University of Southampton student wins UK Space Agency competition

A SOUTHAMPTON student has won £2,000 for her innovative ideas on how satellites can improve life on Earth.

Eleanor Stanton, 22, from the National Center for Oceanography at the University of Southampton, has been named a finalist in the UK Space Agency’s SatelLife competition.

Eleanor’s idea aims to change the way the public monitors where their energy comes from, learns about nuclear energy and encourages conservation.

In addition to winning the cash prize, Eleanor will also receive guidance on how to develop her idea.

The competition awards young people a share of £50,000 for the best ideas on how to use data collected in space to benefit everyday life.

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Eleanor said: “Receiving this news was incredibly exciting. My idea was inspired by the current energy and climate crises, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to develop it further and hopefully make a real difference.

“I would love to work with energy companies to bring this application to life and help develop an environmentally friendly solution to our energy needs, and the opportunity to work alongside the space sector to achieve this is an absolute dream.”

This year, the first satellite launch will take place from a UK spaceport, with Virgin Orbit’s Horizontal Launch System due to lift off from Spaceport Cornwall.

Dr Paul Bate, Director General of the UK Space Agency, said: “The countdown is on for Britain to become the first nation in Europe to offer the launch of small satellites, building on our world’s leading satellite manufacturing industry.

“Seeing satellites launched from the UK for the first time will be a huge moment that I hope will inspire people to think about the opportunities in our growing space sector.”

Satellites support the economy and daily life.

The judging panel was made up of experts, including representatives from industry and the UK Space Agency, Satellite Applications Catapult and the European Space Agency.

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