Spacewomen | Edinburgh Science
A joint discussion of women working in all levels of the space industry and their thoughts on the future.
Nearly 60 years after the first woman was launched into orbit, we’re on the cusp of an exciting new space age.
To mark this new dawn for women and the galaxy, Space Shetland’s Yvette Hopkins chairs a special discussion that brings together women working in the space industry from across the world to share their career experiences and hopes for the future. Featuring space medic Christina Mackaill, astronautical engineer Cassandra Mercury and Rocket Women founder Vinita Marwaha Madill.
Cassandra Mercury is the Space Quantum Technology Lead at Craft Prospect, where she is leading the development of the quantum key distribution payload for the upcoming ROKS mission. Her previous experience includes working at NASA’s JPL on Mars rovers and supersonic decelerating technologies, as well as helping to develop a new system of transportation – the hyperloop. She has a Master of Science degree in astronautical engineering from the University of Southern California.
Christina Mackaill is a Clinical Development Fellow hoping to pursue a career in Emergency and Space Medicine. She first got involved in space medicine at university, after doing a medical elective at a microgravity lab in Brazil. She founded Scotland’s first Space Medicine society in 2016 and is part of the medical team for the Austrian Space Forum, planning an analogue astronaut mission in the Negev desert in October. She is currently working on a paper with the Chief Medical Officer of NASA about the emergency treatment of astronauts.
Vinita Marwaha Madill is a space engineer and Founder of Rocket Women, a platform that aims to inspire women to study STEM. Vinita is also a Project Manager at Mission Control in Canada and previously has been based at the European Space Agency (ESA) as a contractor, focused on human spaceflight operations, including the European Robotic Arm. At the German Aerospace Centre, she guided astronauts through experiments in Germany’s version of Mission Control. Vinita studied Mathematics and Physics with Astrophysics at King’s College London and went on to gain master’s degrees in Space Management from the International Space University and in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University