Space Day 2018

Be part of the biggest free Space Event in the Midlands!



Following on from the huge success of Space Day 2017 the West Midlands Branch of the British Interplanetary Society along with The Hive is running Space Day 2018.
Attendance to this event is free – no registration necessary, just turn up on the day!

For further details be sure to check out our Facebook page!

When: Saturday 06/10/2018

Where: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD

Exhibitors planned so far:

The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) – West Midlands Branch (The organisers of this event!)
The BIS is the oldest space society in the world. BIS West Midlands is based in Droitwich and runs a No of Space related events throughout the year. BIS HQ will be bringing a Soyuz docking simulator to the event so attendees can try their hand at docking a Soyuz at the International Space Station!

Immersive Experience – Planetarium
Immersive Experiences, the UK’s multi-awarding planetarium will be bringing their 360° Digital 3D VR planetarium to the Hive, where audiences can enjoy the stunning sky outside our city, fly through the universe and learn what it’s like to become an astronaut with our expert astronomer.

Daden Limited
Daden Fieldscapes – Go for a Walk on Mars!
Daden are a Birmingham based company specialising in the creation of 3D and Virtual Reality immersive learning and training applications and experiences, with clients including UK and US Government Departments, the NHS and many UK Universities and several local councils. Fieldscapes is an application which lets subject matter experts author learning and training experiences which can be used by students and employees to learn and practice new skills and explore new locations. Fieldscapes experiences have ranged from virtual geography field-trips through time-travelling to neolithic sites such as Avebury Ring, to training nurses and midwives.
For World Space Day 2018 Daden will be using the Oculus Rift, Oculus Go and Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headsets to let you walk in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon, to visit a sample of the real Martian landscape to view models of the Viking Lander and Opportunity and Curiosity Rovers, to see the awesome size of Comet 67P, to fly through the whole solar system and potentially even stand on a moon of Jupiter or Saturn.

Astro Info Service (AIS)
Astro(naut) Info(rmation) Service was formed in 1982 to distribute the latest news on the growing number of people selected to train for space flights. The first AIS published booklet on the third NASA astronaut selection came out later that year. The publication schedule soon expanded to include other aspects of the programme, including STS Annual Reports and EVA Reports. From the early 1970s, Dave has also provided a presentation series to schools, groups and enthusiasts on various aspects of human spaceflight. These presentations have continued throughout the lifetime of AIS. Regular anniversary presentations on the Apollo missions are second in popularity to the school presentation AT HOME IN SPACE (which Dave subtitles ‘Eating, Drinking, Going to the Toilet, and Being Sick!’).
Our goal is to establish AIS as a leading supplier of accurate and informative data on global human spaceflight history, current operations and future trends.

Robin Brand – Launching Spacecraft from the UK
The UK space scene is changing rapidly, with recent UK Space Agency and government initiatives aimed at promoting British spaceports and access to space. The BIS NLV feasibility study is part of this new scene and has concluded it is possible to build and launch spacecraft from the UK. Project leader Robin Brand will be on hand to explain how this is not only technically possible but economically viable:

1. Would it be feasible to launch into orbit from the UK – if so how?
2. What is the potential market?
3. How could physical access to space be most economically implemented?
4. What might a realistic payload and revenue stream look like?
5. How do the economics come together and could a business case be closed?
6. Could access to space from the UK be investor funded? 

Copies of the final report explaining all will be available, and Robin will be looking for those interested in helping with the 12-month Phase 2 of the study.

He will also be showing his definitive book on the Skylark sounding rocket, the first full account of the UK’s earliest space vehicle, a fascinating and largely untold story of how this became the first British rocket to reach space and become the basis of the UK’s earliest space programme. Over a period of 48 years, hundreds were fired, launching into space thousands of instruments that made previously unobtainable observations of the Earth, Sun, stars and galaxies. Signed to order copies of the book will be available.

Robin Brand has always been interested in space matters, having graduated from the ‘Eagle’ comic and ‘Dan Dare’ (in colour) via ‘The Sky at Night’ on television (in black and white) to membership of the British Interplanetary Society (in 3D!) He is chair of the BIS Technical Committee, and Project Leader of the BIS Nanosat Launch Vehicle Feasibility Study. He has given several talks and presentations on the study, the latest at the BIS HQ in May. He joined the BIS in 2009 and became a Fellow in January 2017.

