The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2016

  • Ms. Walda Roseman, Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Board, and Mr. Mark Hempsell, President of the British Interplanetary Society will host the Awards Ceremony at the RISpace Dinner at the Royal Society on 27 October
  • Mrs. Angie Edwards, Niece of Sir Arthur C. Clarke and Chair the Judging Panel will officiate
  • More than 60 nominations and 48 Nominees for 10 Awards

The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, supported by the British Interplanetary Society, is pleased to announce the finalists of this year’s Sir Arthur Clarke Awards.  The finalists, three in each category, details of the Awards and the Nomination Statements are listed below.

All finalists have been invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at the Reinventing Space Gala Dinner in the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG, on Thursday 27 October 2016 where the winners of each of the 10 Awards will be announced.  Mrs. Angie Edwards, niece of Sir Arthur and Chair of the Judging Panel will be there to see fair play.

Places at the Gala Dinner may still be available on http://rispace.org/schedule/rispace-gala-dinner/.

The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards primarily recognise and reward those individuals and teams that have made notable or outstanding achievements in, or contributions to, all British space activities in the previous year, but will, once again, include International and Lifetime Achievement categories open to all. Better known as ‘The Arthurs’, they have been presented annually since 2005.  Unusually, nominations can be made by the general public, but a Nominations and Judging Panel, made up of senior representatives from all areas of the space sector, ensures that all areas are covered

The Awards have, this year, been part sponsored by the UK Space Agency.

A list of previous winners can be found http://www.bis-space.com/2013/04/05/9719/sir-arthur-clarke-awards-winners.

For further clarification or information please contact:

Alistair Scott
UK Board Member
The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation
e-mail: Alistair.Scott@bis-space.com
Tel: +44(0)7774490188

Gill Norman
Executive Secretary
The British Interplanetary  Society
e-mail: Gill@bis-space.com
Tel: +44(0)2077353160

2016 Sir Arthur Clarke Award Finalists

1. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team
The SSTL Galileo Team
The Airbus Gaia Team
The Industry & ESA LISA Pathfinder Team

2. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Individual
Dave Honess,  Astro Pi
Alizee Malavart, SSTL
The Rt Hon. the Lord Willetts

3. Space Achievement – Academic Study/Research
Dr. Harry Ward and the University of Glasgow LISA Pathfinder team
Dr. Alex Brinkmeyer, Oxford Space Systems
The UK Gaia Science Team

4. Space Achievement – Education and Outreach
The UK Space Agency Principia Education Team
The Astro Pi Team
Nick Spall, BIS

4a. Space Achievement – Special Individual Outreach
Tim Peake, ESA

4b. Space Achievement – Education
Mike Grocott, Space School, Banbury
The National Space Academy
Dr. Allan Clements, ESERO

5. Space Achievement – Student
The PICARD Inflatable Antenna Team, Strathclyde University
The Lunar Mission One Graduate Development Project Team, Cranfield University
Joseph Dudley, UKSEDS

6. Space Achievement – Media, Broadcast and Written
Helen Keen: “It IS Rocket Science”, BBC Radio 4
Simon Winchcombe, BBC Horizon
David Shukman, BBC News

7. Lifetime Achievement
Professor Ken Pounds, Leicester University
Pat Norris, CGI
Helen Sharman, Imperial College

8. International  Achievement
Prof Richard Holdaway, RAL
Oxford Space Systems (OSS)
The Global VSAT Forum, David Hartshorn, Secretary General

2016 Sir Arthur Clarke Award Categories

1. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements by a team in all space activities. This includes any activity by a commercial or government organisation that designs, manufactures, supplies or operates space systems, equipment or hardware, or supports and promotes the space industry.

2. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Individual
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements by an individual in all space activities. This includes any activity by a commercial or government organisation that designs, manufactures, supplies or operates space systems, equipment or hardware, or supports and promotes the space industry.

3. Space Achievement – Academic Study/Research
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements in space research by a team or individual employed by an academic organisation. This includes research carried out in any subject related to space, whether in science, engineering, medicine, humanities, art or design.

4. Space Achievement – Education and Outreach
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements in space education and outreach. This includes: formal education at all levels, informal education, education about space, education for the space community (e.g. workforce development), education using space assets/resources, and outreach to the general public or specific target groups.

