Wednesday 4 May, 1900 BST (7:00pm)
VENUE: BIS London and Crowdcast
With the first launch of a small launch vehicle (SLV) from Space Hub Sutherland on the A’ Mhoine peninsula expected within a year, and with a current total of about 200 proposals for small launch vehicle concepts, some of whom actually have (some) funding, it is worth asking whether we are on the verge of a new golden era of space launch activity in the UK. This talk will look at the economic realities involved – how big is the market, how much does it really cost to develop an SLV, where does the money go, and what does the competition look like?
Bob Parkinson spent forty years in the Space Industry, working on rocket propulsion and doing system design and management for a variety of projects. Among other interests he has done a number of studies on the economics of different Space transportation systems including most recently on small launch vehicles. He is currently a visiting professor at Cranfield University where he lectures on Space Propulsion and System Engineering.