• Question: what do you have to consider when making space instruments

    Asked by anon-332708 to Darren on 12 Oct 2022.
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      Darren Yau answered on 12 Oct 2022:

      Hi there

      Good question as there are many considerations. Firstly you need to make sure the instrument works. This sounds obvious but the work I do involves miniaturising lab equipment that usually takes up a lot of space in a lab.

      Next you need to make sure it works in extreme hot/cold conditions. Also during extreme vibration, shock and acoustic loads during launch.

      Then you have to make sure it doesn’t weigh too much as it costs a lot of money to launch things into space. Too heavy and it’s not going to fly, literally!