2014 has so far been an exciting year for the Society's Space Specialist group with a number of high profile lectures taking place (details below) and the theme of this year’s President's Conference focussing on the 'Strategic Choices for Space'. 

The President's Conference will be taking place 8 -9 October and will bring together some key representatives from across the space industry as well as a number of heads from space programmes around the globe. Speakers will include Charles Bolden Jr, Administrator, NASA (TBC) as well as the heads of the space programmes for China, India, Nigeria and Russia. The programme will also feature talks in the keynote session from Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, General Jean-Pierre Serra, Special Adviser, Airbus Defence & Space, Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman, SSTL and the Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach. 

This is in addition to the the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, who will open day two of the conference and a number of other key speakers from across the global space community who come together to complete an exciting two day programme. A full programme of speakers can be found here and registration for the conference is now open and can be accessed via the event webpage

The conference will examine future opportunities and challenges, novel and contentious solutions and the potential benefits of pushing the boundaries further. As part of the President's Conference in 2014 will be The Arthur C Clarke Awards - which are awarded in recognition of notable or outstanding achievements in, or contributions to, all space activities. The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards have been presented annually since 2005. For further information and the nomination process visit The British Interplanetary Society's Arthur 2014 Nomination page.

Rosetta: Europe's Comet Chaser
This lecture was given by Paolo Ferri, Head of the Mission Operations Department at European Space Operations Centre at the European Space Agency.

The International Rosetta Mission was launched on 2nd March 2004 on its 10 year journey to rendezvous with comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta will reach the comet in August 2014, orbit its nucleus for about 1.5 years down to distances of a few kilometres and deliver a small lander named Philae onto its surface.

To listen to the audio recording of the lecture click here

NASA’s Exploration Programme
NASA's chief scientist, Dr Ellen Stofan, gave a scintillating lecture entitled "NASA's Exploration Programme - A Path to Mars" to a packed Bill Boeing theatre on Wednesday 14th May. Dr Stofan commenced by giving an overview of NASA's space science programme encompassing a wide variety of activities from near Earth to distant galaxies noting that NASA's science goals are driven by the US National Research Council's decadal surveys. NASA also co-ordinates its activities with those of other space faring nations and contributes to the "global exploration roadmap".   

To watch the full lecture click here, and to listen to the audio recording of the lecture click here

Small Satellites - Fad or Fantastic?
Modern small satellites, taking advantage of the dramatic advances in commercial ‘off-the-shelf’ (COTS) technologies developed for the industrial and consumer markets, have developed capabilities that are rivalling their conventional large satellite counterparts but at considerably lower cost and shorter timescales to launch.  This is changing the approach to space and enabling new business models. What is the reality of small satellite missions and how far can they go?

This lecture was delivered by Professor Sir Martin Sweeting FRS, FREng, FIET, FRAeS, Executive Chairman at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and Director, Surrey Space Centre.

To listen to the audio recording of the lecture click here

Get involved with the Society’s Space group via the Space Group section on the website or use #raesspace on twitter to join the discussion!  (@aerosociety) 


Conferences and Events
24 June 2014