Current Topics in Rocket Propulsion – An Open Source Conference

When research into rocketry recommenced in the UK in the mid 1930’s it was primarily military funded and hence classified. Little information was made available to the general public about UK rocket research and the classified conferences, symposia etc this remained the case right up to the end of the 20th century.

However the “Times they are a changing”

Unclassified Rocket Propulsion activity at Westcott (The former Rocket Propulsion Establishment and in its day one of the most secretive sites in the UK) is expanding and the government is pushing the Space sector as a major economic growth area of the UK economy. To celebrate the increase in activity at Westcott it has been decided to run an open Source conference covering some current topics in near term rocket propulsion.

The West Midlands Branch of the British Interplanetary Society is organising the daylong conference with the aim of showcasing current UK rocket research to BIS members, academia and interested members of the public. The main objective is to give those who are not actively engaged in the subject of rocket propulsion an update as to the current technology level in some areas of the subject and where this might lead us in respect of near-term future activities in space. In addition, there are many associated areas of technology that bear directly on the ability of current propulsion systems to provide better and more effective use of existing and planned propulsive capabilities (such as the properties and use of graphene, additive manufacturing, new polymers etc)

Given that the audience is not necessarily cognizant with the latest developments in the field it is expected that a more generalized presentation be given. It is also recognized that presenters may wish to go further in that they might wish later to prepare a learned paper for consideration for publication in the British Interplanetary’ s Journal (a Citation Index publication). However, this would be a secondary objective for this initiative.

If you/your organisation would like to present a paper at the conference, please e-mail 

When: Saturday 14/04/2018

Where: Westcott Sports and Social Club (Formerly the V100 Club of the MoD Rocket Propulsion Establishment)
Ashendon Rd, Westcott, Buckinghamshire HP18 0NZ

Entry: Attendee tickets will be available on the BIS Website shortly. For further details be sure to check out our Facebook page

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