An Introduction to Rocket Science

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

It’s not rocket science, you know” is such a cliché.

The British Interplanetary Society is organising a one-day introduction to astronautics which assumes absolutely no knowledge of physics, space science or rocket science. A series of excellent presenters will give talks covering the basics of spaceflight starting from “Why can’t we simply fly an aeroplane to orbit?” through to GPS, LEO and even the chances of meeting E.T.

At the conclusion of the day, the British Interplanetary Society will give out a certificate for attendees, signed by the BIS President, to hang on their walls in recognition that they’ve attended this introduction to rocket science.*

123The event will take place in the Faraday Theatre of the Royal Institution, Albemarle St, London W1S 4BS on Saturday 6 May between 9.30am and 6.30pm. Doors open at 9.00am. 
The Faraday Theatre is the venue of the renowned annual Christmas Lectures.

This event welcomes adults and accompanied children aged 8 and above. Due to the nature of some of the talks – with noisy demonstrations – the event is not suitable for very young children.

Note that one or two children may be brought along on one £49 ticket as long as an adult ticket has been purchased and this person accompanies any attendees aged under 18. Please note that tickets are non-refundable as at 4th May 2017, unless the BIS or the venue has to cancel the event for some unforeseen reason. 

Ticket prices

£79 for standard attendees

£49 for members of the British Interplanetary Society, the NVR or the Canadian Space Society

£49 for students in full-time tertiary education

£49 for one or two under 18s (accompanied by a ticket-holding standard adult attendee or ticket-holding BIS member)

Presentation team

  • Nigel Bannister, Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Leicester
  • Chris Bridges, Lecturer in On-Board Data Handling at the University of Surrey
  • Andrew Cawthorne, Head of Earth Observation at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited
  • Cady Coleman, NASA astronaut and STEM ambassador
  • Stuart Eves, Lead Mission Concepts Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited
  • Abbie Hutty, Spacecraft Structures Engineer on the ExoMars Rover Vehicle Team at Airbus, Stevenage
  • Shaun Kenyon, Chief Engineer at Sen Corporation.
  • Olesya Myakonkaya, Senior Innovation Scientist
  • Don Pollacco, Department of Physics, University of Warwick
  • Matthew Stuttard, Head of Advanced Space Projects at Airbus, Stevenage
  • Jay Tate, Director of The Spaceguard Centre
  • Chris Welch, Head of Astronautics and Space Engineering at the International Space University
  • John Zarnecki, President of the Royal Astronomical Society

 

Tickets may be booked through the BIS website

Please note that lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase at this event. This is organised by the venue – the Royal Institution – and not the British Interplanetary Society. The venue have also provided an area where you can consume your own food, or food brought in from outside.  

The day will be filmed so that BIS members can view the recordings later, as a member benefit. Care will be taken to ensure that only the stage is filmed, so that attendees are not on camera. 

 

Any surplus funds from this event will go directly towards the British Interplanetary Society’s continued Space Education and Outreach activities. The BIS is the world’s oldest space advocacy organisation – initiating, promoting and disseminating new spaceflight and astronautics concepts in the UK since 1933. Become a member of the BIS here!
The British Interplanetary Society is a registered charity.

 

Agenda

09:00 Doors open and registration. 
BIS-Logo-Arthurs 09:30 Introduction
Gather together in the Faraday Theatre for an introduction to the day
nigel 09:45 Why can’t we simply fly to space in a plane?
Dr Nigel Bannister of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Leicester will explain all this with the help of isopropyl alcohol!
kenyon 10:25 How to build a spacecraft
Building satellites, propulsion and power – a “Haynes manual”. Shaun Kenyon, Chief Engineer at Sen Corporation will explain all.
coffee 11:00 Coffee break
Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available to purchase or you may bring your own.
stuttard 11:30 So what have satellites done for us?
Satnav, satcom, weather forecasts and whales in the cloud. Matthew Stuttard, the Head of Advanced Space Projects at Airbus, Stevenage takes the helm.
647 12:00 Open Innovation – disrupting the space industry
Dr Olesya Myakonkaya, Senior Innovation Scientist will talk about how citizen science and start ups change the way we innovate.
cawthorne 12:10 Observing our planet from above
EO, LEO, GEO. There are lots of acronyms to do with space. Earth Observation – EO; the first of these acronyms – enables us to monitor global warming, see land use changes such as urbanisation and more. Andrew Cawthorne, Head of Earth Observation at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited will explain EO (LEO and GEO too!)
Terraformed Mars 12:40 Astronauts or robots?
Dr Stuart Eves and Dr Chris Welch fight it out to persuade the audience whether astronauts or robotic missions are the future.
BIS-Logo-Arthurs 13:10 Lunch will be available for purchase from the Royal Institution catering team. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch and we have provided a small area where this can be eaten.
eves 14:00 The higher or lower quiz As the lunch break ends, a fun introduction to the afternoon talks, which begin again at 14.10. Hosted by Dr Stuart Eves, Lead Mission Concepts Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited.
welch 14:10 Beyond Earth orbit
Designing better rockets and using new technology help us explore new worlds. Professor Chris Welch, Head of Astronautics and Space Engineering at the International Space University, Strasbourg will look further into the Solar System.
hutty 14:40 How to go to Mars
Abbie Hutty, Spacecraft Structures Engineer on the ExoMars Rover Vehicle Team at Airbus, Stevenage will talk about building a rover to explore the Red Planet.
pollacco 15:10 E.T. Phone Home!
Hello? Hello? Is there anybody out there? The Drake equation, life, methane, alien mega-structures and the Goldilocks zone are explained by Dr Don Pollacco of the Department of Physics, University of Warwick.
714 15:40 What’s it like living in space?
NASA astronaut Cady Coleman will give an illustrated talk about her life aboard the International Space Station.
coffee 16:15 Break
Tea, coffee and snacks will be available to purchase or you may bring your own.
zarnecki 16:45 Space exploration
A guide on where we’ve got to so far and where we are going next. Dr John Zarnecki, President of the Royal Astronomical Society will take us on a tour of the galaxy.
bridges 17:15 What’s next?
Nearly fifty years ago now, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon. Are we on our way to Mars now or even further? Or will robotic missions take us further to other solar systems? Dr Chris Bridges, Lecturer in On-Board Data Handling at the University of Surrey takes us on a tour.
tate 17:45 We’re doomed! Or are we?
At any moment, Earth could be hit by an asteroid or comet which would wipe us out as happened to the dinosaurs. But Jay Tate, Director of The Spaceguard Centre is here to tell us if we might be safe after all. 
 BIS-Logo-Arthurs 18:30 Attendance certificates
After the event, you can collect your attendance certificate – ideal for displaying on your wall and signed by the BIS President.
The 1950 Bumper launch

Bumper launch – from 1950, the year ‘health and safety’ forgot


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* Certificates will be printed in advance for attendees who sign up before 1 May. Those who sign up later, or on the day, need to leave their postal details.

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