Contact details:
17 Park Road, Fordingbridge, Hants. SP6 1EQ
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01425 655559

University of Hertfordshire – School of Creative Arts
The University of Hertfordshire has identified Space as one of its key research themes. Staff and students in the School of Creative Arts are investigating Design for Weightlessness. The project involves considering ways in which everyday objects need to be redesigned for future space tourism, in the fields of fashion, interior architecture, product design, and industrial design. We are also considering ways of using virtual simulations to model the effects of weightlessness on designed objects.

Summerfield Old Boys
The Summerfield (Rocket) Research Station (Droitwich side of Kidderminster) formally opened in Jan 1952 and so Jan 2018 is the 66th Anniversary of the site opening. Original members of the staff will be at Space Day celebrating 66 years of Rocket Research and Production at Summerfield. If you’re an Ex Summerfield employee and want to meet up with former colleagues or someone who would like to know more about the trials and tribulations of rocket research in the 1950’s & 60’s come along to Space Day.

 Institute of Physics
The Institute of Physics has a fascinating and diverse membership that ranges from students through qualified professionals in all disciplines to the still interested and involved retired community.
We believe that the Institute of Physics is a place where any physicist or person interested in physics can come to find something to interest and amaze them, and to form positive connections with others who share their fascination.

The De Havilland “Blue Streak” Rocket and the Rolls Royce RZ 2 Rocket Engine -A Unique personal collection of Memorabilia
Blue Streak was a UK Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) which when cancelled as a weapon went on to become the first stage of the European Launcher Development Organisations (ELDO) ill-fated launcher. Due to the nature of his work the owner was in an excellent position to purchase memorabilia. This is an opportunity to see some rare hardware and chat to an individual with a unique knowledge of the Blue Streak programme!

Rocket Propulsion Establishment Westcott
Mark Perman worked at the Rocket Propulsion Establishment Westcott and later at Roxel (UK Rocket Motors) Ltd Summerfield Nr Kidderminster. He has edited a history of Westcott which includes the early history of the site and its rocket projects, a complete listing of the rocket firing sites, along with some publicity brochures giving details of the capabilities of the site. Many rare photos are included

Mark will have copies of the A4 booklet with him for sale and will happily chat about Westcott and Rocket Technology.

Mark will have on display elements of the type of engine used to place the Juno spacecraft into orbit around Jupiter!

Colin Price– Principal Lecturer in Computing at the University of Worcester and National Teaching Fellow
Colin is well known for his innovative teaching where his students code simulations of rockets and spacecraft, wind-turbines, hydro-power plants, monster-truck suspension and even badminton shots. His students also build and program robots using Arduino technology, create touch screens and other novel interfaces. Colin’s current research is looking at how Primary School children can program using Java, the same language taught to our undergraduates! He has developed a “Story-writing-Coding” engine which has been used with over 120 5-11 year-olds with great effect. He has also created virtual physics and engineering laboratories using a video game engine and is researching the effectiveness of these. Some of this research will surely leak into his Space Day stand.

The Black Knights West Midlands Hobby Rocket Flying Club is based near Stratford upon Avon. If you have ever wanted to fly a rocket this is the stand to visit.

Dr Chris Baddiley
I will show pictures of my computer controlled telescopes and Observatory at Mathon, and the high-quality astronomical images I have taken. Maybe parts of my universe in four dimensions presentation with inter-stellar relativistic travel simulation – Moving about the universe etc.

I will also present my light pollution monitoring of the Malvern Hills AONB, which is now continuous with seven years of data, showing the changes with weather and LED lighting etc. That would be on behalf the British astronomical Association commission for dark skies. For which I am scientific adviser.

I will also advertise my University of the third age astronomy and astrophysics course. Now in its fifth year of repeats.

