Space, Martin’s final frontier


MARTIN Belshaw, Senior Vice President of The Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum was the recent speaker at Ellon Rotary.

Martin is into Maths and Computer Science and is the North of Scotland Chair of the Institute of Measurement and Control He has forged a successful career with Capelrig Ltd., a leading independent provider of control and automation systems and services to the global oil and gas, power generation, renewable energy and utility markets.

However, perhaps a greater passion for Martin is the development of the Turriff Space Programme. Through Martin’s unending energy and enthusiasm the cause of engineering has been furthered in various local schools.

To-date they have managed to get 2 litre Coke bottles accelerating from 0-150mph in 0.1 secs!

Pupils’ imaginations have used pressurised water at 100 psi and parachutes to carry raw eggs unbroken into the stratosphere (well

nearly) and back, unbroken.

Teachers are finding pupils suddenly motivated in the basic science and maths related subjects and after school imagineering clubs are starting up too.

Space research by sixth form clubs is now looking at getting Coke rockets close to the mesosphere, but this stage of development may take a little time.

Martin spoke in engineering detail that entranced many of the audience.

Alasdair Campbell, giving the vote of thanks, had been taken back to his youth by what he called a joyous and exciting talk.

Martin thereafter held court with the Club’s engineers for nearly another 2 hours in the bar afterwards.

The Club wished Martin well in his forthcoming year of office at Oldmeldrum and hope that he will still find time to promote his school imagineers, and perhaps tell us more too.