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Tuesday 25 October

The first full day of Reinventing Space 2016 was dedicated to technology and Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

Papers are focused on the new services and commercial opportunities that are under-development for our Near Earth Environment. From mega-constellations that will deliver global high-speed internet to on-orbit servicing and commercial debris removal missions, commercial expansion of our Near Earth Environment has great potential over the upcoming years.


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LEO Activities and Technology Day



Delegates enjoy welcome coffee and croissants while they visit the exhibition
City of London Rooms
Marble Hall
The day’s events will be outlined
Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall
09:00 keynote-grantKEYNOTE: Jeffrey D. Grant
Vice President and General Manager of Space, Northrop Grumman.
The presentation will cover the new science we hope JWST will reveal, the revolutionary technologies being brought forward on the programme, the status of the satellite integration/test and key European content/contributions on the satellite.
Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall

1: Space Robots – A fully autonomous commercial constellation
Meidad Pariente (Sky and Space Global UK)

2: Bartolomeo : Integrated Solution for External Payload Missions on ISS
Christian Steimle (Airbus DS)

Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall
The exhibition and posters can be visited during the morning coffee break

Poster 38: NovaSAR-S Low Cost SAR Payload
Martin Cohen (Airbus DS)

Poster 57: Liquid Propellant Sounding Rocket for Training, Education and Flexible Flying Testbed
Oswaldo Loureda (Israel Institute of Technology)

City of London Rooms
Marble Hall

3: Persistent Surveillance/Video from Space
Alasdhair Beaton (Airbus DS) and Joel Freedman (SA Catapult)

4: Next Generation Low Cost Space SAR developments
Martin Cohen (Airbus DS)

5: Twinkle – a commercial satellite for space science
Marcell Tessenyi (Blue Skies Space Ltd)

Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall
The exhibition and posters can be visited during lunch.

The Seat of the future (ESA student poster competition winner)
Romain Andrieux, Alexandre Millot, Alexandre Daguerre, Florentin Mannevy-Tassy (ESTIA)

Long duration satellite servicing through Coulomb force assisted formation flying (IET student poster competition winner)
Paul Iliffe (Inmarsat)

City of London Rooms
Marble Hall
13:00 KEYNOTE: Hélène Huby
Head of New Space Ventures, Airbus Safran Launchers
Hélène is starting a “new space” initiative at Airbus Safran Launchers. A few months ago, she was Head of Innovation at Airbus Defence & Space where she transformed innovative ideas into products or services (portfolio of +50 projects). She fostered strategic partnerships with innovative companies, and she developed the innovation skills and mindset of Airbus Defence & Space. She played a pivotal role in the creation of the Airbus Group Corporate Ventures Fund and the Airbus Group Innovation Center in Silicon Valley.
Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall

6: Saving the satellite broadcast industry – reuseability of comsats in GEO
Doug Liddle (Effective Space Solutions)

8: OneWeb 3rd Party Platform : A disruptive low cost platform enabling new LEO missions
Cyrille Tourneur on behalf of Eric Zeis (Airbus DS)

Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall
The exhibition and posters can be visited during the afternoon tea break.

Poster 51: The Austral Launch Vehicle : Significant Progress on a Dedicated Cost Optimal Cubesat Launcher
Adriaan Schutte (SKA Organisation)

City of London Rooms
Marble Hall

9: Additively Manufactured Cubesats Continued
Adam Scott (AddAM Innovation Ltd.) and Vanessa Da Silva (ABSL Space Products)

10: Design and Validation of an Innovation Data Bus Architecture for Cubesats
Stefan van der Linden (University of Delft)

11: High-volume spacecraft manufacturing : enabling mega-constellations, providing low-cost access to space
Alasdair Gow (Clyde Space)

Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall

PANEL: The New Space Revolution – Transforming How We Observe Earth
Chair: David Germroth (PACE)

From agriculture & mining to traffic observation, mapping & weather, the invasion of small satellites is causing an incredible paradigm shift in the world of Earth observation and could have tremendous potential in the commercial and government realms. Drawn by lucrative business prospects, companies and capital around the world are fueling this small satellite rush and disrupting markets and governments alike. Small satellites have emerged as one of the principal driving forces for democratising of space activities. Defense and Government sectors require both remote sensing intelligence to detect and classify objects and also connectivity for secure, mission-critical communications. Even the US defense and intelligence communities are getting on board the train, with the National Reconnaissance Office, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command and the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space Office deploying small satellites for research and development purposes. While the small satellites topic is not new, what’s different this time? What kinds of improvements do small satellites bring to existing solutions? What kinds of innovative new solutions might materialise? Who are the important customers and what are their primary concerns and requirements? What “traditional” types of capacity and services are changed by the growth in small satellites? How do small satellites affect the satellite market as a whole? What applications are being impacted by this new paradigm? These are a few of the questions the New Space panel seeks to address.

  • BlackSky Global: Jim Beckley, Vice President
  • DigitalGlobe: Luca Perletta, Manager, Sales Engineering
  • HawkEye 360: Russ Matijevich, Vice President
  • Hera Systems: Bobby Machinski , CEO
  • OmniEarth: Jonathan Fentzke, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Planet IQ: Chris McCormick, CEO
  • SeeMe Satellite: Leonard D Vance, Senior Engineering Fellow, Raytheon
  • Surrey Satellite: Luis Gomes Director of EO and Science


Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall
17:30 KEYNOTE: Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Director General, European Space Agency
Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Woerner became the ESA Director General on 1 July 2015. Previously, from March 2007 to June 2015, he served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Jan Woerner’s tenure at ESA has witnessed the amazing success of the Rosetta mission, the establishment of the “Moon Village” concept and the launch and return of the first ESA astronaut from the UK, Tim Peake. Before joining ESA as Director General, Jan Woerner was head of the German delegation to ESA from 2007 to 2015 and served as Chairman of the ESA Council from 2012 to 2014.
Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall
Proceedings are brought to a close at 6.10pm
Royal Society