UK Space Conference Speaker: Dr David Parker
Day 1: UK Space Agency Update
Dr David Parker
Director of Technology and Scientific Programmes
UK Space Agency
David Parker was trained in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Southampton University, UK, where he took a first degree in 1984 and a Doctorate in wind tunnel magnetic suspension technology in 1989, working under a grant from NASA Langley Research Center.
He worked for fourteen years in the UK space industry initially on propulsion and launch vehicle systems and later on studies for science missions such as XMM and Herschel. He subsequently managed an engineering department responsible for guidance navigation and control systems for scientific missions and later moved to a business development role, winning contracts for new spacecraft projects such as ADM Aeolus; LISA Pathfinder, and the rover for the ExoMars mission. He was seconded to the British National Space Centre between 1997 and 1999 to manage space technology innovation projects for the UK government.
Since 2004 he has been working in UK government space organisations with responsibility for managing the UK's involvement with the ESA space science and robotic exploration programmes as well as its national space science programme. He was involved in the establishment of ESA's first centre in the UK at Harwell and the creation of the UK Space Agency. He is currently the UK's acting Head of Delegation to the European Space Agency and its lead delegate to the Science Programme Committee and the Programme Board for Microgravity and Exploration. He is a co-author of the Global Exploration Strategy: the Framework for Coordination, published in 2007.
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