Guildford Astronomical Society

Chris Franklin

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Chris Franklin MEng AUS AMRAeS AMIMechE

Chris has always been fascinated with space, both the universe that we live in and technologies we send into it. This interest and the fact that he has a ‘scientific brain’ led him to direct his education in that direction. At A-level, he took Double Maths, Physics and Chemistry and these led nicely into his further studies at university. Chris graduated from the University of Surrey in 2006 with an undergraduate Masters in Aerospace Engineering and decided to take some time off before commencing the job hunt and this is when his interest in Astronomy was re-ignited.

Looking up at the stars one evening, Chris realised that while he had long had an interest in space, he knew very little about Astronomy. The only things he could identify in the sky up until this point were the Plough (not a constellation), and hence Polaris, and the constellation of Orion, which, it being around April, was not visible at the time. This was soon to change. A copy of The Sky at Night magazine was purchased and several nights were spent outside until a number of constellations could be identified without consulting the magazine’s handy guide. That June, Chris started attending meetings of the Guildford Astronomical Society.

Chris has been a member of GAS now for almost five years (is it really five years? Wow!) and can commonly be found sitting in the back row at the monthly meetings. He finds the talks interesting and the other members and visitors friendly and encouraging, such that, no matter where in the country he finds himself working each month, he makes every effort to get back to Guildford on the first Thursday for the meeting.

Chris eventually got himself a job and is currently a Civil Servant on an engineering graduate scheme, but still has aspirations to work in the space industry.

DateTalk at GAS meeting
2 Jul 2009And all I ask is a tall ship

…and a star to steer her by. A brief history of how Astro Navigation came about, why it was needed and what developments occurred before it could be usefully used.