The following speakers have been confirmed thus far.

Dr David Parker / UK Space Agency


Dr Parker is Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency. He has been involved in the UK space sector since 1990 having completed a PhD in aeronautics and astronautics at Southampton University. He worked in British Aerospace Space Systems as a propulsion and guidance, navigation and control (GNC) engineer and later in management and business development roles in EADS Astrium.

Prof. Richard Brown | Centre for Future Air-Space Transportation Technology, University of Strathclyde

KEYNOTE – Shock Waves and the Design of Future Spacecraft

Professor Brown is Director of the Centre for Future Air-Space Transportation Technology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The aim of the Centre is to perform the dedicated long-term planning and research that will be required to create the space access and air transport systems of the future. As such, his team are engaging with the very tough research questions in propulsion technology, trajectory design, high-temperature materials and high-altitude, high-speed aerodynamics that will need to be answered before a new generation of spacecraft can be designed, and a world of cheaper, safer, more regular and reliable access to space can become a reality.

The design of manned spacecraft has been approached very conservatively in the past, largely because of a wish to avoid any of the unforeseen consequences that might arise from over-complicating their aerodynamics during their return to the surface of the Earth. There is a long history of examples where serious errors in estimating the heating or aerodynamic loads on the vehicle can be traced back to errors in predicting the pattern of shock waves that are generated by the vehicle during re-entry. Future space vehicles, especially those that are intended to be re-usable rather than single-use, will have much more complex geometry than ever before. This will make them even more susceptible to unforeseen heating effects, and induce even greater uncertainty in the characterisation of their aerodynamic loads than ever before. Can this outcome be avoided through a deeper understanding of the relationship between the structure of gas-dynamic shocks and the geometry of the bodies that generate them?

Major Tim Peake (via Skype) | European Space Agency

Following a successful career as a British Army Air Corps officer and helicopter test pilot, Major Peake was selected as an ESA astronaut in 2009. He received a BSc in flight dynamics and evaluation from the University of Portsmouth in 2006.

As well as completing Astronaut Basic Training, his training has included cave exploration in Sardinia and 12 days living 20m under the sea as part of NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations. He is currently undergoing specific training for his long-duration mission to the International Space Station, to be launched in November 2015. He will be the first British ESA astronaut to visit the ISS.

Major Peake will be joining us via Skype from Moscow, where he is training for his upcoming mission.

David Ault | Big Bang Fairs

Getting Involved in The Big Bang Near Me

Mr Ault is a scientist, presenter, and voice actor working primarily with the Big Bang Fairs. He read Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge before completeing a Master's at the University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank, where he was involved in creating the Jodcast.

His talk will give an introduction to The Big Bang Fair and give practical ways to get involved and share the wonder of space with 9-19 year olds, and encourage them to study further. "The Big Bang Near Me is all about looking into the forensic science used at a crime scene and it’s about watching sports science shows demonstrating the biology of your body when you exercise. It's about venturing to the Polar Regions and discovering all about climate science. It's about chemistry shows with loud bangs and colourful liquids and it's about getting hands-on with the engineering behind a rally car.

David Johnson | AMSAT-UK

FUN in Space

Mr Johnson is a software engineer and committee member of AMSAT-UK. He writes Open-Source satellite Ground-Segment and orbit prediction software, and has been involved in many amateur satellite projects over the past 35 years inlcuding PCSAT-2 (flew on the ISS), GENSO Network, AmsatDroid prediction App, STRaND-1 smartphone nanosatellite, and FUNcube Data Warehouse.

His talk will cover the AMSAT-NL/AMSAT-UK educational amateur satellite project – FUNcube, an educational single CubeSat project with the goal of enthusing and educating young people about radio, space, physics and electronics. He will give a short history of the project and the work leading up to the launch, share the thrill of launch day, and the current and future plans for operation of the satellite.

Chad Anderson | Space Angels Network

Space: Open for Business

Mr Anderson works at the intersection of early-stage capital and the emerging commercial space industry as Managing Director of Space Angels Network. An Oxford MBA based in London, he also works with the Satellite Applications Catapult to develop and commercialise the UK space industry, and is a prominent advocate of the emerging space industry. He previousl served as business advisor to a space robotics company and developed the first market assessment for commercial lunar transportation.

