1 Tuesday 01 December Conference

Human Spaceflight

UK Strategy in the Run-Up to Tim Peake's Flight

KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED: European Space Agency Astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy

This conference will provide an opportunity to respond to the publication of a UK Government policy paper on human spaceflight. The timeliness is heightened by the impending launch of Tim Peake to the International Space Station (ISS).

In July 2015 the UK Space Agency published the paper "National Strategy: Space Environments and Human Spaceflight". The major new feature of the strategy is that it formally confirmed that the UK now supports the human exploration of space. In the 1980s, Britain pulled back from the decision by other European countries to partner with the USA (and eventually Russia, Japan and Canada) in building the ISS. This negative decision by the UK had the effect of denying British citizens the chance to become part of Europe’s astronaut community and also closed off significant business opportunities to UK industry. The new Strategy document signals a change to the 30-year policy of restricting participation in space exploration to robotic missions.

The background to the conference is dominated by the impending launch of Tim Peake to the ISS as the first British ESA Astronaut. Tim is a member of the European Astronaut Corps at the European Space Agency (ESA), and is due to spend six months on the ISS undertaking a variety of scientific and technological experiments. His mission also includes activities designed to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The conference will provide an opportunity to review the status and significance of his mission just two weeks before his scheduled launch.

This conference will provide an opportunity for the UK Space Agency to explain its new strategy. The Society’s Space Specialist Group is preparing a discussion paper in response which will be presented and published at the conference. In addition, the Society’s Aerospace Medicine Specialist Group will identify and discuss key issues from their perspective. The conference will include presentations by recognised human spaceflight experts and practitioners.

We are pleased to confirm that European Space Agency Astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy will give the keynote presentation at this conference.

Other confirmed presentations include:

  • Keynote - Dr Simon Evetts, International Collaborations Development Manager, Wyle GmbH
  • Tim Peake’s Mission - Libby Jackson, Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager, UK Space Agency
  • UK Human Spaceflight Strategy - Andrew Kuh, Human Spaceflight & Microgravity Programme Manager, UK Space Agency
  • RAeS Space Group Response to the UK Space Agency’s New Strategy - Philip Davies FRAeS, Managing Director, Elecnor Deimos & Chairman, RAeS Space Group
  • SkinSuit - Dr David Green, Senior Lecturer of Human & Aerospace Physiology, King’s College
  • Cochlear Cerebral Fluid Pressure Experiment - Dr Robert Marchbanks, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Bedrest Studies - Prof Marco Narici, Professor of Clinical Physiology, University of Nottingham
  • Tele-Monitoring of Health and Well-Being Through Voice Analysis - Prof Mark Huckvale, Professor of Speech Science, University College London
  • Functional Re-Adaptive Exercise Device - Dr Nick Caplan, Reader in Clinical Biomechanics and Orthopaedics & Director of Postgraduate Research, Northumbria University

Organisations who will be taking part in the soapbox session and voicing their opinions on the new human spaceflight policy include:

  • The British Interplanetary Society
  • CGI
  • QinetiQ
  • UK Space Agency
  • UK Space LABs
  • University of Warwick

Click here to view the full programme.

Have Your Say - Get Involved!

Read the Society's Discussion Paper
The RAeS Space Group are going to release a discussion paper on the subject of Human Spaceflight at this conference. A draft version of the paper can be found here and the Group welcome comments and feedback on this up until the event. Please submit your feedback to laura.dowling@aerosociety.com

Take Part in a Questionnaire
The RAeS Space Group are conducting a questionnaire asking for the industry's opinions on this new Human Spaceflight policy, in conjunction with this event. Please click here to take part in the survey. This will close at 10am on Monday 30 November ready for the conference.

Registration Rates

  • Non Member - £170 + VAT
  • RAeS Corporate Partner - £150 + VAT
  • RAeS Member - £120 + VAT
  • RAeS Baseline Member - £80 + VAT *
  • RAeS Student Affiliate Member - £20 + VAT *
  • Teacher rate - £80 + VAT*


*Please note that these rates are not available on our website. To register under these rates please call the Conference and Events Department on +44 (0)20 7670 4345.


You can either register online (see button on right hand side of page) or you can fill in the booking form here and return this to the Conference and Events Department on conference@aerosociety.com 


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available for this conference. Please click here to find out more or contact the Conference and Events Department on +44(0)20 7670 4345 or conference@aerosociety.com


Local Accommodation

Preferential hotel rates are available to RAeS Delegates at the nearby Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel (click here to find out more), or visit this event's dedicated HotelMap here.

Dates for Your Diary


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Event venue:
Royal Aeronautical Society

No. 4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ


When:Tuesday, 01 December 2015 09:00 - 17:00


Specialist Grp:Space

Location:Royal Aeronautical Society view map

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