Cosford IV – Propulsion, Projects, People and Places

THIS IS A PAST EVENT – HYPERLINKS AND FORMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED

Date: 12-13 April 2014

Venue: RAF Museum, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP

The fourth in the series of conferences organised by the BIS History Committee will take place at the RAF Museum, Cosford over the weekend of 12th/13th April 2014. As before a variety of topics will be covered – biographies, use of propellants but the main emphasis of this conference will be the influence on British rocket technology of the German rocket engineers who came to the UK after WW2.

Provisional Programme

Saturday 12th April

09.00 – 10.00          Registration and Coffee

10.00 – 10.10          Welcome – John Becklake (BIS History Committee)

Morning Session

Theme: German Rocket Engineers and their Contributions to British Rocketry
Chairman: John Harlow (Aerojet)

10.10 – 10.40          Overview – where/when/why/how – John Becklake (BIS History Committee)

10.40 – 11.10         Helmutt Walther and his Works – Shamus Reddin

11.10 – 11.30          Coffee

11.30 – 12.00         Operation Backfire – Alan Marlow

12.00 – 12.45         Operation Backfire Film

12.45 – 13.45          Lunch

Afternoon Session

Theme: German Rocket Engineers Session II
Chairman: John Becklake (BIS History Committee)

13.45 – 14.15          Taifun – Alan Bond (Reaction Engines)

14.15 – 15.30          Introduction to and tour of Conversation Facilities including work on TMA and rescued Dornier – Al McLean

15.30 – 15.45           Tea

Theme: People
Chairman:

15.45 – 16.05         Ken Gatland – Mali Perera

16.05 – 16.25         Les Shepherd – John Becklake

16.30 – 17.30         Book Launch – Val Cleaver (1917-1977) – A Very English Rocketeer

Sunday 13th April

Theme: Projects
Chairman: Mark Perman

09.30 – 10.00         Space Debris – The issue, its abatement and removal – Lucy Rogers

10.00 – 10.30          Little Leo – The small orbiter that nearly made it – John Harlow (Aerojet)

10.30 – 11.00          Coffee

11.00 – 11.30           Legacy of Westcott – James MacFarlane

11.30 – 12.00           European Spaceplane Development – David Ashford

12.00 – 13.00          German Rockets in the Collection

13.00 – 14.00          Lunch

Theme: Propulsion/Places
Chairman: Alan Bond (Reaction Engines)

14.00 – 14.30          History of Nitric Acid as a Liquid Rocket Oxidiser in the UK – John Harlow (Aerojet)

14.30 – 15.00          Rocket Sites and their Preservation – Wayne Cockroft (English Heritage)

15.00 – 15.20          Tea

15.20 – 15.50          Royal Gunpowder Mills – A Progress Report – David Simms

15.50 – 16.20          Summary/General discussion

16.20                        Close

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