University of Southampton, 1977-80: University of Leicester, 1980-81.
B.Sc(Hons) Aeronautics and Astronautics; M.Sc Experimental Space Physics.
Stevenage and Bristol. Spent some time testing spacecraft at JPL in Pasadena and DFL in Ottawa.
Supporting developments of new technologies.
Airbus Defence and Space
Helping shape the future
I’ve been involved with designing and building spacecraft for over 30 years. When I started, even a telecommunications spacecraft was challenging. Now we think nothing of watching live television from anywhere in the world, in high definition.
From the science point of view, we produced a spacecraft, Giotto, that passed through the tail of Halley’s comet. That was regarded as a great achievement. In 2014 we landed Philae on a comet after a long journey on board the mother ship, Rosetta.
A few weeks ago we launched the Lisa Pathfinder spacecraft. Looking for evidence of gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein.
Always pushing the boundaries of engineering and science.
My Typical Day
Supporting the development and usage of new technologies.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Interesting Searching Arriving
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Always something to do with space.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
12 of us hired a boat (with crew) and travelled to the arctic ice shelf to photograph polar bears.