Kent student to join European Space Agency

A recent graduate from the School of Physical Sciences (SPS) has accepted a position with the European Space Agency’s (ESA) young graduate trainee programme.

Sam Leakey, who is one of only 80 successful applicants from across Europe, will contribute to on-going research into meteors using a remote observation station in the Canaries. He also hopes to contribute to a range of other projects during his time at ESA.

The one year programme, which is based at the ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk, Netherlands, is designed to give successful applicants the opportunity to gain experience in the development and operation of space missions.

Mr Leakey, who graduated with a first in Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics MPhys, attributes part of his success to having been able to work on real data from an on-going space mission as part of his final year project and the opportunities provided by SPS to observe asteroids from the School’s own observatory.

He said: “I feel so fortunate to be in this position and I am confident that this opportunity has the potential to lead on to some very exciting things.”