4a. Special Award for Space Achievement in Individual Outreach
This is a Special Award in 2016 to recognise the significant and unprecedented contribution made by an individual to Space Outreach.  The candidate should, given a unique opportunity or challenge, have shown outstanding ability in communicating, to the general public and students in particular, the excitement of space and space travel and the indisputable value of zero gravity space to Science and the furtherance of man’s knowledge.

4b. Special Award for Space Achievement in Education
This Award, so far only made in 2016, recognises the significant or outstanding achievement in, or contribution to, Space Education by a team or individual in 2015/16. This includes: formal education at all levels, informal education, education about space, education for the space community (e.g. workforce development), education using space assets/resources to excite and encourage students to continue their STEM studies.

5. Space Achievement – Student
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements by a school, undergraduate or postgraduate student team or individual on any space-related activity, from basic research to awards and outreach.  Nominees must be no more than 28 years of age on 31st December 2015.

6. Space Achievement – Media, broadcast and written
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements in space media. This includes any media, related to space, such as journalism, documentary, drama or other entertainment or scholarly record in any form, including written, filmed, broadcast, web/internet-based or staged.

7. Lifetime Achievement
This award is made for exceptional achievement in an area of space activity. Examples of this might include lifetime achievement, breakthroughs in space science/technology, space undertakings of global impact/significance, etc.

8. International Achievement
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements which either feature or further an important international aspect in an area of space activity. The final selection and judging of this award is carried out by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

2016 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards Finalists’ Nomination Statements

1. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team
Gary Lay and the SSTL Galileo Team
In 2005 the first Galileo precursor satellite, Giove-A, designed and built by SSTL, was launched, enabling Europe to lay claim to the radio spectrum required for the full Galileo system.  SSTL went on to build all 22 payloads for the operational satellites, the last of which was delivered to prime-contractor OHB In May 2016.  Ten are already in orbit with another four due for launch in November.  Gary Lay and the SSTL  team have firmly established SSTL’s position as a major supplier of mainstream spacecraft and look forward to many more orders.

The Airbus DS Gaia team
The Gaia mission is most ambitious astrometry mission yet. Its design provides unprecedented precision in measuring the locations of stars in space and tracking their motions to measure distances and space motions. The delivery of the spacecraft and telescope, led by Airbus DS, has been an enormous challenge. More than 2 years of operations in space has demonstrated the achievement of the technical goals and, with the first Gaia catalogue due to be released in September 2016, it is timely to recognise the huge technical achievement of the Gaia Team

The Industry & ESA LISA Pathfinder Team
LISA Pathfinder, given the formidable task as a technology demonstrator for a future gravitational wave observatory in space, faced hugely demanding requirements for stability and characterization and the development route for its payload technologies was far from smooth.  But the result has been superb and the performance demonstrated in space makes the leap to a future LISA observatory really credible for Europe.  Combining the mission’s timing with the first detections of gravitational waves from the Earth’s surface makes this mission and the team behind it worthy of recognition.

2. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Individual
Dave Honess
Dave Honess has been the driving force behind getting two British designed and manufactured Astro Pi computers onto the International Space Station to provide a unique facility to inspire children and adults to learn to code.  School children competed to programme this ‘space qualified’ version of the Raspberry Pi schools computer with its attached sensor suite and he orchestrated the selection of the code uplinked and operated by Tim Peake. Extensive new Astro Pi teaching resources are hosted by the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) and the UK STEM networking organisation, STEMNET – see https://www.stem.org.uk/elibrary/collection/4204 .  Dave’s efforts have resulted in a British resource on the ISS that can be exploited for years to come world-wide.

Alizee Malavart
In December 2014, Alizee Malavart, recognizing the need for a low-cost, lightweight and resettable hold down and release solution for nano and small satellites, began to research and develop “Velcro”-type systems in her own time and at her own expense.  Initially, she faced considerable scepticism, but continued to advance the technology.  The first working prototype generated sufficient interest and credibility within SSTL and a grant to progress the research and development was received in November 2015.  By January 2016, an Engineering Model was designed which has now led to the manufacture of Flight Model hardware used to hold down and release a deployable solar array on an SSTL satellite currently awaiting launch.  This technology has proved to be significantly beneficial for SSTL and the UK space industry as a whole. The advancement of the technology to this point, is purely down to Alizee’s passion and drive.  Without her this would not have happened.

