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Down to Earth | Geraint (Taff) Morgan | TEDxESA

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TEDxESA talk at the European Space Agency on 11/11 2015 Think European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission was all about orbiting and landing on a comet? Geraint Morgan tells his story of what Rosetta’s technology can be used for and how he even started his own business using it, supported by the ESA Business Incubator Centre Harwell. So what do bacteria causing stomach ulcers, blood sucking creatures (better known as bed bugs), submarines and Rosetta have in common? Geraint Morgan is a member of the Ptolemy instrument team that in 2014 landed on a comet and characterised the chemical composition of the comet nucleus. Taff is the founder of three start-ups using space technology and know-how, and also leads the space technology translation agenda at The Open University. Official theme score: Graham Plowman His youtube channel youtube.com/Plowking2 http://www.youtube.com/user/tedxesa http://www.twitter.com/tedxesa https://www.facebook.com/TEDxESA/ See our speakers on http://tedx.esa.int Geraint (Taff) Morgan, initially trained as an analytical chemist, is an award winning instrument developer and a member of the Ptolemy instrument team. Ptolemy landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko aboard Rosetta’s Philae Lander on 11 November 2014. The instrument characterised the chemical composition of the comet nucleus. After Rosetta’s 10th year and a four billion mile journey around our solar system Taff and the team successfully "sniffed" and identified material ejected during Philae’s first bounces on the comet and the gases released at its final resting place. Taff is the founder of three start-ups (including Insect Research Systems Inc., supported by ESA BIC Harwell) using space technology and know how, and he also leads the space technology translation agenda at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx