Controlling Moving and Shaking for Better Space Travel and Horse Training

“Having better control of the rockets will give rocket designers more flexibility so that rockets can carry more supplies and experiments into space. It will also mean we can reduce the mass of the rocket structure, and that means you can go further using less fuel.”

In part 9 of our 2019 researcher case studies we look at Dr. David McKeown of the UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering.

Movement affects performance, whether it is a spacecraft, a robotic arm or even a horse. That is why Dr David McKeown at UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering is developing new ways to monitor movement and, in some cases, make adjustments on the fly to improve performance.
Dr McKeown's research will help to improve the design of next generation rockets so they can carry payloads safely and more economically into space. His work is also supporting the first Irish satellite, robotic arm development for future Mars missions and even how to detect future lameness in high performance horses.

You can read the full case study here: Controlling Moving and Shaking for Better Space Travel and Horse Training