A GIRL from Hampshire has been named the winner of Blue Peter’s Awesome Orbit competition to design an emblem that will go on the first satellite to be launched from UK soil this summer.
Bethany Turner, 12, appeared live on the Friday, May 20 episode of Blue Peter, joining studio presenters as her emblem “Earth Sitter” was named the winner.
Bethany wants satellites to help measure melting polar ice caps and monitor deforestation, to find out when trees have been cut down and where new seedlings need to be planted to prevent global warming.
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British ESA astronaut Tim Peake launched the competition, supported by the UK Space Agency, in October 2021, to give young people across the UK the chance to design an emblem and come up with ideas on how satellites could be used to help people in the future.
Bethany, from Alresford, said: “It was amazing when I found out I had won I was so shocked I couldn’t believe it. For my design I thought if we could scan the earth with satellites it could tell people when there is illegal deforestation and they could go and plant trees it could also scan the polar ice caps so people can see when they are melting and try to prevent it .
“I’ve been interested in space for quite a long time and I really like it. I get most of my information from books in the library or books I’ve purchased and really want to know more. I would definitely be interested in working in the space sector in the future.
As part of Bethany’s award, she spent a day with Steve Neaves, creative director of Bordon-based branding and design studio Crux. Steve and his team had been working on Bethany’s original design to help create the final emblem that will explode into space. They explained how his design had been redrawn and digitized so that it could be engraved on the plate which will be attached to the satellite.
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Ian Annett, Deputy Director General of the UK Space Agency, said: ‘We all use space every day, whether it’s watching satellite broadcasts, using a mobile phone or finding our way. Data from satellites in space is even being used to monitor the environment and understand climate change and that’s a big part of new technologies like support for driverless cars through better connectivity.
“From missions to Mars to understanding climate change or launching satellites, all of this great work relies on bringing more young people into the space sector in roles such as engineering, law, science and philosophy and the UK Space Agency strives to inspire future generations to consider a career in the space sector It is fantastic to see so many people taking part in this wonderful competition and our huge congratulations go to Bethany, Adam, Ava and all the finalists.
ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer congratulated Bethany with a message from the International Space Station: ‘I heard the great news of your victory in the Blue Peter space competition and thought ‘where the best could be from’ place to congratulate you, but here in space “. I’m currently on a mission and I brought the Blue Peter badge for the ride!”
Bethany’s emblem will be engraved on a satellite which will be sent into orbit on the first launch from UK soil from Spaceport Cornwall this summer. As part of her winning experience, Bethany will also win a Blue Peter Orange competition winner’s badge, take control of a Mars Rover at Airbus in Stevenage, experience a journey in a self-driving car supported by satellites and will be able to see behind the scenes of the satellite. testing facilities at Harwell Space Cluster, Oxfordshire.
The satellite is a collaboration between the UK Defense Science and Technology Laboratory and Airbus Defense and Space, and designed and built by In-Space Missions in Alton, Hampshire.
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