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, went on a year abroad in 2014-15 to our partner institution Trent University in Canada.

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.”