The Rt Hon. the Lord Willetts
David Willetts, as Minister for Universities and Science in the last Government, with space as part of his brief,  was highly thought of by the space community for his support of the resurgent UK space industry, building on the progress made by Lord Drayson in the previous Labour administration.  Under his stewardship the UK Space Agency was formed and its budget contribution to ESA was dramatically increased.  He took a keen interest in new space technology projects including Reaction Engines’ air breathing rocket motor and was also widely lauded by other scientific sectors who saw him as a supporter of science, particularly against the significant government spending cuts.  Through his experience in other Government departments, particularly the Treasury, he was able to persuade them that the Space sector gives a significant return on investment and provides a valuable service to all departments –  a strong foundation for future growth.

3. Space Achievement – Academic Study/Research
Dr. Harry Ward and the University of Glasgow LISA Pathfinder Team
The University of Glasgow’s Optical Bench Interferometer (OBI) is the heart of the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft.  It monitors, with picometre precision, the distance between two free-flying test masses to test the concept and practicality of flying a gravitational wave observatory in space.  Driven by the extreme accuracy required, the design, development and qualification of the OBI has been a long and very challenging programme, with work on the Flight model commencing back in 2005.  Advanced bonding techniques were refined by the OBI team to meet the unprecedented component placement accuracies required.  Harry Ward’s expertise and inspirational leadership and the dedication and inventiveness of the 5-person team were fundamental to the success of this programme.  With the recent dramatic first detection of gravitational waves by a LIGO in the US, LISA Pathfinder has now paved the way for the flight in the early 2030s of ESA’s flagship gravitational wave observatory

Dr. Alex Brinkmeyer
The strength, lightness and resistance to the harsh space environment of composite materials provide great advantages to the space industry.  Rigid composite structures are well understood and characterized.  However, when made to be rolled or folded for stowage and then deployed as large structures on orbit, understanding and predictability is poor, so they are currently avoided for space missions.  Dr. Alex Brinkmeyer has built upon his PhD work at Bristol University’s Advanced Composite Laboratory to significantly improve the understanding and thus the commercial viability of flexible composites. His leadership in developing a proprietary mathematical modelling “toolkit” for Oxford Space Systems (OSS) has led to two industry records: from materials concept to orbit in under 30 months and development of the world’s longest retractable microsat boom system.  As well as reducing product development time, Alex’s work has contributed to an increase in OSS valuation with the venture capital investment community.

The UK Gaia Science Team
Gaia is the most ambitious astrometry mission ever flown.  It will measure the distances and space motions of all stars visible to us in the galaxy with unprecedented precision. These results will transform astrophysics as we know it. To achieve the necessary precision in the measurements has been an enormous challenge technically.  However, the huge task of processing and analysing the data has been an even greater challenge, without which the potential of the instrumentation could not be realised. This has been carried out by the pan-European Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC), to which the UK’s multi-institutional team from Cambridge, MSSL, Edinburgh, RAL and Leicester led by Prof Gerry Gilmore at Cambridge has made a fundamental and key contribution. With the imminent release of the first Gaia results in September 2016, it is timely to recognise this important academic achievement.

4. Space Achievement – Education and Outreach
The UKSA Principia Education Team
The educational outreach activities of Tim Peake’s Principia mission have been extremely successful in generating an unprecedented feel-good factor and a maintained level of interest in the UK.  It is the biggest ‘good news story’ to engage UK children in years. The UK Space Agency Education Team of Jeremy Curtis, Libby Jackson and Susan Buckle have, in liaison with ESA, coordinated the many activities and have spent a considerable amount of time and energy publicising the various initiatives and then making them happen.  Libby Jackson in particular deserves recognition for her media activities.  She is clearly passionate about her role and speaks with great authority on her subject, the mission and the legacy.  She is an excellent role model for young people, particularly women.  The creativity of the outreach initiative is best illustrated by the Royal Horticultural Society’s Rocket Science project, endorsed by HM the Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show, where schools compare the growth of Rocket salad seeds flown on the ISS with seeds that have stayed on Earth and the Astro Pi computer and sensor suite programmed by British school children that Tim has been using on the ISS.

The Astro Pi Team
Funded largely by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the Astro Pi project enabled UK schools to devise and code experiments to be run on the ISS by British ESA Astronaut, Tim Peake. The Outreach team at Raspberry Pi worked tirelessly, in an area outside their normal expertise, to get the Astro Pi computers designed, qualified, and flown to the ISS. The mission achieved 100% of its goals, and the effect in schools is clear to see.  The UK space industry recognises and thanks them for their effort in establishing an exciting project like Astro Pi to feed the pipeline of future talent. The project was superbly devised to cover all key stage age groups, and the quality of experiments and code from schools is testament to the success of the project. It can now be said that UK school children have their code flying in space – Quite an achievement.

