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Venue: Roehampton Vale campus, Friars Avenue, London SW15 3DW
Price: £25

UK launch symposium

Kingston University and Newton Launch Systems are pleased to sponsor the first UK Launch symposium to address how the UK can provide solutions for the low-cost space-access market (a high growth area according to the 2013 Space IGS).

The National Space Technical Strategy identified a need for a small UK satellite launcher for the UK space business, so our objective is to define the business case, technical options and the supply chain.

Our key speakers have the necessary political, economic, technological and supply chain capabilities required for a venture to create a 21st century, commercial Black Arrow. By adopting the elevator pitch approach from the UK Space Conference, relevant work will be presented during the day, plus there will be plenty of opportunities for questions and networking.

At the end of the symposium we aim to create a consortium that shares Newton's vision of a UK launch into orbit by 28th October 2021 (the 50th Anniversary of Black Arrow & Prospero) and to have agreed a plan to achieve this goal.

The event will include a brief tour of the relevant KU facilities and conclude with a drinks reception at Doritch House.

Main speakers

  • The United Kingdom Space Agency
  • Anthony Haynes and Simon Feast, Principal Engineers, Reaction Engines
    Blue Boomerang: a technical proposal for a UK light launcher
  • Adam Baker, National Space Technical Committee Chair - Access to Space
    The National Space Technology Strategy
  • Onno Verberne, Vice President, Missile Products Division, Nammo AS
    The North Star small launcher and supporting technology developments
  • Andrew Badham, Specialist - Air Traffic Standards & Policy, CAA
    The CAA study into potential UK launch sites
  • Andy Bradford, Director - Special Projects, SSTL
    The need for a small satellite launcher to support UK growth targets

Programme for the day:

10.00am Arrival coffee
10.15am-10.30am Welcome and Introduction to the purpose of Symposium, Adam Baker & Malcolm Claus, Kingston University
10.30am-1.30pm Session 1: Keynote presentations & discussion:
a - The UK Space Agency
b - National Space Technical Committee
c- Reaction Engines
d- Nammo
e- CAA
1.30pm-2.00pm Networking Lunch
2.00pm-3.00pm Session 2: Invited presentations from the potential UK launcher supply chain:
Airborne Engineering
Kingston University (2 projects)
Newton Launch Systems
3.00pm-3.30pm Break, networking & short tour for interested parties
3.30pm-5.00pm Session 3: Elevator pitches:
Short presentations from the potential UK launcher supply chain – do you have a project, capability or resource to offer?
5.00pm-5.30pm Summing up and discussion – the way forward for a UK small launcher
5.30pm-7.30pm Reception at Kingston's historic Dorich House

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Dr Adam Baker


Directions to Roehampton Vale campus, Friars Avenue, London SW15 3DW: