Human Spaceflight After the Shuttle – 19th September 2011


All are cordially invited to a free workshop at the London School of Economics, sponsored by the journal Global Policy. The event will be held on the afternoon of Monday 19 September 2011.

This event will feature a roundtable discussion with (full biographical further details below)

Thomas Reiter – (experienced astronaut and Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations at the European Space Agency)
Jonathan Amos – (award-winning BBC Science Correspondent and well-known blogger)
Alan Smith – (Professor, Head of Department and Director, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London)
Michael Potter – (documentary filmmaker, director of “Orphans of Apollo” and international technology and business expert)
Nick Spall – (freelance science writer and Fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and British Interplanetary Society)
Chair: Jill Stuart – (Fellow at the LSE and specialist in outer space politics)


12:00-13:15 – Screening of the documentary “Orphans of Apollo“, followed by questions with the director, Michael Potter.
13:15 – Coffee
13:30-15:30 – Roundtable and discussion: “Human Spaceflight After the Shuttle”.
Speakers: Thomas Reiter, Jonathan Amos, Alan Smith, Michael Potter, Nick Spall, Chair: Jill Stuart

Attendance is free, but please RSVP to [email protected].

Full bibliographic details of speakers:

Thomas Reiter, Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations at the European Space Agency

Thomas Reiter holds the European record of 350 days in space – the most experienced non-American or non-Russian astronaut by time. In 2007, after his active astronaut career, he became a member of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) responsible for Space Research and Technology. In April 2011, he became Director of ESA’s new Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations (D/HSO), responsible for managing Europe’s contribution to the International Space Station, ESA’s human spaceflight activities, the operations of ESA’s missions and management of the corresponding ground segments.

Jonathan Amos, BBC Science Correspondent

Jonathan has been a science specialist with the BBC since 1994. He was part of the team that set up the BBC News website in 1997. His online science reporting has won major awards in Britain. Jonathan is perhaps best known for his European space coverage.

Professor Alan Smith, Head of Department and Director, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London

Professor Alan Smith has a background in Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Space Research and Systems Engineering. He has been involved in sounding rocket and satellite programmes since 1973, 8 of which were spent at the European Space Agency. Since joining UCL in 1990 he has become: Associate Director of Programmes and Head of Detector Physics at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (the largest University based space research organisation in the UK); Director of UCL’s Centre for Advanced Instrumentation Systems and Academic Coordinator of the Sira-UCL Postgraduate Training Partnership; Director of UCL’s Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse); and since 2005, Director of MSSL and Head of its host Department, the Department of Space and Climate Physics. Professor Smith is vice-Dean Enterprise within the faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at UCL and chairs UCL’s BEAMS school Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise Board. Professor Smith is a Fellow of the Association of Project Management.

Professor Smith has had direct involvement in a number of space missions including Exosat (ESA), BeppiSax (ASI), Salyut 7/MIR (USSR), XMM-Newton (ESA), Yohkoh (ISAS/JAXA), Hinode (ISAS/JAXA), Integral (ESA), GOES (NASA).

A continuing theme is Professor Smith’s career has been the furtherance of all issues associated with the development and function of complex, novel instrumentation systems.

Recently Professor Smith has been engaged in the creation of UCL’s Centre for Space Medicine which is hosted by MSSL.

Michael Potter, Documentary Filmmaker and international technology and business expert

First time documentary filmmaker Michael Potter, who is one degree of separation from most of the key players in the remarkable and historic epic, “Orphans of Apollo” is an expert on international technology and business.

Potter has published extensively on technology policy issues. He worked together with key figure in “Orphans of Apollo” Walt Anderson in creating a publicly traded pan-European telecommunications company. Potter previously worked on the 13 part WGBH Series, “War & Peace in the Nuclear Age.” He is a graduate of the London School of Economics.  Potter is part of the first Google Lunar X-Prize team Odyssey Moon, and he recently returned from Kazakhstan, as part of the historic 50th anniversary launch, of the Soyuz TMA-21 “Yuri Gagarin.”

Nick Spall, freelance science writer and Fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and British Interplanetary Society

Nick is a freelance writer focussing on astronautics, aviation and the space sciences. He has written for Spaceflight, Aerospace International and Air International magazines, as well as the BBC’s Focus science magazine, the Times Eureka website and the Guardian Unlimited science pages, plus the Journal of the BIS (JBIS) and the influential Space Policy Journal. Nick has given public lectures and broadcasted as a commentator on human spaceflight for BBC TV News and Russia Today TV, BBC Radio 4, the World Service and BBC Radio 5 Live. He has travelled in the USA and Russia and interviewed both engineers and astronaut/cosmonauts of NASA, Roscosmos and ESA, together with private space participants. He has taken part in two zero-g experiment parabola flight campaigns on the “ZERO-G” A-300 aircraft flying from Bordeaux with ESA.


Chair: Dr Jill Stuart, Fellow in Global Politics, London School of Economics

Jill is a specialist in the politics, law and theory of outer space exploration and exploitation. She writes and lectures on a range of space-related topics, including sovereignty and outer space and outer space regimes. She recently authored “Carving Up Space” for LSE Connect (Summer 2011). She is also reviews editor for the journal Global Policy.


New Academic Building (NAB) 2.14, LSE
How to get to the LSE campus

And once on campus:
Finding your way around LSE

Please note: the New Academic Building has security gates–keep an eye out for someone greeting attendees who can let you in, or approach the security desk where the guards will be aware of the event and will let you through.

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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