The BIS NLV Feasibility Study

Speaker: Robin Brand

Date: 14 June 2017
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

This talk will provide an overview and update of the ‘BIS Nanosat Launch Vehicle (NLV) feasibility study’.

This two-year BIS Technical Project was started in March 2016, its original aim “to determine how cheaply access to space could be for small space satellites.” Since then it has become more UK oriented, and the title of the interim report issued in February is “Direct UK access to space? – The BIS Nanosat Launch Vehicle feasibility study”, which reflects this change in emphasis.

At present the UK space scene is changing rapidly, with recent welcome UK Space Agency and government initiatives aimed at promoting British spaceports and access to space. Following Robin Brand’s article “Space access from UK by 2020” in June’s Spaceflight magazine, the talk will also highlight these latest developments, and discuss how they affect the study.

For further information on the BIS NLV study, see the introductory webpage

This talk is an updated version of one previously given at Cosford V (March 2017) and a West Midlands Branch event in Droitwich (April 2017).

Robin Brand (BSc CEng MIET FBIS) is chair of the BIS Technical Committee, and Project Leader of the BIS Nanosat Launch Vehicle Feasibility Study, which he started in March 2016. He joined the BIS in 2009, and became a Fellow in January 2017.

Although an electronics engineer by profession, he has always had a great interest in space matters, and has written the definitive book on the ‘Skylark’ sounding rocket, see

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