Reinventing Space

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Highlighting the trends that will define space enterprise a decade from now

The 15th Reinventing Space Conference will be held between Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 October 2017 at the Strathclyde University Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

The focus of the 2017 conference will be on the novel applications that are becoming commercially viable as space technology improves. These include space tugs; space tourism; satellite refuelling; debris removal; debris exploitation; manufacturing in orbit; real-time video from space; space mining; etc.

We also anticipate animated discussion on “The Norms of Behaviour in Space”, which are becoming increasingly important as we move towards the era of mega-constellation, the need for Space Traffic Control, and hence the requirement for significantly enhanced space situation awareness.

RISpace brings together industry, agency, government, financiers, academia and end users. The conference and exhibition is organised by the British Interplanetary Society.



The first full day of Reinventing Space 2017 is dedicated to technology and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with papers dedicated to the new services and commercial opportunities that are under-development for our Near Earth Environment.

See Tuesday’s schedule here


The second day of Reinventing Space 2017 is dedicated to access to space and applications. Access to Space concerns the new vehicles, technologies and operational concepts that are radically reducing the cost to reach orbit. As important is the technology which is driving the development of space.

See Wednesday’s schedule here


The third day of Reinventing Space 2017 features ideas beyond LEO – applications and looking to the far future. We explore plans to expand beyond Earth orbit, both for exploration and exploitation of new resources. Fundamental to a number of the new commercial opportunities are technology breakthroughs.

See Thursday’s schedule here


Friday is an optional extra day at RISpace and we will be visiting sites of interest within the Glasgow space industry. This will be free to delegates in possession of an RISpace badge for any day of the conference, Spaces will be limited.


Confirmed 2017 keynotes

  • Craig Clark, CEO, Clyde Space
  • Moriba Jah, Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • Maria Kalama, ‎Lead, Satellite Communications, Innovate UK
  • Wallis Laughrey, Vice President, Space Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
  • Peter Marquez, Vice President for Global Engagement, Planetary Resources
  • Malcolm Macdonald, Director, Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications
  • Kai-Uwe Schrogl, President, International Institute of Space Law
  • Kay Sears, VP Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Space Systems




The 2017 venue

Our 2017 venue is Strathclyde University’s Technology & Innovation Centre, situated at 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD.


The Call For Abstracts extension period has ended




Registration is now open 

You may now register for the 15th Reinventing Space Conference and Exhibition.


Who came to RISpace 2016?



Value Added Tax (VAT) is no longer charged on our conference tickets.

The primary purpose of revenue from the Reinventing Space conference and exhibition is to directly raise funds for the mission of the British Interplanetary Society – initiating, promoting and disseminating new concepts and technical information about space flight and astronautics.

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Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow

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RISpace delegate offers

Glasgow Convention Bureau have arranged a number of special offers for delegates including restaurants, tours and travel.

Glasgow Taxis offer for airport transfers

Discounted travel is available for delegates for journeys between Glasgow Airport and City Centre with Glasgow Taxis:
Pre-book your taxi by phoning +44 (0) 141 429 7070 using the following codes to get the discounted fare.

  • Glasgow Airport to City Centre: use code GCB 1 set fare £18.00
  • City Centre to Glasgow Airport: use code GCB 2 set fare £21.00

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Women In Aerospace breakfast on Thursday 26 October

Thursday 26 October starts early for a special Women In Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) breakfast. The UK chapter of WIA-E was launched one year ago at the 14th Reinventing Space conference at the Royal Society, London in 2016. There will be a series of short presentations accompanied by coffee and delicious Scottish pastries. All welcome! The …

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Applied Defense Solutions Inc becomes RISpace Bronze Sponsor

We are happy to welcome ADS as Bronze Partners for the 15th Reinventing Space conference and exhibition. Applied Defense Solutions (ADS) is a leader in aerospace engineering, software development, and space situational awareness. Collaborating with NASA, Commercial and International Partners, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community, we provide critical support for space exploration, …

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