Maths Takes Us to the Stars

Kedron Wavell Services Club, 23 August, 6pm-6.30pm

23 Aug
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Event Cost: $66

Space .. the final frontier. As mankind reaches for the stars it faces so many questions. Where will we go? How will we get there and what can we expect when we do?  Join our three speakers Natalie Lawler, Professor Brad Carter & Professor Allan Paull who will discuss this journey and how maths is contributing to the quest for the final frontier.

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An evening with dinner and guest speakers, celebrating QAMT & focussing on acknowledgements & contributions to Mathematics Education, with special invites to HODS/Principals from Maths Active Schools & student competition winners. 23rd August Kedron Wavell Club.

Speakers:
Where will we go?
Professor Brad Carter (USQ)

Mt Kent Observatory, located on Queensland’s southern downs outside Toowoomba, is a USQ facility for research and education. The Observatory supports NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite survey of exoplanets (worlds orbiting stars other than the Sun), and complementary projects in astronomical and space sciences. This talk will focus on Mt Kent Observatory’s role in the discovery and characterisation of relatively nearby planetary systems, and the quest to advance understanding of how stars and planets evolve and the implications for life in the universe.

How will we get there?
Professor Allan Paull (Defence Science and Technologies Chair for Hypersonic Technologies -The UQ)

Allan has spent the last 14 years developing mathematical models which described how hypervolicity wind tunnels operate, testing hypersonic flight and launching hypersonic vehicles with multiple international partners at Woomera and Andoya. In 2002, Allan’s team at UQ in collaboration with UK defense company QinetiQ were the first group in the world to demonstrate a scramjet working in an atmospheric test – achieving this feat before a similar project at NASA. The next big leap in space travel will use hypersonic planes or scramjets capable of flying at Mach 15 which will make it easier and cheaper to send spacecraft and people into orbit as the first step of the journey to other planets. These planes would be 85% reusable and represent the cutting edge of current rocket technology.

What can we expect when we do?
Natalie Lawler (Teacher & Mars One candidate)

Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation based in the Netherlands who intend to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars with the first crew departure in 2031. In 2013 over two hundred thousand people from all over the globe volunteered for the one-way mission to Mars. After a series of selection rounds the number has been whittled down to one hundred candidates, and Natalie Lawler is one of them. The next selection process will involve an international selection round, simulation isolation and a Mars Settler Suitability Interview before the final 24 will be offered full time payed training. Natalie is passionate about space exploration and humanity becoming multi-planetary and has volunteered to expand human presence into the solar system. She currently resides in Brisbane and works as a teacher at Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and
Technology.

All members are welcome to attend the AGM but must register even if not staying for the function.

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