Sheffield Students’ Telescope Reaches Orbit.

Sheffield Students’ Telescope Reaches Orbit.

In collaboration with students from neighbouring Universities, Engineering Students from the University of Sheffield have successfully sent a telescope into space.

The telescope, which was designed and built from scratch, took almost a year to construct and is the first of its kind to ever be built. The team of 30 students, including undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students from the University of Sheffield, launched the telescope on Friday 20 October 2017 from Kiruna, Sweden and captured images of the sun.#

The telescope, dubbed Sheffield University Nova Balloon Lifted Solar Telescope (SunbYte), used innovative techniques and cost just £25,000, instead of the usual million pounds for a telescope of this scale and intelligence.

Dr Viktor Fedun from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and the lead academic advisor of the project said: “The SunbYte project is an excellent example of the quality of research led training we are involved in at the University of Sheffield.”

The participating students described the project as a “once in a lifetime experience” and a “massive learning experience” that enabled them to put the skills they have mastered whilst studying into practice.

In support of Sheffield’s #WeAreInternational campaign, the team included a range of international students and is a showcase for the importance of the UK’s diverse international student and staff communities.

For more information about the project please visit:

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