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Piyal Samara-Ratna is the Principal Engineer for the Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, Earth Observation, Research (METEOR) centre at Space Park Leicester.

Piyal is a senior mechanical engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope Mid-Infrared instrument, with a leading role within the instrument systems team, leading instrument assembly and integration activities at NASA. He has also worked on numerous projects spanning deep space exploration, planetary exploration, space nuclear power and Earth observation. He is interested in technology transfer and has achieved particular success with medical device development.

His current role is focused on accelerating spacecraft development through the application of:
• Novel spacecraft technologies
• Space 4.0 technologies
• Digital twins
• Concurrent design processes
• Artificial intelligence
• Advanced modelling

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