17th Reinventing Space ConferenceICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall, Lanyon Place, Belfast, UK
The 17th Reinventing Space Conference and Exhibition will be held between Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 November 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference and exhibition is organised by the British Interplanetary Society.
RISpace brings together industry, agency, government, financiers, academia and end users.
The increasing pace of commercialisation is expected to lead to major new applications in Earth orbit over the next decade. These will include mega-constellations for communications and for active and passive remote sensing in both the optical and RF domains.
In the next ten years we also expect to see the start of sustainable operations in space; in-situ resource utilisation and on-orbit manufacturing will enable the robotic construction of much larger structures in space. This will open up new capabilities for space science, and for manned exploration of the Solar System, exploiting the increasing availability of cheap launch services.
In 2018, we presented a record number of papers – 45 oral papers alone. There were additionally three panels and eight keynote speeches. We look forward to an enhanced conference in 2019.
Suggested paper categories for 2019 include:
Near Earth Activities Papers are invited on the new services and commercial opportunities that are under development for our Near Earth Environment. From mega-constellations that will deliver global high-speed internet to on-orbit servicing and commercial debris removal missions, commercial expansion of our Near Earth Environment has great potential over the upcoming years.
Access to Space The new vehicles, technologies and operational concepts that are radically reducing the cost to reach orbit. Small launchers, reusability and commercial rideshare partnerships, all promise to open up the space frontier.
Space Situational Awareness This new session was introduced in 2018 and discusses the various issues around space debris and its mitigation.
Enabling Technologies Fundamental to a number of the new commercial opportunities are technology breakthroughs. Laser communications, cubesat propulsion, solar sails, on-board advanced data processing all promise to deliver enhance the performance of the next generation satellites.
Commercialisation and Applications As important as the technology which is driving the development of space, are the new and innovative business plans which are being adopted by new and established space companies. This session invites papers from new start-ups, companies with a bold new commercial vision and those with new market predictions/forecasts.
Beyond Earth Orbit This session explores the plans to expand beyond Earth orbit, both for exploration and exploitation of new resources. Resources from the moon, Mars and Near Earth Asteroids all have great promise for the terrestrial economy and space propulsion, but what are the stepping stones to achieve this? Prospecting missions, commercial prizes, institutional partnerships, are all of interest.