William Howard School & Durham University
2:1 Integrated Masters in Physics
Earth-i is an earth observation and space data analytics company that plans to operate the world’s first commercial constellation of satellites to provide full-colour video capabilities.
I'm Sam, a 22-year old Physics graduate working at Earth-i in Guildford.
I recently moved to Guildford as of this September, having graduated from a 4 year integrated masters degree in Physics at Durham University.
I come from the cold and barren lands of northern Cumbria – so moving far down south to Guildford has been a big step for me! So far I’m loving the much nicer weather here, and spend a lot of my free time cycling in the Surrey Hills, or messing around with my numerous hobby projects. Some recent projects have involved amateur rocketry, super-pressure balloons and a smart mirror!
I work in the tech team, developing code to process data from live satellites, in order to discover things going on back down on Earth.
The work I do can involve a whole range of problems – which I help solve using skills in computer vision, big data, and machine learning!
My Typical Day: I spent a lot of my time processing huge amount of earth observation data, and analysing this information to find answers to problems.
What I'd do with the money
I'd use the money to get people involved in amateur rocketry, high altitude balloon and rovers projects.
As part of SEDS during my time at university, I used to visit local schools and launch model rockets from the playing fields to teach people about spaceflight and the UK space industry in general. I also held local coding workshops to teach young people how to programme autonomous cars to simulate a rover mission to Mars.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I've made so many exciting things I can't settle on just one! My recent projects that I'm proud of involve a 'smart mirror', a twitter bot and payloads for superpressure balloons.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
I knew I wanted to work in the space industry!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes - many times for not paying attention in class.
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
With my school friends, I launched my first weather balloon into near-space to take pictures of the Earth below.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Go to space (obviously), own a Tesla car, own my own fudge shop.
Tell us a joke.
How do astronauts organise a party? They planet.