BNSC Consultation on Civil Space Strategy (2007-2010)


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BNSC Consultation on Civil Space Strategy (2007-2010)

  1. 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. 2. Thinking ‘beyond’ <ul><li>The BNSC strategy is nominally for a three year period… </li></ul><ul><li>…But three years is just ‘tomorrow’ in terms of the world of space </li></ul><ul><li>What will things look like in 15 years time ? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Example scenarios: by 2022… <ul><li>… The private sector will have evolved sub-orbital space tourism vehicles into low cost human and cargo transportation to LEO ? </li></ul>… 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. 4. The questions for this session <ul><li>What are the new or emerging issues in space ? </li></ul><ul><li>What could be the UK’s role ? </li></ul><ul><li>What should BNSC do ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get involved ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep out of the way ? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Our Panel <ul><li>Stephen Attenborough Commercial Director, </li></ul><ul><li>Virgin Galactic </li></ul><ul><li>David Bestwick Technical Director, </li></ul><ul><li>Avanti Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Frank Close OBE Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, Chair of BNSC Space Exploration Working Group </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Kevin Fong Co-director of the Centre for Aviation Space and Extreme Environment Medicine, University College London. </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Alan O’Neil University of Reading, Director of NERC Centre for Earth Observation </li></ul><ul><li>Ruy Pinto Director Satellite Ops and Navigation, Inmarsat </li></ul><ul><li>Pat Norris Business Development Manager, Logica CMG </li></ul>
  6. 6. Some questions to kick-things off… <ul><li>Is space tourism a side-show to the main thrust of space industry or will it change the fundamental economics of space access? </li></ul><ul><li>How will commercial satellite telecoms evolve over the next 15 years: where is the challenge – enough bandwidth or finding content that makes money? </li></ul><ul><li>What is happening in the global space exploration scene and what does it mean for the UK? </li></ul><ul><li>Taking climate change as a given, what are the societal and commercial issues that arise and how will space make a difference ? </li></ul><ul><li>What really matters to the UK – developing technology here or just exploiting it ? </li></ul><ul><li>Which elements of the space programme will really matter to the citizen of the future (the child of today)? </li></ul>