astrobiologist - discusses whether there is life on Mars and how he intends to prove it either way.

Presenters Dr Murray Collins, space lead at the Bayes Centre, and journalist Kim McAllister discuss what excites them about space - listen out for Murray's impression of Patrick Moore, from The Sky at Night...

Apr 27, 202039:00
Marine from Space
Apr 20, 202032:33
Agriculture from Space

Agriculture from Space

How are we going to feed the world when resources are dwindling and population is exploding?

Prof Mat Williams explains that "X-Ray vision" from drones and satellites allows farmers to understand the health of their crops and even predict yield. He's working with the European Space Agency to launch the 'Biomass' satellite with a brand new sensor - and students can get involved. 

Sarah Middlemiss, Space Programme Manager at Ecometrica, talks about getting the science to end users like governments and large agri-businesses. Many of Ecometrica's employees come from Edinburgh University thanks to their world class training.

And we can't ignore the fact we're all living under lockdown - presenters Murray Collins and Kim McAllister discuss the implications for sustainability... while recording under blankets. 

Edinburgh: Space Data Capital is a Connect Communications production for the University of Edinburgh in association with Picture Zero Ltd.

Apr 13, 202027:12
Forests from space

Forests from space

Deforestation causes about 20% of carbon emissions - and it's completely unnecessary.

Dr Murray Collins and journalist Kim McAllister talk to leading scientist Dr Ed Mitchard about his work mapping forests across the world using satellite data. Ed's work is helping governments measure their efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and he has just won the contract to help train 50 new PhD students in this area.

Also in this episode, hear from mangrove specialist Ebuka Nwobi who first came to Edinburgh as a student on a government scholarship from Nigeria. He's been practising his ceilidh dancing as well as working on a project to predict coffee yield in Brazil using satellite data.

Apr 06, 202029:02
Space Data Capital

Space Data Capital

Why does Edinburgh have the ambition of becoming Space Data Capital of Europe?

Dr Murray Collins (@MurrayBCollins) and Kim McAllister (@KimMcallister) present the first episode in an eight-part series examining the space ecosystem in Edinburgh and its relationship with the rest of the world.

Featuring Kristina Tamane (@Kri0sis) and Callum Norrie (@SpaceNetScot).

Kristina discusses the links between business and academia at the University of Edinburgh.

Callum describes designing the first LIDAR satellite to be owned by the European Space Agency.

The Edinburgh: Space Data Capital podcast is produced in association with Picture Zero.

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