Nick Spall
Nick Spall’s strong leadership of the UK Human Space Flight campaign has been of the utmost importance in enhancing space education outreach in this country. He has used his excellent communication skills to raise public awareness to the value of human Space flight and the benefits which such a programme brings, both in terms of inspiration and scientific progress. The resulting pressure from both the space sector and the public helped bring about new government funding for UK Human Space Flight, which in turn led to the highly successful Principia mission by the UK/ESA astronaut Tim Peake in 2015/2016. By any measure, the success of this mission has had a major positive impact on the public’s perception of the benefits of space exploration. It has also inspired a whole generation in the UK to believe involvement in space activities is possible and achievable, not only individually as astronauts, but also as teams of scientists through schools’ participation. Without Nick’s work this would have been difficult, if not impossible, and would have certainly taken much longer.

4a.Special Award for Space Achievement in Individual Outreach
Tim Peake
Tim Peake has been a true inspiration to the United Kingdom and indeed the World.  While on the ISS he has used social media to link up with schools and spoken to people direct about his experiments and what life is really like in space.  Tim is a perfect role model who has achieved his dream and to the very youngest he is a real-life hero.  He has made science exciting for the young and, through his amazing photographs, has shared the awe inspiring views of the Earth with us.  On his return to Earth his feet have hardly touched the ground as his dedicated PR and Education Outreach Teams at ESA, the UK Space Agency and NASA rush him around to meet the people and inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.  Though difficult to measure in money terms, this is sure proof that big returns on investment are there to be made from Space and Human Space Flight in the longer term.

4b. Special Award for Space Achievement in Education
Mike Grocott
In 2013/14 Mike Grocott set up the UK’s  first Space Studio School in Banbury, with a strong science and maths background to encourage pupils into the space and other STEM sectors. In September 2014 he had 80 full-time students in Years 10 and 12, and 200 in 2015/16.  As Principal, he maintained a significant teaching role in GCSE and A-level Physics and GCSE Astronomy.  Mike used his twelve years in the Royal Navy and his lifelong love of astronomy and astronautics to boost his students’ enthusiasm and attainment.  He has led international teacher training work in astronomy for the British Council and with NASA’s Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers.  Hundreds of his UK students have had life-changing placements at both US centres.  Though now running his own business,  Mike is still a dedicated “Space Ambassador” and is a Lead Educator in the UK’s National Space Academy programme.

The National Space Academy
The National Space Academy, led by Anu Ojha, is an educational programme aimed at teachers and students which has delivered real and measurable enhancements in educational achievement. Starting life as a regional, East Midlands Development Agency sponsored project, it was extended to have a national remit in 2012. In any one year it reaches around 7000 students with masterclasses and engages about 1000 teachers in high quality CPD. The proven effectiveness of the project makes it a national beacon of excellence in STEM education which is now being adopted internationally. It is recognised as a flagship programme by the UK government.

Dr. Allan Clements
Allan has very recently retired from his position as Manager of the European Space Education Resources UK Office (ESERO-UK).  Since its establishment in 2010, Allan has grown the ESERO-UK team, providing resources and CPD for teachers across the UK.  Allan was key in developing the successful Tim Peake Primary Project, through which over 1000 schools have been visited by over 50 Space Ambassadors.  He has always promoted the use of space as a context for STEM subjects, ensuring that children can be enthused about pursuing a STEM career by using space as the hook

5. Space Achievement – Student
The PICARD Inflatable Antenna Team, Strathclyde University
The Prototype Inflatable Conical Antenna REXUS Deployment (PICARD) Team conceived, built and successfully deployed an inflatable antenna by means of a sounding rocket as part of the ESA REXUS/BEXUS student experiment programme. One of the team won the British Interplanetary Society’s undergraduate IAC student paper competition earlier this year and attended the International Astronautics Congress in Guadalajara in September.

The Lunar Mission One Graduate Development Project Team, Cranfield University
In October 2015, while completing a one year course in MSc Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University, a team of 15 students took part in a group design project, to perform a feasibility and design study for Lunar Mission One.  After 7 months the project concluded with a successful presentation to a large group of industry representatives.  Between lectures, exams, reports and job applications the students gave their very best to the project.  Eight different nationalities with very different backgrounds came together in October and, with their passion for Space and their subject, were able to work together and came up with an extremely creative mission and a very feasible design to challenge the previous study by RAL Space.