Midlands Spaceflight Society
Midlands Spaceflight Society (MSS) is a group of space flight enthusiasts predominantly based in the West Midlands (UK). MSS distributes news and information on space exploration projects from around the World. This is achieved through its newsletter CapCom, which is published 6 times per year, and through its Facebook Page:

Carmen Capuano
With diverse books such as Ascension [Uncial Press] and Split Decision [P’kaboo Publishers] under her belt, as well as her self-published science fiction series, The Owners, Capuano is an author for all tastes.
Cross-genre as well as multifaceted, the audience for her books is wide ranging and as diverse as the books themselves. “I’ve never thought of myself as appealing to only one type of person,” she says. “After all, aren’t we all multidimensional in both our emotions and our actions?”
Lovers of realism and contemporary novels will enjoy Split Decision, which focuses on the choice a young girl on the cusp of womanhood has to make. Reminiscent of Sliding Doors, the book explores the concept of the division of time from a key event, in this case, the choice Natalie has to make. Will she make the right choice?
And fans of dystopian science fiction such as The Hunger Games, are in for a treat with Ascension, and The Owners series, which both follow the plight of a society as its accepted evils are revealed.
Capuano will have a selection of autographed books available for purchase on the day.
More information on the author and her books can be found on carmen capuano author<>

Spaceflight UK – Jerry Stone
Jerry Stone has been fascinated with space since childhood, and grew up watching the Moon landings. He has given presentations about space for almost 50 years, starting whilst he was still at school back in 1969. He also presents space workshops in schools, arriving with a car loaded with goodies such as a set of inflatable planets and a rocket launcher. He inspires and excites pupils as they make and launch rockets, make space landers and desktop volcanoes. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the first men on the Moon – which makes it an excellent time to book him to spend a day at your school.
Jerry will be helping Space Day visitors to make and launch rockets!
Jerry has spoken at venues all over the UK and abroad, including the British Science Festival, The Farnborough Air Show, The Edinburgh Festival (where he launched a rocket), the Royal Institution and the Palace of Westminster! He gave a presentation for BBC Wales for Stargazing Live.
He is often on TV and radio; particularly on Sky News when they have a space story to cover. 
He is currently leading a project at the British Interplanetary Society to update the space colony studies from the 1970s.
He is the author of a book about space exploration called “One Small Step”, and copies will be available, priced £15, which he will be happy to sign.
Visit for details of his workshops and other space activities.

Bromsgrove and Droitwich Makerspace
BDMakerspace are campaigning to set up a Makerspace in Worcestershire around the Bromsgrove and Droitwich area. They’ll be at Space Day to talk about the Maker movement and to get people excited about the potential for a community workshop in the area. Makerspaces inspire STEM subjects in the young, as well as acting as a “knowledge exchange”, sharing traditional craft skills and new technology with everyone. They hope that raising awareness of the campaign will inspire visitors to get involved and make the dream a reality!

Mat Irvine FBIS 
Having spent a nearly quarter of as century as a special effects designer within the BBC Visual effects Department, Mat Irvine is probably most associated with working on such series as Doctor Who and Blake’s 7. However because of a lift-time interest in astronomy and space travel, he often got to work on more factual scientific series such as Tomorrow’s World, Horizon and The Sky at Night and, in recent years, Stargazing Live. Because model-making was a long-time interest, and having written several books on the subject and numerous magazine articles, he also built up a collection of spacecraft models, many of which also found there way into programmes. Some of these will be on display at Space Day 2018.
Plus and because science fiction and science fact often intermingle, there will be a selection of SF spaceships also on display, and maybe even a famous robotic dog…

UKSEDS – UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
UKSEDS is the UK’s national student space society. We run space projects, host conferences, workshops, and careers events, and do outreach all over the country.

I4IS Initiative for Interstellar Studies
The Initiative for Interstellar Studies ( is an organisation based in the UK but with a worldwide presence. We are working towards the achievement of interstellar flight through research, development, education, outreach and advocacy.
The Initiative for Interstellar Studies team includes world authorities on interstellar science and engineering, has pioneered studies in propulsion and other technologies and is contributing to Breakthrough Starshot, a $100 million project to send nano-probes to the nearest stars. Kelvin Long of i4is serves on the Advisory Committee of Breakthrough Starshot and the i4is team contributed an early study, Project Andromeda, to Starshot. Other Starshot participants include the late and much-lamented Stephen Hawking FRS, Mark Zuckerberg, Freeman Dyson FRS and Martin Rees FRS, the Astronomer Royal. Professor Dyson is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. 
Schools outreach is an important part of our work and we have presented and led events at many UK schools over the past four years. Our i4is Education Director, Rob Swinney, oversees this work and our work with universities, notably the International Space University, Strasbourg. John Davies coordinates our work in schools. Our team are all registered or pending STEM Ambassadors. Contact us via [email protected]
The website is your Gateway to Interstellar Studies. If you are interested in travel to world’s beyond our own, to other star systems, and the discovery of new knowledge and life then it is the place to go!

