UK Space Conference Parallel Sessions
Monday 04 - Tuesday 05 July 2011, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
Day 1: Parallel Session: Science & Exploration
Uk Space Conference 2011 - Science & Exploration Parallel
- Professor Mike Cruise, University of Birmingham
- Dr Chris Chaloner, Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA)
There is a great deal of overlap between the communities in these two domains. There have been many opportunities for past and current successful missions to explain themselves, so this session looked forward to the missions and technology developments which will form the basis of the next few years. Speakers addressed the academic, agency and industry perspectives. There was also a round table which will enable participants to debate some of the key questions on how we execute these missions.
Day 1: Parallel Session: CubeSat
CubeSat Draft Agenda
An opportunity to hear about the potential of CubeSats from leading experts in industry and academia who are delivering the platform and payloads for the UK's first CubeSat, UKube-1. These talks covered the areas of payload technology, spacecraft systems, science applications and the educational/training potential of CubeSats. UKube-1 is an exciting and novel collaboration between the UK Space Agency, industry and academia, envisaged as the pilot for a full national CubeSat programme. The final part of the session was devoted to exploring with delegates what a future national CubeSat programme would look like and gathered input to help the UK Space Agency plan for a national activity.
- UKube-1 Platform Design Steve Greenland [Clyde Space] and Steepest Ascent [Jamie Bowman]
- TOPCAT: Topside ionosphere and plasmasphereComputer Assisted Tomography
- C3D - The Compact CMOS Camera Demonstrator for UKube-1
- myPocketQub 442 - open source open access to space
- Janus - Generating random numbers from the cosmos
- FUNcube on UKube-1 - Space to the classroom
- A Future Nanosatellite Programme
Day 1: Parallel Session: Consumer Applications
Consumer Applications Parallel Agenda
The commercial parallel session provide an opportunity to hear examples of the practical application of satellite services and how they can benefit the "man/woman on the street". The presentations provided examples from a user perspective in the fields such as rural broadband delivery, pay as you drive insurance etc.
- Graham Peters, Avanti plc
- Tim Just, Technology Strategy Board
The second part of the session provided an opportunity to hear about the current landscape of applications development and the future role of R&D\demonstration funding in wealth creation for UK PLC.
Day 1: Parallel Session: New Horizons
UK Space Conference 2011 - New Horizons Parallel
New horizons for the Space industry, can we see the way ahead?
This session explored new markets for innovative UK space technology and new space applications. It challenged delegates to think about what the space sector can do now to exploit future growth opportunities. Industry and academia were encouraged to address technical and business challenges that will lead to economic growth in the UK and to use the National Space Technology Strategy and Technology Roadmaps to help make decisions about the priorities for research and development.
- Swift Broadband for Satellites – An Innovation in Service, Technology and Funding
- 'UKSAT' – collaboration to develop the next generation of sat comms technology
- Mathematical Innovation in Space - Leveraging Defence Research
- Advanced space concepts
- PocketSpacecraft - the start of the personal space age?
- A new commercial perspective, how can the space sector learn from other growth sectors?
- Opening Space to emerging countries : prospects and challenges
- Open Innovation
- The potential for a Space Technology and Innovation Centre
Day 2: Parallel Session: Access to Space
Access to Space Parallel Draft Agenda
The session looked at the potential for expanding the UK upstream space industry into areas of launchers and human spaceflight which while new to the UK are established capabilities in other nations. This could provide both a large addition to the existing UK upstream industry and help strategically protect the UK existing industry. The session encompassed sub-orbital and orbital transportation systems, and human spaceflight for science, exploration and commercial utilisation such as tourism. It included papers on propulsion, launch system development, the exploitation of microgravity environments, and UK interests in the Global Exploration Strategy, drawn from industry, academia and government. The aim was to explore where UK innovation can provide opportunities for world leading contributions in these fields.
- The Ascender Spaceplane as a Platform for Suborbital Science Experiments
- The Scientific Case for Renewed Human Exploration of the Moon
Day 2: Parallel Session: The Business of Space
Business of Space Parallel Agenda
Treasury economists have stated that growth in advanced manufacturing, high value services and exports will be essential if the UK economy is to recover. Businesses that capitalize on the growing market opportunities coming from the increasing use satellites and space are seen as important to achieving this goal. Market projections indicate that the opportunities for growth are significant, but winning the business will require a partnership between industry, government, financiers and academia in order to stay ahead and be competitive on the global stage. The Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS) 2010 to 2030 outlines the means by which all parts of the space community can make a contribution to this critical endeavour. The ambitious target of achieving 10% global market share over the next 20 years will require continual innovation and cross community commitment if we are to succeed. The Business of Space session explored this challenging landscape, bringing together leading figures from a diverse range of interests to stimulate ideas for developing the best ways to achieve the business aspirations set out in the IGS.
- Mike Dillon, Managing Director, Newlands Ventures Ltd
- Richard Brook, OBE, FREng, Consultant, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
Day 2: Parallel Session: Environment
Environment Parallel Draft Agenda
Covering a wide range of topics of interest to the environment communities in both the public and private sectors from service provision to the design of future systems. It explored both the use of satellites for collecting global data and the markets using the data for applications such as carbon trading and insurance. These will be linked to the Space Innovation & Growth Strategy recommendations covering data services and technologies. The speakers are being drawn from government, academia and industry.
- Operational EO Missions in Support of Environmental Science
- Measuring Ocean Carbon from space
- The EO Hub - a national facility for operational programmes
- Advanced Earth Observation Systems & Technologies
- CEMS - A Proposed facility for Climate and Environmental monitoring from Space
Day 2: Parallel Session: Security
Security Parallel Agenda
Space systems and services are permeating our daily lives more and more as part of the national infrastructure, whilst the exploitation of space systems for Defence and Security purposes continues to expand. This space for security session provided an important opportunity to contribute to the debate with leading public and private sector representatives from the policy, user and provider communities. A key theme was how the emerging space security systems led by the EU and ESA can bring benefits both to national security and as economic opportunities supporting growth. This comes at an important time in the UK as the Government plans and develops a new National Space Security Policy as identified in the SDSR in 2010, and in an increasingly complex international environment.
Day 2: Parallel Session: Students hosted by UKSEDS
Student Parallel Agenda
The UKSEDS Student Parallel highlighted the role of today's students in the evolution of the UK Space Industry as it undergoes its expansion into the new space economy. As today's students are the next generation of engineers, scientists and policy makers, the opportunities and missions that they may one day be contributing to was presented, and how students can take their first steps into a career in the UK Space Industry was explained. There was also an opportunity for student groups to showcase their current projects, as well as a panel discussion on what the students of today would like to see in the space industry of tomorrow.
Day 2: Parallel Session: History
Uk Space Conference 2011 - History Parallel
Black Arrow Programme - 40th Anniversary of the only all British space project.
The session had 5 or 6 papers covering all aspects of the Black Arrow project and its antecedents - Black Knight, Skylark and the IGY - plus on the project itself we had speakers on the Black Arrow power plant and the Prospero satellite. Also included was a brief biography of Britains greatest rocket engineer, Val Cleaver, who inherited the Black Arrow engine system when Bristol Siddeley joined Rolls Royce in 1966.
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