The reduction in launch costs and miniaturisation of technology have brought the space industry within the reach of startups, and we are just now beginning to see the disruptive role that entrepreneurs will play in the development of the sector. Mr Anderson will talk about why there has never been a better time to build a space startup and what you can do to attract investment.

Steve Leach | University of Leicester

International Space Station: Science, Education and Exploration

After an early career in the IT industry, Mr Leach was inspired by the NASA Phoenix mission on Marsto renew his interest in science and completed a Physics degree in 2011. He is now working towards a PhD at University of Leicester's Space Research Centre.

This overview talk introduces the International Space Station’s roles as microgravity science laboratory, space environment education outpost and exploration platform. Highlighting new cargo hardware, emergency maintenance, ground support, and mission crews living and working in the space environment, Mr Leach will present breath-taking images and thrilling videos profiling this amazing international achievement; the International Space Station.

Ray Bainbridge | Tranquility Aerospace Ltd.

Devon One: Reusable Vertical Take-Off and Landing

Mr Bainbridge is the CEO and founder of Tranquility Aerospace Ltd., and a prolific entrepreneur with investments in several emerging technologies within the UK and Europe. He has 38 years engineering and manufacturing experience and for the past 13 years has also acts as a manufacture and design consultant for several emerging and blue chip companies including Bosch, Festo, Ford, Intelligent Energy and Parker Hannifin. Mr Bainbridge is a graduate of Brunel University with a B.Eng (hons) in Manufacture and Design and an MSc in Business Information Technology.

Tranquility Aerospace Ltd is a cutting edge technology company based in north Oxfordshire engaged in the development of Devon One with several universities within the UK. The Devon One is a reusable vertical take-off and vertical landing launch vehicle for sub-orbital rocket for scientific payloads. The presentation will focus on the rockets technologies, development progress, areas of student involvement, benefits to students and universities. As well as, short to medium term goals for the Devon One and future projects.

Keith Muirhead | HE Space

Jobs in Space

Mr Muirhead read Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and then earned a Master's in Earth Observation from the University of Dundee. He joined the European Space Agency as a Research Fellow in Frascati, Italy, and was Operations Director at Serco FM, before becoming Chief Operating Officer for HE Space's Dutch Office. HE Space is a silver sponsor of NSSC 2014.

Mr Muirhead will present an overview of the European space job market, detailing the jobs are available for young engineers and scientists, and providing tips on how to maximise your chances of being selected. There will be advice on what opportunites are available to recent graduates and young professionals. There will also be general advice on how to maximise your chances of getting short-listed and, once there, not messing it up!

Graham Kirkby | Poynting Institute

WISCER CubeSat: Deployable Antennas and the LEO Environment

Mr Kirkby is a PhD student in the Poynting Institute at the University of Birmingham. He recently graduated with an MSci Physics degree and he now works on the WISCER CubeSat project that is being designed to investigate the Earth’s ionosphere. He is also an active member of the University of Birmingham Astronomical Society and recently completed a high altitude balloon project to retrieve photos from the edge of space.

The WISCER (Wideband Ionospheric Sounder CubeSat ExpeRiment) project aims to investigate the Earth’s ionosphere and is being designed to inform the development of future low-frequency space radars. WISCER requires an antenna which is larger than the CubeSat itself – therefore a deployable structure must be used. There are currently two candidate antenna designs: an inflatable conical spiral antenna and a mechanically deployed crossed-Moxon antenna with a large ground plane. This talk will describe these two antennas, looking at aspects of their design and deployment and also at the challenges they raise with respect to the LEO environment.

Dr Hugo Williams | University of Leicester

Mars Hopper - Technologies for More Mobile Planetary Exploration

Dr Williams is a Chartered Engineer and works as a Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Leicester. His current research interests are focussed on radioisotope space power, especially the inherent systems engineering and materials engineering challenges of this technology. He holds an MEng and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bristol. Prior to his current role he worked in the Space Research Centre at Leicester and, prior to this, as a systems engineer in the Civil Nuclear business of Rolls-Royce plc.

The Mars Hopper concept is a novel exploration vehicle with the potential for greater mobility than current platforms - a significant asset when exploring planetary surfaces. The most recent phase of the study was supported by ESA and saw Leicester working with Airbus Defence & Space (formerly Astrium). It has focussed on advancing selected key technologies that would need to be developed to enable a Hopper, and how these technologies could enhance other space and terrestrial applications. This presentation will provide an overview of the key technologies development and their wider potential applications.

