Dr Chris Arridge is a Royal Society Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group at Lancaster's Department of Physics. His research focusses on particles and magnetic fields at planets throughout our Solar System and beyond.
  • Space Week

    Racing to the Stars: Exploring our Solar System with Spacecraft

    In 1957 Sputnik 1 became the world’s first artificial satellite – a “simple” battery-powered radio transmitter inside an aluminium shell about the size of a beach ball. This started a race to the stars, for both robotic space exploration and human spaceflight. This legacy continues today with our exploration of the solar system. Today scientists at Lancaster University are working on ideas to send a spacecraft to Uranus for the first time since Voyager 2 flew past in 1986. This is part of that continuing journey.