Worcester Astronomical Society

Worcester A.S. was founded in 1984 by a group of local amateur astronomers to promote astronomy and share our enjoyment of this unique and wonderful science. A registered charity and a member society of the Federation of Astronomical Societies, Worcester A.S. hold regular meetings throughout the year, with many special events including observing evenings, visits to places of astronomical interest and other societies and participation in national public events like Science Week and National Astronomy Week.

All are welcome as members of the Society. If you would like to join us, just take a look at our activities on our web site and come along to any of our meetings.

Roxel (UK Rocket Motors) Ltd

Roxel, based at Summerfield in Kidderminster, designs and manufactures a range of solid propellant rocket motors. The company was formed in 2003 as an Anglo French joint venture consisting of Royal Ordnance and Celerg. It is currently owned by MBDA and Safran.

In addition to design and manufacture the company carries out research and development on various subjects including: novel methods of propellant manufacture; bonding processes; thrust control and the use of composite materials in rocket motors.

To help develop and sustain skills for the future there is currently a programme of graduate and apprentice recruitment.

European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

PLEASE NOTE – Although not exhibiting this year ESA have provided prizes for the competition and other items to give to attendees.

Jackie E. Burns – Space Artist

Jackie E. Burns is an artist, specialising in aerospace hardware, alien landscapes, and astronomical vistas. Working in acrylics on canvas, graphite, digital art, glass and metal clays.

Jackie is a member of the British Interplanetary Society, and is a Fellowship and past European Vice President of The International Association of Astronomical Artists.

Jackie will be exhibiting a range of her original artwork, prints, cards, and space themed jewellery.

Nicholas Hill – Author of – A Vertical Empire & An Atomic Empire

Nicholas Hill writes technical histories, and the first of these was A Vertical Empire, which was a history of the abortive British rocketry programme of the 1950s and 60s. It covered such projects as Blue Steel, Blue Streak, Black Knight and Black Arrow.

This was followed by An Atomic Empire, which was a description of the British atomic power programme. It covered such topics as Windscale, Calder Hall, the Magnox reactors and the Advanced Gas Cooled reactors.

Skybolt – At Arm’s Length is due to be published shortly. It is the history of the Skybolt missile programme from the British point of view.

Currently, he is working on A Cruising Guide to Germany and Denmark, which is a pilot book for yachtsmen.

His websites can be found at


The United Kingdom Rocketry Association (UKRA)

The United Kingdom Rocketry Association (UKRA) promotes and represents high power, medium power and model rocketry in the United Kingdom for amateur research, educational and recreational purposes. UKRA is also the specialist technical body to the BMFA with responsibilities for High Power Rocketry.

RAF Fylindales

RAF Fylingdales is a joint enterprise between the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK), first declared operational on 17 September 1963.  While the US Air Force provides the radar equipment and manages major upgrades, the UK is responsible for operation, routine maintenance and life support for the radar and the overall station. The original ‘golf ball’ radars were replaced with the current ‘sand castle’ Solid State Phased Array Radar (SSPAR) in 1992 and further upgraded to the Upgraded Early Warning Radar (UEWR) status in 2008, becoming an operational element of the US Missile Defence System in 2011. One of 5 Ballistic Missile Early Warning radars, Site III RAF Fylingdales is the only 3-faced radar providing 360° coverage.  RAF Fylingdales is located on the A169 mid way between Pickering and Whitby amidst 2000 acres of moorland within the North York Moors National Park.  The ‘sand castle’ is an iconic landmark well known in the local area as were the older ‘golf ball’ radars.

