Space Traffic Control Evening Lecture

Tuesday, March 13 2018. 7.00 to 8.30pm
British Interplanetary Society, London SW8 1SZ

The next decade will see a significant increase in the use of space for commercial purposes; including both manned space planes 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.


About Stuart Eves

Stuart Eves PhD, FRAS, FBIS
Mission Concepts
Surrey Satellite Technology Limited

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.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.

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


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