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Wednesday 11 November

Access to Space and Commercialisation Day

The second day of Reinventing Space 2015 is dedicated to access to space and applications.


If you cannot commit to attending the whole of RIspace 2015, Wednesday-only day tickets are available here.
Day tickets cost £149 ( £179.80 including VAT)


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Delegates are welcome to browse the exhibition as they enjoy a welcome coffee.



Introduction to the day’s activities




ACCESS TO SPACE 1 SESSION Chaired by Mark Hempsell (Hempsell Astronautics)

08:30 Feasibility study of LTA launch system for micro and smaller – Andrea Testore (Cranfield University) BIS-RS-2015-28
08:50 Enabling solutions for small satellite space access – Andreas Jonsson (RUAG) BIS-RS-2015-32
09:10 Considerations for low-cost small satellite launchers – Simon Feast (Reaction Engines) BIS-RS-2015-54


Executive Vice President, Spaceport & Program Development, Virgin Galactic

Jonathan has been a member of Virgin Galactic’s leadership team since its inception in 2004. He oversees the company’s activity to ready itself for commercial operations in New Mexico, including the development of the Suborbital Spaceflight System, the preparations for Operational Readiness and the relationship with the NM Spaceport Authority, which is responsible for the operation of Spaceport America, the future home of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo fleet.




Delegates visit the exhibition and posters as they enjoy tea, coffee and pastries.


During the morning break, the following posters are presented at the rear of the main conference venue:

10:10 How much is the moon worth? An analysis of ownership – Jairo Becerra (Catholic University of Colombia) BIS-RS-2015-34
10:25 How to make a small fortune in the space business – Robin Tucker (Red Kite Enterprise and Environment Limited) BIS-RS-2015-74


Wednesday morning’s break is sponsored by RUAG




ACCESS TO SPACE 2 SESSION Chaired by Mark Hempsell (Hempsell Astronautics)

10:40 New superlight class launch vehicles from Yuzhnoye – Mykola Lytvyn (Yuzhnoye) BIS-RS-2015-33
11:02 A mew generation of low-cost small launch vehicles to serve the rapidly growing small satellite market – Andy Bradford (Firefly) BIS-RS-2015-64
11:20 Could reusable air-launch break the space access paradigm? – David J. Salt (Telespazio VEGA) BIS-RS-2015-76
11:40 Small satellite launch vehicle from a balloon platform – Marc Rovira (Zero2Infinity) BIS-RS-2015-60 



Delegates visit the exhibition and posters as lunch is served in both areas.

During lunch, the following posters are presented at the rear of the main conference venue:

12:10 Legal aspects in performing space debris remediation : due diligence and fault considerations – Joyeeta Chatterjee (McGill University) BIS-RS-2015-58
12:25 Knowledge networks at the heart of space industry: the case of Scotland – Matjaz Vidmar (University of Edinburgh) BIS-RS-2015-81
12:25 Low cost mission for the Sun exploration using the system of heliocentric orbits – Min Thein (Moscow Aviation Institute) BIS-RS-2015-69


Vice President Strategic Partnership, Airbus Safran Launchers

Reflecting the joint ambition of Airbus Group and Safran to boost the European space industry to unscaled heights, Airbus Safran Launchers will develop innovative and competitive solutions by uniting the strengths of two leading contributors to modern launch vehicles. The goal of Airbus Safran Launchers is to provide comprehensive, advantageous solutions in this increasingly competitive market, based on a family of versatile, high-performance, cost-competitive launchers that meet the needs of both government and commercial customers.




ACCESS TO SPACE 3 SESSION Chaired by Alistair Scott, British Interplanetary Society

13:30 First steps towards the Kingston space shot: Low Altitude Test Vehicle – Adam Baker (Kingston University) BIS-RS-2015-75
13:50 Innovative Small Launcher – Arnaud van Kleef  (NLR) BIS-RS-2015-16
14:10 MicroLaunch: The Electric Rocket – Andrew Bacon (Thales Alenia Space UK)  BIS-RS-2015-79



Delegates visit the exhibition and posters as they enjoy tea, coffee, scones with strawberry jam & clotted cream.


During the afternoon break, the following posters are presented at the rear of the main conference hall:

14:30 Prospects for orbital airliners – David Ashford (Bristol Space Planes) BIS-RS-2015-12
14:45 Development of a family of air-launched smallsat launch vehicles for affordable & responsive space access – Charles Lauer (Rocketplane Global LLC)





Wednesday’s afternoon break is sponsored by Printech



PANEL:  The New Economics of Space Access

Providing commercial opportunities to fly payloads into space in an affordable way will open doors for many scientists, engineers, researchers, and even students to fly experiments, technology demonstrations, and flight hardware in orbit. Examples of innovations that US Government agencies are implementing to reduce the burdens associated with putting payloads into orbit include the development of streamlined requirements and processes to expedite development and reduce mission costs; hosted payloads on commercial spacecraft, used most often by government agencies to get capability on orbit without the fuss of building and launching a dedicated satellite; and ride share programs leveraging residual up mass allocations. International space agencies and commercial companies are working to develop less expensive launch vehicles targeting smaller payloads to provide more opportunities for on-orbit research and development. A number of entrepreneurial enterprises have recently sprung up that target cubesat and small satellite launches across a broad range of research and applications thrusts. In this panel, experts will explore current and planned efforts to expedite putting payloads into orbit in a more streamlined and affordable way. The panelists will explain how requirements are being tailored to support lean and agile project execution as well as how commercial companies are integrating into and capitalizing on these processes to optimize flight opportunities. Cost efficiencies and lessons learned from both the commercial sector and lower cost government missions and how they are being integrated into the more traditional space sector will be discussed.


New Economics of Space – Overview
Dave Bearden, Panel Chair



panelist_emmonsSmall Satellites: Innovation, Cost and Risk
Debra Emmons, The Aerospace Corporation



panelist_bucklyAvenues to Space: Streamlined Requirements & Processes
Angie Bukley, The Aerospace Corporation



panelist_BertschiESA Launch Systems
Markus Bertschi, European Space Agency



panelist_bakerThe UK Perspective
Adam Baker, Newton Launch Systems



This panel is sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation



Managing Director, Seraphim Capital

Seraphim Capital is a venture fund that has invested in a diverse range of UK companies across different stages and sectors with the common theme of being highly scalable, disruptive technologies that address large, global markets.





16:40 Introducing Second IAA Space Management Study – Piero Messina (European Space Agency) BIS-RS-2015-8
17:00 Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS) Priority Market : low Cost Access to Space – Conor O’Sullivan (SA Catapult) BIS-RS-2015-22
17:20 New Space, Old Players – Didier Alary (Aibus DS) BIS-RS-2015-66
17:40 Fostering technology innovation in space through national activities: The Swiss example – Gregoire Bourban (Swiss Space Centre) BIS-RS-2015-41



TECHNOLOGY SESSION 2 chaired by Matthew Stuttard, Airbus DS

18:00 Cost Disruptive Reflector Surface for Large Deployable Antennas – Juan Reveles (Oxford Space Systems) BIS-RS-2015-86
18:20 IODISPLay: Capturing European needs and capabilities for in-orbit demonstration of space technologies – Celestino Cid Gomez (GMV) BIS-RS-2015-31
18:40 A Universal Space Interface Standard to Create an In-orbit Servicing Market – Mark Hempsell (Hempsell Astronautics) BIS-RS-2015-83







The Divinity School of the Bodleian Library, Oxford

The Dinner is hosted at the Bodleian Library Divinity School.

The guest speaker will be Al Worden (Apollo 15 CM), introduced by Chris Welch  (International Space University).