Imperial SpaceLab: launch event

1 July 2013

Over 120 people attended the first event of the Imperial SpaceLab launch. The event was opened by Professor Sir Keith Keith O'Nions and delegates heard presentations from UKSA, ESA, the Satellite Applications Catapult, STFC, Imperial researchers (Professor Michele Dougherty, Dr Tom Pike, Dr Helen Brindley, Chris Carr and Professor Mark Sephton), along with companies including EADS Astrium, Inmarsat, SSTL and Telespazio Vega. Click below to view the presentations from the day.

10:00  Welcome, Introduction to the Imperial Space Lab (PDF); Professor Sir Keith O’Nions, President and Rector, Imperial College London and Professor Steve Schwartz, Imperial

Session 1: Space Science (Chair, Professor Mark Sephton)

10:15 - UK Space Agency; Dr David Parker, Chief Executive
10:40 - Space Missions to the Outer Planets (PDF); Professor Michele Dougherty (Imperial)
11:05 - Imperials involvement in NASAs next Mars mission (PDF); InSight; Dr Tom Pike (Imperial)
11:30 - Earth Observation Activities at Imperial (PDF); Dr Helen Brindley (Imperial) 
11:55 - Some highlights of 2013 and beyond (PDF); Magali Vaissiere, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (European Space Agency)

Session 2: Space Technology (Chair, Professor Michele Dougherty)

13:20 - Instrumentation and Industrial Partnerships (PDF); Chris Carr (Imperial)
13:45 - Satellite Applications Catapult (PDF); Paul Febvre (CTO)
14:10 - Geochemistry and Meteoritics (PDF); Professor Mark Sephton (Imperial)
14:35 - SSTL: British Innovation in Space (PDF); Phil Davies, European Business Development Manager (SSTL)
15:00 - Astrium Presentation (PDF); Chris Ward, Head of UK R&D

Session 3: Space Services and Funding Opportunities (Chair, Professor Stev e Schwartz)

16:00 - STFC External Innovations Programme Funding Schemes (PDF); Dr Vlad Skarda
16:25 - Telespazio VEGA UK (PDF); Ian Encke, Head of Geo-information Business Development
16:50 - Inmarsat Never Beyond Reach (PDF); Rupert Pearce, CEO, and Marcus Vilaça, Chief Scientist & VP Technology Strategy
17:15 Close; Professor Maggie Dallman, Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial

Click here to view the event schedule (PDF)

We plan to hold annual Imperial SpaceLab events so watch this space for the 2014 date!

From late 2013 the Imperial SpaceLab will hold funding for termly seminars. If you would like to make suggestions or nominate internationally or nationally renowned speakers to this series, please do get in touch.