Keynotes, Sponsors and Bridget Mars Rover Prototype at NSSC2015

UKSEDS National Student Space Conference 2015

28 February – 1 March 2015, University of Surrey

2nd Media Announcement

Keynotes, sponsors, Bridget Mars Rover Prototype and Social announced

UKSEDS are very pleased to announce that Printech Circuit Laboratories will be gold sponsors of the conference. Silver sponsors include Satellite Applications Catapult, HE Space and CGI.

Keynote lectures will also be presented by:

  • Dr Matt Taylor, ESA Rosetta Project Scientist who will present on the Rosetta mission so far, providing an update since the deployment the lander to the surface of the comet 67P.
  • Abbie Hutty, Spacecraft Structures Engineer on Airbus’ ExoMars Rover Project who will present a mission overview, and discuss some of the fundamental challenges her team are working to overcome.

There will also be a wide range of speakers including: Prof. Chris Lintott (University of Oxford/Zooniverse), Dr Lewis Dartnell (University of Leicester), Dr Jen Gupta (Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth), Dr David Birch (University of Surrey), Dr Anne Green (University of Nottingham), Tom Gunner (Airbus Defence and Space), Dr Justin Read (University of Surrey) and Richard Graham (Richemont), along with many others.

We are also pleased to announce that the conference will play host to a prototype Mars rover called Bridget, a testbed for ESA ExoMars spacecraft due to launch in 2018.

On the evening of Saturday 28th February, there will be a networking reception kindly sponsored by Satellite Applications Catapult, which will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to network with the exhibitors in an informal atmosphere – refreshments will be provided. Nominations are now open for the inaugural UKSEDS National Awards, which will be presented at the reception. This will be followed by an evening social event at Wates, which includes a hot buffet and bar. Tickets are sold separately, and can be bought through the conference site.

The conference is made possible by the kind sponsorship of Printech Circuit Laboratories, HE Space, Satellite Applications Catapult, CGI and Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), and the support of the Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme (Royal Academy of Engineering/Royal Aeronautical Society), International Space University (ISU), Umeå University, Airbus Defence and Space, Surrey Satellite Technology LtdEuropean Southern Observatory (ESO), British Interplanetary Society (BIS), University of Surrey and Surrey EARS.

Meanwhile follow the hashtag #NSSC2015 and join our Facebook event here. For further information and tickets please visit:

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring, contact our conference team [email protected]



The National Student Space Conference brings together students, academics, and professionals from across the country to share knowledge of space, discuss the challenges facing the sector, and to create new links between groups. It features talks by leading space science and industry figures, a careers fair, and opportunities to take part in discussions and networking events.


black_trans.fwUK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS) is the UK’s national student space society. We support students and enthusiasts across the country by running space projects, hosting conferences and workshops, and doing outreach to inspire and educate. We’re keen to build links between different parts of the space community, and to promote space beyond that.

UKSEDS, formed in 1988, is the UK chapter of SEDS, the world’s largest space enthusiast organisation for both school and university students. SEDS was founded in 1980 by students at MIT and Princeton University and now has more than 60 chapters worldwide.

Contact: [email protected] | @ukseds |

UKSEDS is a charitable body, registered in England & Wales, with registration number 1158580.


ASurreyEARS branch of UKSEDS, the Electronics & Amateur Radio Society (EARS) at the University of Surrey aims to promote and support members with all aspects of electronics, amateur radio and space technology.

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A version of this press release can be downloaded here: NSSC2015Pressrelease2_final (PDF)

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