Blasting into Space from the UK

Date: 25 March 2023

Time: 14:00 GMT (UK Time)

Location: Online via Zoom

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Saturday 25th March 2023 at 14:00 Hrs GMT

Blasting into Space from the UK

Robin Brand has kindly offered to present his talk first given at Space Day 2022. An introduction to current progress on launching space satellites from Britain This 40-minute illustrated presentation will introduce the current exciting progress towards launching satellites into orbit from the UK. It will provide an update on progress with all the active proposed British launch sites (Space Ports) and also the launch vehicles themselves. It will also explain what the satellites will be used for once in orbit. It will include images and video material of the launch sites and rockets, and questions will be taken afterwards.


Although an electronic engineer by profession, Robin Brand (BSc CEng MIET FBIS) 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!) His early interest was enhanced when science fiction started coming true with the advent of the first orbiting Earth satellites. Those were the days of great public interest, when the times the satellites could be seen passing overhead were published in the daily newspapers, and their data transmissions could be heard on the radio. Many years later, after his three grown-up children had left home, he was able to find the time to carry out the archival research on which his book “Britain’s First Space Rocket – the story of the Skylark” was written. He was amazed to find that this activity took over from his day job, as instead of lasting the anticipated six months, it took more than six years of research and writing! He was chair of the BIS Technical Committee from 2016 to 2020, and project leader of the very successful BIS “Nanosat Launch Vehicle Feasibility Study” Technical Project, which ran for a similar number of years. The latter included in-depth studies on access to orbit from the UK, and in 2019 he a gave a talk on the subject to members of the island council at Saxa Vord on the Shetland Island of Unst, the location of a proposed UK Space Port. This was one of numerous talks he has given on heritage and current UK space topics, both in person and online. He has presented papers at several space conferences, and has had many articles published on similar themes. He lives on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. Further information:

Meeting Timetable

  • 13:55 – The meeting is available to join
  • 14:00 – Welcome
  • 14:05 – Blasting into Space from the UK by Robin Brand
  • 14:45 ish – Questions and Answers (we enable everyone’s microphone to allow an interactive Q& A session)

Please note this is an ONLINE ONLY  meeting – Hosted on Zoom, by the BIS West Midlands Branch

Joining Instructions:

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