Soaring into space

OUT OF THIS WORLD Astrium site director Mike Healey holds one of the many satellites made by schoolchildren. Pictured with him are Arianna Taliados, Billy Roberts, Lawrence Coombs, Jon-Henry Thompson, Jess Pearson, Kirsty Millis and Bryony Menghamn from St John's College, Portsmouth
OUT OF THIS WORLD Astrium site director Mike Healey holds one of the many satellites made by schoolchildren. Pictured with him are Arianna Taliados, Billy Roberts, Lawrence Coombs, Jon-Henry Thompson, Jess Pearson, Kirsty Millis and Bryony Menghamn from St John's College, Portsmouth
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PUPILS from eight schools across Portsmouth built their own satellites during an outer space workshop.

The session, held at Astrium, Anchorage Road, Hilsea, was the eighth and final Passport to Success challenge, organised by the city’s Lord Mayor Cheryl Buggy.

Youngsters were first taken on a tour of the firm to find out more about how engineers design satellites and the demands they face under budgeting restrictions.

Then they were given the opportunity to design their own shuttle and launch pad and make a scale model out of cardboard and other materials.

An egg was used as the payload to represent the fragility of the spacecraft.

The models were then tested with a vibration and force test.

Joe McGoldrick, Passport to Success’ project manager, said: ‘The children learned a lot from the experience, and they all had a fantastic time.

‘Some of them were even asking about apprenticeships at the company as they left.’