14th Appleton Space Conference
06 Aug 2018



The 14th Appleton Space Conference took place at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on Thursday 6th December 2018.




This major space conference celebrated the latest UK advancements in space science and Earth observation. The 14th annual conference gave leading figures from within the Space sector the opportunity to meet and discuss the latest developments on a range of current and future Space activities. 

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Speakers and their presentations:​

​​Keynote speech by Dr Simon Boxall, Principal Teaching Fellow within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton​ Plastics in Our Oceans - a Major Environmental Threat or Just an Embarassment?    

Welco​​me​​ by Prof Chris Mutlow, Director STFC RAL Space

Future Programme and Challenges 
Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive, UK Space Agency  ​​

Exploring the Universe: Synergies in the ESA Science Programme
Prof ​Günther Hasinger, Director of Science, ESA

Space Applications in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund  
Andy German, Lead Satellite Applications, Innovate UK

Highlights from the Cassini Spacecraft Mission to Saturn and its Moons
Prof Michele Dougherty, FRS, CBE, FRAS, Imperial College London

UK Cold Atom Sensors: A Fast Track Demonstrator
Andy Vick, Head of Disruptive Technology, STFC RAL Space; Steve Maddox, Systems Engineer, Teledyne e2v    ​   

The Skyrora Launch Programme
Richard Osborne, Programme Manager, Skyrora


A Review of the Recommendations of the COSPAR Roadmap on Small Satellites 
Dr Alan Title, Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin   

Sun, Space and Art: Reaching Out to Schools
Dr Helen Masosn, OBE, University of Cambridge

Space Environment and Microgravity Science in the UK
Libby Jackson, Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager, UK Space Agency

Sample Return
Dr Rain Irshad, Autonomous Systems Group Leader, STFC RAL Space

Pioneering High-Frequency Commercial Lunar Missions
Jamie Denniston, Lead Spacecraft System Engineer, ispace Inc

Mission to Mercury
Prof Emma Bunce, Professor of Planetary Plasma Physics, University of Leicester

Millimetre-Wave Technologies for Future Radio Astronomy Observatories
Prof Danielle George, MBE, FIET, Vice Dean of Teaching and Learning, University of Manchester

Ocean Colour Contributions to Meeting Sustainable Development
Dr Shubha Sathyendranath, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

Space Applications of Novel Laser Systems and Quantum Technology 
Dr Graeme Malcolm OBE, Chief Executive, M Squared Lasers Ltd

Astroscale: Developing a Comprehensive Solution for Space Debris Removal
Nobu Okada, Founder and CEO, Astroscale