Alan Parsons Projects asked the question
Where do we go from here?
For those of you in London, that attended the Inmarsat Developer Conference last week, the closing message from SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell to Inmarsat’s Michele Franci, CTO was clear, we are going to Space, we are going to settle on Mars.
Michele Franci, CTO, Development and Engineering, is responsible for the Inmarsat space and ground infrastructure (network and access technology), and product and service development. He is also in charge of the delivery of the Global Xpress programme, bringing it to its commercial launch, including regulatory and market access programs.
As President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is responsible for day-to-day operations and for managing all customer and strategic relations to support company growth. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 70 launches, representing nearly $8 billion in revenue. Shotwell is a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors.
As seen below British astronaut Tim Peake is having his Selfie taken on his first space walk on the ISS. But has anyone started planning for how we are going to send selfies when we start going on our space holiday’s there?
The highlight was keynote speech in the morning 1st March from the Rosetta Mission. It was really interesting to get to have an informal chat to Dr Matt Taylor on what could be described as the coolest project ever to work on in and out of this world.
Matt Taylor – Rosetta Mission Scientific Support Office, European Space Agency
Matt Taylor was born in London, gained his undergraduate Physics degree at the University of Liverpool, and a PhD from Imperial College London. After post doctoral posts at Mullard Space Science Laboratory (part of UCL) and also Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA, he began his time at ESA in 2005, working as the Project Scientist for Cluster and the ESA-China Double star mission. Most recently, in 2013, he was appointed the Project Scientist on the Rosetta mission.
According to one of the sessions London is awash with venture capital right now for projects. Developers, Investors and Government sat side by side to think about new solutions & debate where to next?
It is clear one challenge faces the emerging space industry in the UK, the debate about Britain leaving the EU, the Horizon 2020 funding programs will need some navigation if UK leave the EU.
ESA confirmed that UK in or out of EU would continue on as business as usual as they work with nations such as Norway & Canada already.
Continuing with the Alan parson’s project the track Apollo samples a quote from Kennedy featured below
First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space;
The next most important project for mankind, might just be around the corner.
The establishment of 100% Safe & Secure space tourism transport, is just one of necessary things to be in place so we can one day send selfies from Mars to Earth.
How we get there, get a telecommunications network built in space and then on Mars needs the combined collaboration efforts of all countries to create and fund innovation around space projects and ideas from around the world.