Andrew Winnard & Dr Rochelle Velho | UK Space Biomedicine Association

The Multi Disciplinary Team in Space

Mr Winnard is currently co-chair of the UK Space Biomedicine Association where he is helping lead efforts towards forming a new collaborative UK Space Environments community. He is also a UK Human Spaceflight rehabilitation PhD student at Northumbria University working on a project with the European Space Agency. Dr Velho is currently co-treasurer of the UK Space Biomedicine Association where she has helped lead organisation of two UK Space Environments conferences. She has also worked on various other Space Biomedicine projects, including the investigation of gender physiological differences during CPR performance in space.

The UK Space Environments Association (UKSEA) is a multi-disciplinary community whose aims include crowd sourcing of solutions, fostering collaborative UK space environments projects and access to facilities for both professionals and students. These goals will enable more teams to submit successful ELIPS proposals and facilitate UK ELIPS participation.

Dr Elie Allouis | Airbus Defense and Space

3d Printing for Space - from Prototyping to Launch

Dr Allouis is a Robotic and Mission Systems Engineer in the Future Programmes Division at Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium). He earned a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering from Kingston University, followed by a Master in Astronautics from Cranfield University. His PhD from Surrey University, focused on the modelling and design of entry, descent and landing systems for Mars robotic missions. As part of his work at Airbus DS, he is involved in a wide range of studies and project involving emerging technologies and robotic systems, including Mars Sample Return concepts, Martian and Lunar Rovers, Sample Handling Robotics and manipulators.

Dr Allouis will be discussing the impact of Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM), - or 3D printing - on the lifecycle of current and future space programmes. From early prototyping to flight ready metallic structures, ALM has the potential to revolutionise the design process and especially the design philosophy. He will be discussing some of the applications of 3D printing and manufacturing at Astrium for the past few years and will look ahead at the challenging future applications of the technology.

Hannah Rae Kerner | SEDS-USA

An Overview of SEDS in the United States

Hannah is currently studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a bachelors and masters of science in computer science. Chair of SEDS-USA and President of UNC SEDS, she is a major advocate of student participation in the space sector and inspiring young people to discover space.

SEDS-USA supports a host of annual national projects and traditions as well as a network of chapters across America who in addition support local projects and traditions. This talk will give an overview of the major projects and proceedings of SEDS-USA.

Dr Helen Walker | STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Seeing the Invisible - Infrared Astronomy and Satellite Operations

Dr Walker has been involved with infrared astronomy satellites for over 30 years. She worked on the first infrared astronomy satellite (IRAS), as part of the Resident Astronomer Team, and it changed her life. As well as being an astronomer researching dust around stars which might form planets, she became involved in satellite operations. She has worked on science planning and operations for the photometer on the Infrared Space Observatory, the UK-led Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) for JWST, Mars Express, Cluster and UKube-1.

The talk will show the way one project influences the next, from both the science and operations viewpoints. There will be discussion of developments in infrared astronomy, through the science that results from the infrared astronomy satellites, and some of the challenges in operating satellites over the years. Knowledge of science operations on former satellites can inform the hopes for future projects, and check them out in the test chamber or on the computer before launch.

Dr David Arditti | British Astronomical Association

National Astronomy Week and Amateur Observation of Jupiter

Dr Arditti has been an amateur astronomer since age 11, having been inspired by a book by Patrick Moore in the school library. He later gained a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Materials from Imperial College, London. He now writes and lectures on astronomy, particularly on the the serious contributions that amateur observation can make to our knowledge. He is a Council Member of the British Astronomical Association and Publicity Officer for the West of London Astronomical Society, and has been on the committee organising National Astronomy Week 2014. He has been observing Jupiter for over 30 years.

National Astronomy Week has been held every few years since 1981, organised by a committee representative of amateur and professional astronomy in the UK. The objective is to raise public awareness of astronomy and space science, primarily through observing events. This year’s event corresponds to the optimal period for evening observation of Jupiter in its 12-year orbital cycle. Jupiter is one body for which the amateur contribution to observation remains critical, as there is no permanent professional survey nor no current orbiting probe. Dr Arditti will briefly examine the techniques amateurs currently use to add to our Jovian knowledge.

