Press Release

Reinventing Space 2014

By SpaceRef Editor
November 17, 2014
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Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 November 2014

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

Advances in technology are allowing smaller and cheaper satellites to be put into orbit – from cubesats to nanosatellites to femtosatellites, offering huge new business opportunities to both traditional and non-traditional business partners. 

As an industry we are on the cusp of a new and exciting era with commercial companies moving into an area previously reserved for governments. This is creating a whole new, lucrative global market, and one of the key components will be the creation of responsive and reliable launch systems and spacecraft at a significantly lower cost

The 2014 Reinventing Space Conference and Exhibition offers the space industry the opportunity to address some of the key questions such as: What is the future of global cooperation? How will cuts in US government spending affect the private sector? How will the commercial launch sector evolve? Will space tourism survive? Will suborbital be a game changer? 

The event which runs from Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 November 2014 in the Royal Society will feature keynote presentations from some of the most influential people in the space industry today including: 

*Alice Bunn Director of Policy, UK Space Agency 

*Roger Longstaff Skylon project leader, Reaction Engines Ltd 

*Barry Matsumori SVP of Sales and Business Development, SpaceX 

*Franco Ongaro European Space Agency Director (D/TEC) and Head of ESTEC 

*Sir Martin Sweeting Executive Chairman, SSTL; Director, Surrey Space Centre 

*Jim Wertz President, Microcosm 

*David Willets UK Minister of State for Science and Universities 2010-2014 

*Patrick Wood SVP Engineering, Operations & Quality and Head of Electronics UK. Airbus DS

Commenting on the launch of the event, BIS President Alistaird D Scott said  “There has never been a better time to be involved in this dynamic industry and we are delighted to be able to facilitate this cross-business engagement of some of the leading players in the space arena.  We are also pleased that the exciting new project LunarMissionOne will be announced at our event on Wednesday afternoon.”

For more information 


Alistair D Scott – 0044 7774490188

Scott Hatton  – 0031 624977561

Notes to editors:

The 12th Reinventing Space Conference and Exhibition is being organised by the British Interplanetary Society (BIS). The BIS, as the world’s oldest space advocacy body, is the ideal organisation to bring RIspace to its first venue outside the United States. The society continues to encourage and promote forward thinking ideas and concepts for the future exploration and utilisation of space.

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

The venue for the 12th Reinventing Space Conference is the Royal Society, situated in St James, at the heart of London.

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Founded in the 1660s, it is the national academy of science in the United Kingdom. The Fellowship is drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine. Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin have been past Fellows; Stephen Hawking is a current Fellow.

Its official foundation date is 28 November 1660, when a group of 12 met at Gresham College after a lecture by Christopher Wren, then the Gresham Professor of Astronomy, and decided to found ‘a Colledge for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experimentall Learning’. This group included Wren himself, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, Sir Robert Moray, and William, Viscount Brouncker. In 1710, under the Presidency of Isaac Newton, the Society acquired its own premises.

The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.

A major activity of the Society is identifying and supporting the work of outstanding scientists. The Society’s share of the income from ReInventing Space 2014 goes towards this support.

The Society facilitates interaction and communication among scientists via its discussion meetings, and disseminates scientific advances through its journals. The Society also engages beyond the research community, through independent policy work, the promotion of high quality science education and communication with the public.

Carlton House was located on part of the former Royal Garden of St James’s Palace, roughly where Pall Mall and Waterloo Place now intersect. Nash’s design for the two blocks of Carlton House Terrace is based on a Roman classical style, with Corinthian columned facades overlooking the Park. The overall effect is of a sweeping “processional” accompaniment to the Mall, which links Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.

Royal Society website

Over 100 companies and organisations are represented at RIspace:

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Air Accidents Investigation Branch, Airbus DS, Antycip Simulation SAS, Avealto, Birkbeck College, British Airways, British Interplanetary Society, Canadian Space Agency, Cavendish Trust Company Limited, CGI, Clyde Space, COM DEV, Commercial Space Technologies, Cranfield University, Dnipropetrovs’k National University, DSTL, Dulles University, Economic Policy Centre, ESTACA, European Astrotech, European Space Agency, European Space Propulsion, Export Control Organiation, GEO Space Limited, HE Space, HELIAQ Advanced Engineering, IAI, Imaginals, Immediate, International Space University, JAXA, Kingston University, Laser Light Communications, Lockheed Martin, Massterra Ltd, MDA Corporation, Microcosm, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, MMU, Nammo Raufoss AS, NASA, Neptec Design Group Ltd, New Space Systems, PACE GS, Paradigm Services, Paragon Partners, Politecnico di Torino, Praxis, Printech Circuit Laboratories Ltd, QinetiQ, Quintec, Raytheon, Reaction Engines, Red Kite Enterprise, Riverside Research, Roke Manor Research Limited, RUAG Space AB, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, SA Catapult, Satrec Initiative, Scottish Space Network, Seradata, SGAC, SimComm Europe, Skybox, Sodern, Space Careers, Space Enterprise Partnerships, Space Flight Laboratory, Space Technology Consultant, Spaceport Prestwick, Spaceref, SpaceX, Springer, SSBV, SSTL, STFC, Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd, Telespazio-VEGA, Thales Alenia Space, Tohoku University, TriSept Corporation, Two Birds, UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, UK Space Agency, UKSBS, UKSEDS, University of Glasgow, University of Leicester, University of Queensland, University of Strathclyde, University of Surrey, University of Vilnius, UPC-BarcelonaTech, Viasat, Welsh Government, World Space Week, XCOR, Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Zero Gravity Solutions Ltd

Companies in bold are direct supporters


British Interplanetary Society

Clyde Space

Commercial Space Services

HE Space

International Space University


Rutherford Appleton Laboratory



Spaceport Prestwick

UK Space Agency

SpaceRef staff editor.