Welcome to the Messages from Space Teachers Page.
Few people realise just what amazing things satellites are, or how many
are up there. Even fewer realise just how much physics is involved in
building, launching and monitoring them. This Surrey University Satellites
web site aims to introduce satellites, in all their diversity. There
are fascinating facts, human interest stories, such as the satellite
that helped in the rescue of earthquake victims, and technological breakthroughs
- just how do you monitor a satellite the size of a football at an altitude
You can use the public zone of the Messages From
Space webpages to:
introduce students to the amazing diversity of what today's satellites
are and what they can do and show how they are built here in Surrey.
The Schoolzone has been designed for you to use to support your Physics
teaching. It slots into the A - level Physics syllabus requirements
but places students in the fascinating world of satellites. Here you
- Provide revision
consolidate classroom study of topics related to satellites but which
appear in every A - level syllabus : gravitation, circular motion,
telecommunications, data analysis
- Offer exercises in orbits,
telecomms and satellite
practise the theory learnt, with 'reveal' answers. These questions
can be downloaded and photocopied for classroom use. The full solutions
are password-protected and accessible only by teachers.
observe how different orbits are achieved and what parameters affect
the orbit trajectory.
see how rockets escape from a planet's gravitational field.
see how orbits differ and analyse live data downloaded into mission
control from satellites as they pass overhead. Spot the trends as
satellites pass into shadow or re-orientate themselves using the Earth's
Password-protected solutions to schoolzone questions:
Need the Teachers Password?
Teachers can request a login
ID and password for this part of the site.
Printed Teachers Guide and CD-ROM
A free printed Teachers Guide is available, providing
a hardcopy of the majority of the schoolzone material (from
Messages from Space is also available as a free CD-ROM
which provides an offline copy of this website - suitable for installation
and copying across your school computers (from
Teachers Guide and CD-ROM online request form
Email the Messages from
Space team with enquiries or questions.