Prof Chris Welch and Vix Southgate | British Interplanetary Society

UK Student IAC Competition and World Space Week 2014

Chris Welch is Director of Masters Programs at the International Space University, Vice-President of the British Interplanetary Society, Chair of the International Astronautical Federation Space and Education and Outreach Committee and a board member of the global World Space Week Association.

Vix Southgate is an illustrator and author (Yuri Gagarin – The First Spaceman) and originator of CASSiE, a STEM mascot for primary schools. Vix was a member of the core team for YuriGagarin50 in 2011 and is now a member of the BIS UK World Space Week team for 2014 as well as Education, Communication and Media Manager for the World Space Week Association.

This short talk will introduce two British Interplanetary Society (BIS) activities. The first is the annual competition to two select two university students (one undergraduate and one postgraduate) to represent the UK in the student competition at the 2014 International Astronautical Congress in Toronto in October. The second is World Space Week, (October 4-10) and opportunities for involvement in the UK activities, which the BIS co-ordinates.

Clemens Rumpf | University of Southampton

As a Trainee at ESTEC

Mr Rumpf studied aerospace engineering at TU Braunschweig (Germany) and Purdue University (USA). He is a member of the rocketry society ERIG in Braunschweig, and whilst working as a trainee at ESTEC on the Lunar Lander mission he co-founded the space society Vis Viva. In October 2013, he began work as StarDust researcher on asteroid deflection at the University of Southampton.

Mr Rumpf will talk about his experiences as a trainee at ESTEC. What can prospective trainees expect in the selection process? What is it like to work at ESTEC and to live in the Netherlands? A recapitulation with advice for prospective trainees.

Nick Howland | Printech Circuit Laboratories Ltd

Flexibility and Beyond

Mr Howland has worked in the fabrication of printed circuit boards since 1982.

Mr Howland will give an overview of the work undertaken over 10 years to help produce the largest and most powerful camera ever launched into space on the Gaia satellite, as well as showing what is possible with printed circuit boards and where the future of the technology lies.

Josh Barker | National Space Academy/National Space Centre

Space and Education

Mr Barker completed a Masters degree in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Leicester in 2007. Following that he joined the National Space Centre as part of their Education team, responsible for the creation,development and delivery of the assorted educational projects offered.

He will be giving an overview of the National Space Centre's Education programming and the National Space Academy Project. He will also discuss the European Space Education Resource Office primary project and how you can get involved with Space education.

Ed Trollope | Telespazio VEGA Deutschland

Flying a Spacecraft to a Comet – Europe’s Rosetta Mission

A former UKSEDS vice-chair, Mr Trollope has ten years’ experience in spacecraft simulations and operations, working at DLR in Cologne on the Rosetta Lander project, at the Telespazio VEGA offices in Darmstadt for the ESOC Ground segment simulator and is now working on EUMETSAT’s METOP polar orbiting spacecraft in Darmstadt. While at DLR, he was the Rosetta lander’s lead operations engineer for numerous flight events, and the technical and project manager for the spacecraft simulator. He graduated from the University of Leicester’s Physics dept in 2000, before going on to study at Sheffield Hallam, Cranfield and the OU.

Europe’s comet chaser Rosetta was launched in 2004 on a ten-year journey including three swing-bys of the Earth, one of Mars and fly-bys of two asteroids. Later this year, Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to rendezvous with and enter orbit around a comet, carrying with it the Philae lander. But Rosetta and Philae aren’t autonomous - a team of ground engineers keep watch over their health, and sending commands. Mr Trollope, who was Philae’s lead operations engineer for the swing-bys and fly-bys, will be talking about the mission and explaining the various roles played by the spacecraft operations team.

David Weighton | Luleå University

Space, Opportunities and Education in Northern Sweden

Mr Weighton is a visiting Lecturer for Luleå University at the Space Campus in Kiruna, Northern Sweden. He was previously the Head of the Department of Space Physics at the Space Campus where he lead the development of the Master's programs in the department. He was also deeply involved in the early BEXUS Balloon flights from ESRANGE the launching site near to Kiruna. BEXUS Balloon EXperiments for University Students. His subjects are Electronics in Space and Space Communications. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cranfield University, UK.