Joseph Dudley
Joseph joined UKSEDS in 2012 when still at school.  While at University he has served as PR Officer, Membership Officer, Secretary and is now the Chair. Highlights of his tenure include a complete re-branding of UKSEDS and an overhaul of the membership system.  As Chair he has overseen a complete restructuring of UKSEDS, increasing the number of volunteers from 10 to over 30, providing more opportunities for young people to develop crucial management and team working skills. He is the driving force behind the launch of spacecareers.uk, an online resource supported by the UK Space Agency which provides support and advice for students preparing for a career in the space industry. Most critically, UKSEDS has become a well-established, financially stable and highly respected organisation. It receives considerable sponsorship each year for its National Student Space Conference which in 2016 hosted 400 students, academics and industry representatives. Joseph has just graduated and will probably be stepping down from the Executive Committee at this year’s AGM.  He should be recognised for the incredible contribution he has made to UKSEDS

6. Space Achievement – Media, Broadcast and Written
Helen Keen: “It IS Rocket Science”, BBC Radio 4
Hidden away on Radio 4 is a funny show entirely about space past present and future called “It is Rocket Science” with Helen Keen.  It thoroughly deserves an even wider audience – it is carefully researched and written and often leads to a lot of time spent Googling, to find out more about certain aspects of space brought up in the show.  It isn’t Brian Cox standing next to a beautiful landscape, everything it creates is in the mind’s eye and yet somehow it really captures the struggles and the triumphs and the overlooked scientists and space pioneers in an entertaining way that stays with you after you’ve stopped listening.  Apparently the writers and producers like to get e-mails praising their programme.  The more the merrier, as this appears to be how the BBC judges the success of programmes.  Let’s hope they do more of this kind of programme.

Simon Winchcombe
Simon Winchcombe is a documentary film maker and has long been a supporter of the UK Space Sector, producing the BBC Horizon’s ‘How to Build’ series of documentaries, which included  the excellent ‘How to Build a Satellite’ first shown on BBC 2 in November 2011.  More recently he has taken this idea further producing ‘How to be an Astronaut’ which followed Tim Peake through all his training and preparations for launch.  Simon seems to have the ability to get right inside his story, and often the organisation and/or the family itself, without appearing to intrude.  First shown on 14 December 2015, it shows the risks, pressures and rigorous training required to launch into space and the effect it has on family life.  It is a remarkable insight into the world of an astronaut and Tim provides a perfect role model for those that want to do something with their lives, particularly in the Space sector, be it in academic research, industry or out

David Shukman
David Shukman, as one of the BBC’s outstanding Science Correspondents has, over many years, covered most, if not all, of the significant UK and International Space events, including the landing of the Philae Lander on Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko in November 2014 when the whole world saw him receive a very big hug from an excited Professor Monica Grady.  David has followed Tim Peake’s every move, from his selection to join ESA’s Astronaut programme in May 2009 and meetings over coffee in Houston when beginning his training to his Zero-G flights and his launch on 15 December 2015.  He has also reported on the serious science carried out by Tim on the ISS, and the massive outreach and education impact the Principia mission has had on children in the UK.(see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36537646).   Finally, David was there in Kazakhstan to greet Tim when he landed on 19 June 2016.  see  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36570638)

7. Lifetime Achievement
Professor Ken Pounds
Ken Pounds is one of the world’s leading space scientists. Beginning his career almost 60 years ago, he remains active in the field supporting space mission development and publishing scientific papers. As the founder of the Space Research group at Leicester, he led the development of the new discipline of X-ray Astronomy in the 1960s and embraced further developments in the UK around Earth Observation and Planetary Science as Professor of Space Science. During this glittering career he has received many accolades that emphasise his pioneering role. However, he also made many contributions to the national and international organisation of space research, notably as RAS President, Chief Executive of PPARC and VIce-President of the IAU. He has served on many committees in support of space project funding and has had a huge influence on the space research agenda within the UK.

Pat Norris
Both the Evening Standard and Telegraph have recently profiled Pat’s amazing 50 year career in space.
Starting in a UK radar company, he moved to the USA to work for NASA on in orbit determination, gravity field modelling and satellite geodesy. He then joined the moon-landing team in Houston and led a team of engineers analysing the challenges of navigating to the moon and back.  He was able to determine accurate geodetic locations for one third of NASA tracking stations and land Apollo 12 bang on target.  For this he received the Apollo individual achievement award from Neil Armstrong.  From 1971, he worked for the European Space Agency on the Hubble Space Telescope, the Meteosat weather satellite and the Aerosat navigation satellite.  For the last 36 years, he has worked for CGI (formely Logica) working on the Giotto probe to Halley’s comet, the Hipparcos star mapper, Huygens probe to Titan, Galileo,  Inmarsat-4, XMM-Newton and Skynet 5 as well as government and industry policy discussions and negotiations.  Pat has chaired UKspace and the Royal Aeronautical Society Space Group and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Aeronautical Society.   As a STEM and Space Ambassador he has encouraged many students to follow a science or engineering path to a career in Britain’s space industry.

