Scientists use space travel to make perfumes

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University boffins working on a historic space mission are set to use their space-travelling knowledge create exotic new PERFUMES.

Scientists taking part in the Rosetta mission will be transferring skills that they have developed to analyse complex atmospheres in outer space.

Rosetta mission 'selfie'

Rosetta mission 'selfie'

The Open University Space Instrumentation Group (SIG) will collaborate with the company Givaudan on the project.

Dr Geraint Morgan, who will be leading the project, said: “It is an honour that a global market leader such as Givaudan should select the OU as one their preferred technology development partners.

“This venture highlights the growing reputation we have developed over recent years in successfully translating our space know-how to tackle challenges back here on Earth. This is the latest in our portfolio of industry-funded projects, across a range of sectors. We’re confident that this is just the start of an exciting journey forward with Givaudan.”

The Rosetta project was the first-ever space probe to land on a comet.

Researchers from the Open University, based at Milton Keynes, helped to develop a number of instruments on board Philae, including Ptolemy, a ‘sniffing’ gas analysis machine which is on the Rosetta spacecraft’s lander craft.

They will use the same skills to sense and detect the complex, changing mixtures of airborne molecules encountered by consumers in everyday situations - and so create a new level of perfumes.

Angus Macmaster, project lead for Givaudan’s measurement science group, said: “We selected Dr Morgan’s team to translate initial concepts into reality based on their proven track record of solution design, delivery and their willingness to engage in an iterative design process.

“Their breadth of expertise, across many academic and practical disciplines means that they are the perfect partner for our development needs. We look forward to implementing the project learning across our international business.”