RAF Fylingdales’ primary mission is missile warning; a strategically important 24/7 365 task for which information is passed to UK and US Governments through the UK Space Operations Coordination Centre and Head Quarters Northern Region Air Defence respectively. RAF Fylingdales’ secondary mission is space surveillance, routinely tracking about 60% of the detectable debris out to low earth orbit and contributing to the US Space Surveillance Network. This information is also passed to the UK Space Operations Coordination Centre as well as data which contributes to the satellite warning service, over flight and re-entry roles delivered to the Ministry of Defence and UK forces deployed world wide.

RAF Fylingdales has a unique mix of staff with only about a quarter of the staff Royal Air Force.  We also have Ministry of Defence Civil Servants, Police and Guard Service, Defence Fire and Rescue staffs.  Additionally, the Station has enjoyed longstanding integrated contractor support through Serco established since 1988[1] and Turners Power since 1999 with Carillion providing infrastructure support since 2006 and Sodexo delivering catering and cleaning services since 2009.

We are very proud of our special part of the ‘special relationship’ and the significant achievements of the last 50 years. Ground breaking throughout our history we have pioneered the close integration of contractors into operations from the start. We have also been heavily involved in development of space surveillance, tracking debris and predicting potential conjunctions, to prevent collisions with satellites which are essential to every aspect of modern life.  We are also exceptionally proud of the support we receive from the local community and the work we have conducted on wildlife support and conservation in partnership with the North York Moors Park Authority, the Forestry Commission and a range of other organisations to ensure our stewardship of our part of the Moors.

[1] Serco was formed at Fylingdales as a management buyout of previous Radio Corporation of America staff.

Worcester STEM

Referenced on the ESA website as the Space STEM Ambassadors!

The hub is based at the University of Worcester and is one of 19 STEM Ambassador Hubs working with over 30,000 STEM Ambassador volunteers across the UK.

The West Midlands hub currently has over 2,300 approved ambassadors working or studying in a range of disciplines in Science Technology Engineering or Maths. The hub offers a range of support, opportunities and local expertise. We develop links between groups and individuals working to enhance young people’s STEM education and support their progression in to further and higher education, apprenticeships and careers in STEM.

Whether you are a teacher, group leader, STEM Ambassador or employer, the local STEM Ambassador Hub is available to support you with anything related to the STEM Ambassador programme.

Who are STEM Ambassadors?

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, including engineers, designers, architects, scientists and technicians. They help bring a new and inspiring perspective to STEM activities and lessons. Our aim is to ensure that teachers, schools, and colleges, youth and community groups etc… are able to access STEM Ambassador support to inspire and engage young people with STEM subjects.

What do they do?

STEM ambassadors volunteer their time, enthusiasm and experiences to encourage and inspire young people to progress further in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Through a range of activities, including practical workshops, presentations, mentoring and careers talks, STEM Ambassadors play an essential role in inspiring the next generation with the world of STEM subjects and careers. Their support isn’t just limited to the classroom – you can invite a STEM Ambassador into your STEM Club, employer, or youth and community group.

Ideas and Inspiration for youth and community groups

STEM Ambassadors have a positive impact on young people’s engagement, interest and enjoyment of STEM subjects. They bring a fresh and inspiring perspective to STEM subjects and careers. By working with STEM Ambassadors, you can play a pivotal role in inspiring young people of all ages.

We work with a range of companies and organisations including Scouts, Guides and the Prince’s Trust to ensure that all young people receive the best possible STEM education and are aware of the exciting opportunities that the world of STEM has to offer.

To find out how to start working with STEM ambassadors, discuss ideas with others and find a STEM Ambassador that best suits your requirements please get in touch with the team at [email protected] or call us on 01905 855039

Westcott Business Incubation Centre

The Westcott Business Incubation Centre (BIC) is located on the Westcott Venture Park, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Our mission is to encourage the development of new companies working in the strategic growth areas of rocket propulsion, 5G communications, drones and other autonomous systems.

Westcott is already home to a thriving nucleus of space companies. The Westcott BIC will work together with existing expertise on the site and other planned investments, including the UK Space Agency’s National Propulsion Test Centre, Reaction Engines’ rocket engine test facility, the Westcott 5G Step-out Centre and the Westcott Innovation Centre.

The Westcott BIC is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and developed by the Satellite Applications Catapult, Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP).