Dr. Helen Sharman
25 years ago, on 18 May 1991, Helen Sharman took off in a Soyuz rocket to the Mir Space Station to become Britain’s first astronaut. Responding to a radio advert “Astronaut wanted. No experience necessary” on her way home from work at Mars Confectionery in Slough, back in November 1989, Helen was selected over some 13,000 applicants as one of two finalists to train in Star City for the privately funded Juno Mission.  Helen was chosen to fly and after her busy 8-day stay on Mir she returned to Earth a celebrity and visited many schools and colleges promoting Space and STEM subjects.  When work and family commitments allow, she continues to be a great Space Ambassador, running her own Engineering Club when at Kingston University and promoting manned Space. Recently she has participated in many events around Tim Peake’s launch to the ISS in December 2015 and hosted her 25th anniversary celebrations with 13 of her fellow European astronauts and 3 of her Mir Cosmonaut colleagues in May 2016.  Helen is a keen supporter of the BIS and in her current position at Imperial College she will continue to promote astronautics and an active manned Space programme in the UK.

8. International Achievement
Professor Richard Holdaway
Richard Holdaway was appointed Director of RAL Space in 1998.  For 17 years until his recent retirement, he provided inspirational leadership and built up RAL Space into a world-leading provider of space systems in Space Science & Earth Observation. He was responsible for the leadership of 220 scientists and engineers designing and developing systems for UK and international civil and military space programmes covering over 100 projects with NASA, ESA, Russia, Japan, China, UK and over 200 customers and collaborators in 34 countries.  Gaining his B.Sc & Ph.D in Aeronautics & Astrodynamics at the University of Southampton, he joined the Appleton Lab in 1974 and RAL in 1980.   He has 40 years of experience in Space Programmes, having worked on numerous missions in Space Science and Earth Observation internationally. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering,  Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Southampton, Kent, MIT and Beihang (Beijing). Professor Holdaway was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2013 in recognition of his services to Space Science and Technology, and an Honorary Doctor of Science by Southampton University in 2013.

Oxford Space Systems (OSS)
Oxford Space Systems was founded specifically with global aspirations in mind.  The venture capital backed ‘new space’ company is rapidly establishing a global reputation for its range of innovative deployable satellite structures such as antennas, booms and panels.  Whilst OSS has secured a number of key ARTES collaborations with European primes such as Airbus, Thales and LuxSpace, it is making excellent progress on generating profits from purely commercial sales.  Although still very much in the product development stage, OSS has secured sales of its boom technology to Kazakhstan and Singapore. The latter has led to on-going negotiations for a significant multi-million pound order that OSS expects to conclude by Q4, 2016.  Additionally, OSS has received considerable interest from the US for its large deployable antenna (LDA) technology.  OSS designs are characterised by the use of proprietary materials and design techniques, such as origami, to achieve solutions that are less complex, lighter & more cost-competitive than alternatives. The OSS LDA has impressed the UK Space Agency to the extent that €1m (EURO) in co-investment has been provided. OSS has received offers of investment and is currently exploring options under NDA with a well-known US aerospace company.

Global VSAT Forum – David Hartshorn, General Secretary
In 1997, leading members of the satellite industry met in London and agreed to establish what in 1998 became the Global VSAT Forum.  Today it remains headquartered in London with more than 200 members from virtually every region of the world representing a broad cross-section of the industry. It has earned the respect of international organizations, national governments, not-for-profit organizations, and, of course, the satellite and ICT industry worldwide. The VSAT Forum strengthens and promotes the satellite industry as well as builds confidence and services among consumers, often those with fewer options for receiving effective communications and emergency services. it has been a key advocate for needed spectrum resources for the industry. Its training and accreditation programs continue to build human capacity to provide quality services.  With a small yet highly effective staff and broad membership, the Global VSAT Forum is an effective staunch supporter and promoter of the satellite industry. For its many accomplishments, we believe it is strongly deserving of the International Award.

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