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Reinventing Space 2014

The 12th Reinventing Space conference and exhibition was held between Tuesday 18 and Friday 21 Nov 2014 at the Royal Society in London, the home of UK science since 1660. It was organised by the British Interplanetary Society and supported by the founder of the conference, Jim Wertz.


Vital statistics

  • A total number of 377 attendees came to the conference and exhibition
  • 11 exhibitors took part
  • Eight keynotes from the top of UK and international industry and agency addressed delegates
  • A record number (64) of abstracts were submitted, the highest in the history of Reinventing Space
  • 71% of participants in the post-event survey rated the event as exceeding expectations; 98% rated the venue as good or excellent


2014 demographics

2014 attendees by category


2014 marked the first occasion that the Reinventing Space conference had left its base in California and it had been eleven years since the first conference was staged.

In the first program(me), the following quotes were supplied:

 “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.”
John Kennedy, before a joint session of Congress, May 25, 1961

“The U.S. Air Force has kick-started a major study on quick-to-launch boosters capable of enhancing the nation’s warfighting abilities,… Given a Pentagon
go-ahead and funding, the Air Force could first fly a multi-stage system by 2014.”
Leonard David, in Space News, March 28, 2003

“If it takes us 11 years to create a Responsive Space capability, we all oughta find a different line of work.”
Jim Wertz, Challenge to the First Responsive Space Conference, April 1, 2003


 Sponsors and supporters


2014 supporters

2014 supporters

2014 attendees

This chart shows the split between categories of 2014 attendees for Reinventing Space   In percentage terms, the split between categories was:- Industry 30.5% Agency 13.5% Academia 11.4% Students/young professionals 27.6% Government 1.9% Support staff 2.9% Media/press 7.2% Keynotes 2.1% Independent 2.9%   The following companies and organisations were present in 2014: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Air …

2014 keynotes

The keynote speakers at RIspace 2014 were:- Alice Bunn Director of Policy, UK Space Agency Roger Longstaff Skylon project leader, Reaction Engines Ltd Barry Matsumori SVP of Sales and Business Development, SpaceX Franco Ongaro European Space Agency Director (D/TEC) and Head of ESTEC Sir Martin Sweeting Executive Chairman, SSTL; Director, Surrey Space Centre Jim Wertz …

2014 venue

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Founded in the 1660s, it is the national academy of science in the United Kingdom. The Fellowship is drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine. Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin have been …

2014 schedule

Reinventing Space 2014 was a four day event dedicated to one of the fastest growing industry sectors in space – low cost access and utilisation of space. The international conference and exhibition took place at the Royal Society, home of UK science since the seventeenth century. An optional fourth day, based in the financial heart …

RIspace 2014 survey

In December 2014, we sent a post-conference survey to all participants of the 12th Reinventing Space Conference. We received 53 replies. 2014 post-conference survey How would you rate your overall experience of the Reinventing Space conference 2014? Better than expected: 71.70% (38) About what I expected: 26.42% (14) Worse than expected: 1.89% (1) Total 53 Was the …

RIspace 2014 abstracts

The following 30 papers were selected for presentation at Reinventing Space 2014. In the list below, only the lead author/presenter is listed for brevity. Full details of the abstract and all authors/co-authors available by clicking the links. The proceedings are available through Springer Nature. Review by         Rethinking private property in outer …