Policy considerations for the continual advancement of space activity in the XXI century

Date: 20th April 2016
Start Time: 17:00 hrs
Venue: Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College, Cambridge

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We are in a golden age of space related activities. Not only do we heavily rely on space borne technologies but we are living in one of the most exciting times for space engineering and exploration. With the Rosetta mission and the Curiosity mission deemed a great success, there is more interest than ever in space engineering and exploration. In this lecture we bring together three experts from different avenues in the space arena to discuss their views on what policy considerations are needed for the continual advancement of space activity in the next century.

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Franco Ongaro

Director of Technical and Quality Management (D/TEC), and Head of ESTEC at the European Space Agency (ESA)

Franco Ongaro graduated as a Doctor of Aeronautical Engineering from the University Politecnico of Milan. In 1987 he joined ESA, working at ESA HQ in Paris on the Columbus project. In 1988, he moved to ESTEC in the Netherlands as Head of the Columbus Payload Interfaces Unit. He was shortlisted as candidate in the European astronaut selection of 1991. In 1994, Franco Ongaro moved back to HQ, to join the ESA Strategy Directorate as General Studies Programme Manager. In 2001, he initiated and managed the start of the Aurora exploration programme, where the first mission of the programme was ExoMars. In 2005, when he became head of the ESA Advanced Concepts and Technology Planning Department, issuing the first ESA Technology Long Term Plan and creating the Advanced Concepts Team. From 2007, he led the preparation and implementation of the Iris programme to develop a ‘satcom’ component for air traffic management. In 2009 he became Head of the Telecom Technologies, Products and Systems Department in the Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate at ESTEC.


Dr Alice Bunn

Director of Policy, UK Space Agency

After completing her PhD in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, Dr Alice Bunn worked as a researcher and exhibition developer at the Science Museum in London, UK. After working as both the Earth Observation Science Coordinator and Head of Earth Observation Future Missions at the Natural Environment Research Council, Dr Bunn took up the role of Assistant Director of Earth Observation at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. As the Director of Policy at the UK Space Agency, Dr Bunn works to provide policy advice on civil space activities to the Minister for Universities and Science, as well as leading on security and international communications.


Richard Peckham

UK Strategy and Business Development Director, Airbus Defence and Space Ltd

Richard is Strategy and Business Development Director for the space activities of Airbus Defence & Space in the UK having worked in the aerospace sector for the last 30 years in a range of senior engineering and management positions. In his current post, he leads business acquisition, manages the company relationship with government and leads on national strategy. Richard is a member of the UK Space Leadership Council, is a member of the UKspace trade association Executive, having previously been chairman and VP Space for the industry association ADS, a founding director of ISIC (the International Space Innovation Centre), co-founder / co-chair of the Satellite Finance Network and has served on UK Trade & Investment advisory boards. Richard holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Master’s in Business Management is a chartered engineer and member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.


Following short talks from the invited speakers there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and we invite all attendees to join us for an informal drinks reception after the seminar.

For those with particular interest in a relevant area, there will an opportunity to attend the post-seminar dinner with the speakers and CUSPE committee members.  If you wish to apply, you will be prompted in the registration form to submit a short paragraph (max. 200 words) describing your interest in Policy considerations for the continual advancement of space activity in the XXI century in relation to topic-relevant research and policy development and to include a question that you would like to ask the panel. Successful applicants will be notified during the week prior to the event.

This event is sponsored by the European Space Agency.