Worcester IMechE

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is an independent professional association and learned society headquartered in London, United Kingdom, that represents mechanical engineers and the engineering profession. With over 120,000 members in 140 countries, working across industries such as railways, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, energy, biomedical and construction, the Institution is licensed by the Engineering Council to assess candidates for inclusion on its Register of Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians. The Institution was founded at the Queen’s Hotel, Birmingham, by George Stephenson in 1847. It received a Royal Charter in 1930. The Institution’s headquarters, purpose-built for the Institution in 1899, is situated at No. 1 Birdcage Walk in central London.

Lightspeed Crafts

At Lightspeed Crafts we are passionate about space and science. Much of my art is inspired by fiction and non-fiction. From the very beginning, I have been influenced by the beauty of space. Lightspeed Crafts started when I was asked to paint a table inspired by the Battle of Endor in Star Wars. This evolved into painting plaques with quotes and original fabric and wood canvas art and art prints.

Liverpool John Moores University – Astrophysics Research Institute

The Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

is one of the world’s leading authorities in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

The work of the ARI encompasses a comprehensive programme of observational and theoretical research, telescope operation and instrument development, academic learning and outreach activities. In 2015 the ARI rejoined the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at LJMU.

Research interests of the ARI include studies in Star Formation and Stellar Populations, Time Domain Astrophysics (particularly explosive transients), Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Computational Galaxy Formation, andAstronomical Instrumentation. We have formal partnerships with several major international projects including LIGO/VIRGO, CTA, Euclid, DiRAC, WEAVE, and the LSST.

PLEASE NOTE – Although not exhibiting this year the Astrophysics Research Institute have provided prizes for the competition and other items to give to attendees.

Dark Skies Jewellery

Early in 2014 Dianne was approached by Northumberland Tourism and asked if she would be interested in designing a range of products based on a Dark Skies theme. A large area of the county had recently been awarded a Gold Star Dark Sky status by the International Dark Skies Association, and to encourage the preservation of our magical star filled night skies and to promote the area to stargazing tourists, the artist has designed this range of jewellery using stunning images of space.

Each piece of jewellery show Nebulas, Star Clusters, Planets or Galaxies, details of which are described on a small photographic gift card or on the reverse of a greetings card. NASA web details are included to encourage people to take a look for themselves; the intention being to inspire and to give people a glimpse into the wonders of the Universe.

Books on the Hill

The bookshop is still young, just under three-year-old and is the brainchild of avid readers, Dr. Alistair Sims and his partner, Chloe Smirk. Alistair, who has a doctorate in archaeology, had difficulty reading until he was 13. Since his introduction to the written word (more years ago than he’d like to count), he has fallen in love with books. His partner Chloe Smirk was a prodigious reader aged 8 and her love of books hasn’t waned. Both have dreamed and joked about opening a bookshop as long as they can remember.

Although starting out as a general bookshop, Alistair and Chloe couldn’t stop their passion from spilling over. They now specialise in Fantasy, Sci-Fi and small Indie Press publishers of the genre online. And of course, considering Alistair’s obsessions — loose leaf Tea and Dyslexic friendly books.

We wanted to work with the Indie Press publishers, such as Grimbold and PS Publishing in the Fantasy and Sci-Fi genre because there are some talented authors with great books. Coupled with our tea. Perfect combination. Our customers have really enjoyed our tea tasting events, where they depart with a pack of loose-leaf tea and a good book. In their spare time (or a sneaky teabreak) you can find Alistair reading an epic fantasy and drinking a cup of tea (loose leaf obviously!). While Chloe drinks a coffee while reading anything based on a fairy-tale.

Stuart Eves – Space Traffic Control

The next decade will see a significant increase in the use of space for commercial purposes; including both manned spaceplanes and satellite mega-constellations.  This novel activity in orbit, and at high altitudes in the Earth’s atmosphere, creates the need for Space Traffic Control.

By direct analogy with Air Traffic Control, this would consist of a set of technical regulations and operational procedures designed to ensure the safe operation of space systems.

The talk will highlight some of the measures that will be needed to improve the surveillance of the space domain to the point where Space Traffic Control can be effective, and will touch on the hazards posed by space weather. It will also address the need to manage the existing population of space debris, which imperils the space systems on which we all rely today, and if not controlled, will increasingly endanger future satellites and astronauts.