He will talk about the educational programs, facilities and opportunities involving space that are availiable in and arround Kiruna including Rocket and Balloon flights from ESRANGE under the REXUS and BEXUS programs.

Ryan Laird | Space Generation Advisory Council

SGAC: Beyond a Network

Mr Laird graduated as Physics with Astrophysics MPhys (Hons) at the University of Leicester. He is currently a Journalist, Science Communication Intern at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, near Munich in Germany. He is the UK National Point of Contact for SGAC and Secretary of UKSEDS.

His talk will give a brief overview of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) which links together university students and young professionals to think creatively about international space policy issues. In particular, it works to inject the youth point of view into the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) international space policy creation.

David Ashford | Bristol Spaceplanes

The New Space Age

Mr Ashford is Managing Director of Bristol Spaceplanes Limited, an innovative small company developing the Ascender spaceplane. He read Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London and did post-graduate research on rocket motors at Princeton. His first job was with the Hawker Siddeley Aviation spaceplane design team, and he has since worked as an aerodynamicist, project engineer, and project manager on various aerospace projects, including the DC-8, DC-10, Concorde, the Skylark sounding rocket, and various naval missile and electronic warfare systems at Douglas Aircraft. He has had published about twenty papers on space transportation in the professional press. His latest book, 'Space Exploration' was published by Hodder in 2013 as one of the 'All That Matters' series.

Mr Ashford's talk will show his vission of a new golden age of space where science and exploration and public visits to space hotels will become widely affordable. This revolution in spaceflight depends on replacing throwaway launchers by reusable ones like aeroplanes (spaceplanes) having carefully selected design features and developed in a step-by-step sequence of progressively larger and faster vehicles.

Alan Perera-Webb | Commercial Space Technologies Ltd.

Launching Nanosats Affordably, Problems and Solutions

Mr Perera-Webb is a project manager at Commercial Space Technologies Ltd. (CST). Following a placement at the Institute for Biomedical Problems in Moscow, where he participated in a study developing a probiotic means to counteract spaceflight induced infections, he went on to attain a BSc in Microbiology and an MSc in Molecular Medicine at Imperial College London. Among other projects at CST, he is currently involved in an international effort to conceive a commercially viable model for launching CubeSats. He also continues to pursue an interest in Human spaceflight through the development of a biomedical CubeSat.

CST has been in the business of procuring and managing the launch of small commercial satellites for over 25 years. In this time it has noted the difficulties that some nanosatellite customers face in securing affordable launch opportunities. This is often associated with the misguided assumption that launcher management fees and logistical costs scale down proportionally with satellite size. To offer a solution to the rapidly expanding CubeSat community, CST, in conjunction with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and Innovative Solutions in Space BV., is developing a cost-effective model for the launch of CubeSats, which this talk will discuss.

Ross Irvine | Sapienza Consulting Ltd.

Sapienza ECLIPSE Challenge

Mr Irvine read Mathematics for Business Analysis in his home city of Glasgow, Scotland, and began his early career working in the Oil Industry, based in oil-rich Aberdeen. After 5 years in the indsutry, he took a year-long sabbatical travelling the world, he decided he would follow his childhood dream of working in the space industry. Now, through Sapienza Consulting Ltd, Mr Irvine works as an external software consultant to both the European Space Agency and the key players and Sapienza partners across the European space sector.

Mr Irvine will introduce Sapienza Consulting Ltd, a leading UK company who have been providing space mission and project support through people, software and services to the European institutional and commercial space sector for the past 20 years. Sapienza are a real UK success story and are presently leading the way with a new integrated project/product management software, namely ECLIPSE, with some of the largest projects in the industry. He will also issue a challenge to make the ECLIPSE software work outside of the large programme environment.

Joseph Dudley | Space Science & Engineering Foundation

The UK Space Design Competition

Mr Dudley is a currently studying Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. He first competed in the Space Design Competition in 2010, and joined the Space Scienge & Engineering Foundation as its Director of Media & Communications in 2012.

The UK Space Design Competition is a challenge for secondary school students and Sixth Formers to design a settlement in space. In his short talk, Mr Dudley will introduce the Competition, share his experiences from both sides of the table, and let you know how you can get involved.

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