May 30, 2017, 18:22 ET
We could still transfer no more than four hundred tons an hour, meaning bloody hard work to get the whole twenty-five thousand tons into Slinger's fuel pod, but at least it was all downhill. Each canister was lowered by winch, then swung into our own fuel-handling system, where Singer's winches took over. Cadmium's heavy: a cube about two meters on a side holds a hundred tons of the stuff. It wasn't big, and it didn't weigh much in a tenth of a centimeter, but you don't drop the stuff either. Finally it was finished, and we could start maximum boost: a whole ten centimeters, about a hundredth of a gee. That may not sound like much, but think of the mass involved. Slinger's sixteen hundred tons were nothing, but there was Agamemnon too. I worried about the bracing Ewert-James had put in the bows, but nothing happened.
Julie Vallortigara, Research Officer, Ataxia UK
Dr Julie Vallortigara has been working in Ataxia UK’s since November 2013. She has developed a good understanding on the best practice for evaluation of research projects and their ongoing monitoring and support. Dissemination of research information to people living with ataxia and to researchers and healthcare professionals has also been an important element of her role. Finally Dr Vallortigara has gained significant knowledge about the issues and the needs of people living with a rare and long-life condition such as ataxia, by her contribution to the services provided to patients such as the helpline, workshops, and local support groups.