Dr Stuart Eves is Lead Mission Concepts Engineer for Surrey Satellite Technology Limited. He has worked in the space industry since 2004, following a 16-year career with the UK MOD.

Stuart has worked on a variety of satellite missions, including Skynet 4, Skynet 5, and TDS-1. The highlight of Stuart’s career to date was the initiation of the TopSat imaging satellite programme, which established a new world record for “resolution per mass of satellite”, and was the subject of a display in the Science Museum in London.

He has been writing on the subject of space security for several years, and is currently the industry chair of the Space Information Exchange (SPIE) forum. He has also recently completed a book entitled Space Traffic Control.

Stuart has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in constellation design, and has been a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society for more than 25 years

Vix Southgate – Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka

Meet Belka and Strelka, the two dogs who changed the face of space history and became international celebrities in the process!

In 1960, two stray dogs were plucked from the streets of Moscow to become space pioneers.

This quirky and delightful picture book tells the incredible true story of these heroic strays. Selected from a number of potential canine cosmonauts, Belka and Strelka are put through their paces on the ground, as they practice rocket simulations and wearing spacesuits, before being launched into outer space as the first ever living creatures to successfully orbit the Earth.

Miraculously, the dogs survive the mission and upon their return embark on a tour of the USSR, clad in their carefully tailored jumpsuits – one red, one green – becoming international celebrities in the process. As for their legacy, less than a year after their safe return the Soviet space programme felt confident enough to send the first human into space.

Vix is a UK-based author and illustrator of children’s books, specialising in imparting factual information in a fun and innovative format.

Vix is developing space and science-related books and educational resources, which are based around her CASSiE (Cosmic Ambassador for Space Science and Engineering) character, which was developed with NASA in order to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to a younger audience.

Vix researches and writes on many different subjects but specialises in Space Exploration and Science Fact to engage with very young children.

Vix also works as a communication specialist, facilitator, and coordinator, and is the European Manager for NASA Apollo Astronaut, Col. Al Worden.

Paul Arvidson Author of the Dark Trilogy

Paul Arvidson is a forty-something ex lighting designer now SFF author who lives in rural Somerset, UK. He spends his non-author time bringing up his children, fighting against being sucked in to his wife’s chicken breeding business and preventing Morris the Dachshund contributing to his typing. His SFF works form the Dark Trilogy. Dark is the first book in the trilogy and came out in 2017. The sequel Darker came out in 2018 the series will be completed by Darkest in 2019.

Welcome to Dark

IN THE STRANGE labyrinth of pipes on the planet called Dark, things are falling apart. Dun doesn’t want to be a hero, he just wants to find an answer to the terrifying dreams he’s been having. But the answers, the real answers, are going to take him places he’s never imagined and tear him from the only home he’s ever known.

With a half-finished map from his missing father, an old friend, a new friend and the mysterious Myrch to guide him, he journeys through parts of his world he’s never imagined. Are his dreams real foretellings? Who can he trust to be who they say there are? What are the strange forces that seem to be literally pulling their world apart? As he travels through a world that is much bigger than he thought it was, what he won’t know will kill him. And everyone he knows.

“…Pacy, mysterious and exciting…” Blackheartdarkink 5*

“…A good, good read…” Lanymor 5*

“…I really do love this book…” Henry 5*

“…Brilliant – Extremely original…” F.D. Lee 5*

Philip Mills – International Plastic Modelling Society Spaceflight Special Interest Group Model Display.

Featuring models from the History of Spaceflight from the earliest days to the present including SpaceX Falcon Heavy.

David Hardy – Space Artist

David A. Hardy, FBIS, FIAAA is the longest-established astronomical (space) artist on Planet Earth, having been first published in 1952!

He also joined the BIS in that year at the age of 16, and is now a Lifetime Fellow. He first illustrated a book for Patrick Moore in 1954, and has gone on to illustrate or supply cover artwork for dozens of books, and has also worked for TV and movies. As well as collaborating with Moore and other writers he has written and illustrated abut ten of his own books, and a novel, ‘Aurora: A Child of Two Worlds’.

Originally painting in oils and acrylics (which he still does), in 1990 he began to work digitally, and all of his work for publishers is now done on a Mac. His website is at, and he can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Please Note David is unable to attend but has kindly arranged to have some of his artwork displayed digitally


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