For the first time in 30 years, the UK Government policy supports the human exploration of space. On 1 December the Royal Aeronautical Society hosts a conference to explore the implications of this decision, in the run-up to ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s flight.
Sessions will cover perspectives from both the human space flight and aerospace medicine communities. ESA astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy will participate, together with UK Government officials and representatives from industry, research and academia.
The conference is dominated by the impending launch of Tim Peake to the International Space Station as the first British ESA Astronaut. His six-month mission, Principia, includes a variety of scientific and technological experiments and activities designed to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The UK Space Agency will explain its new strategy, while the Society’s Space Specialist Group is preparing a discussion paper in response for presentation at the conference. In addition, the Society’s Aerospace Medicine Specialist Group will discuss key issues from their perspective.