Affordable Space Challenge Workshop, October 2014

The CEOI-ST held a Challenge Workshop on “Affordable Space” on Thursday 16th October in Bristol.  The workshop explored the technology needs and cost drivers for EO missions in the context of recognising the range of ESA and national missions that can be enabled by reducing cost.

Presentations from the Workshop are available now


Introduction and aims for the day

                       Paul Monks and Mick Johnson, CEOI-ST

What makes an ESA mission relatively or apparently expensive and how can this be reduced?

                        Phil Windred – Head of Future Missions in ENS (EO, Nav and Science), Airbus, Defence and space

The NSF Cubesat program a model for the UK?

                        Jolyon Reburn – Deputy Head EOASD RAL Space

Using COTs components to reduce mission costs – facts, myths, advantages and pitfalls

                        Andy Bradford – Director of Special Projects, SSTL

Affordable space a perspective from Defence Sphere

                        Harjinder S Jolly, Space Lead, DSTL

5 minute technology snapshots

300 GHz Waveguides - University of Birmingham

For a range of mission types the Workshop explored what drives cost and how this can be driven down. It looked at the challenge of “what role does technology and future technology development play in making space more affordable?”

The format included scene setting talks, followed by a breakout session with working groups to identify the main issues and potential solutions.

An event report is being prepared.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 November 2014