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BNSC Consultation on Civil Space Strategy (2007-2010)

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BNSC presentation at Institute of Physics, 21st June 2007

BNSC presentation at Institute of Physics, 21st June 2007

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  • 1. BNSC Consultation on the UK Civil Space Strategy (2007 – 2010) 21 st June 2007     Institute of Physics, Portland Place, London New Opportunities A panel discussion
  • 2. Thinking ‘beyond’
    • The BNSC strategy is nominally for a three year period…
    • …But three years is just ‘tomorrow’ in terms of the world of space
    • What will things look like in 15 years time ?
  • 3. Example scenarios: by 2022…
    • … The private sector will have evolved sub-orbital space tourism vehicles into low cost human and cargo transportation to LEO ?
    … The US will have led a global return to the Moon and be establishing a permanent scientific outpost for geology, astronomy and preparation for a human Mars mission ? … Most commercial spacecraft manufacturing will have been outsourced to China, India ? … The International Space Station will have been sold to private equity investors to operate as a space hotel ? … Government space applications will be managed by industry in response to EU requirements ? … European space science and exploration will be managed by a European Science Research Council ? … Increased energy needs and oil depletion will make solar power satellites economically attractive ? … Climate change will be driving global population migrations and Government’s top priority will be to manage them ?
  • 4. The questions for this session
    • What are the new or emerging issues in space ?
    • What could be the UK’s role ?
    • What should BNSC do ?
      • Get involved ?
      • Keep out of the way ?
  • 5. Our Panel
    • Stephen Attenborough Commercial Director,
    • Virgin Galactic
    • David Bestwick Technical Director,
    • Avanti Communications
    • Professor Frank Close OBE Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, Chair of BNSC Space Exploration Working Group
    • Dr. Kevin Fong Co-director of the Centre for Aviation Space and Extreme Environment Medicine, University College London.
    • Professor Alan O’Neil University of Reading, Director of NERC Centre for Earth Observation
    • Ruy Pinto Director Satellite Ops and Navigation, Inmarsat
    • Pat Norris Business Development Manager, Logica CMG
  • 6. Some questions to kick-things off…
    • Is space tourism a side-show to the main thrust of space industry or will it change the fundamental economics of space access?
    • How will commercial satellite telecoms evolve over the next 15 years: where is the challenge – enough bandwidth or finding content that makes money?
    • What is happening in the global space exploration scene and what does it mean for the UK?
    • Taking climate change as a given, what are the societal and commercial issues that arise and how will space make a difference ?
    • What really matters to the UK – developing technology here or just exploiting it ?
    • Which elements of the space programme will really matter to the citizen of the future (the child of today)?

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