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Reinventing Space is the largest global conference and exhibition for one of the space industry’s fastest growing sectors. Over its 82-year history, the British Interplanetary Society has acted as a forum for new and innovative ideas and developments in astronautics, low-cost access and utilization of space. These conference proceedings reflect the work done at the 13th Reinventing Space Conference, the second biggest space event in the UK during 2015.

The global economic climate is creating demand to reduce expenditure, leading to new challenges and opportunities in the world’s space industry. The need to create more responsive systems and launchers that are capable of delivering to space quickly, cheaply and reliably has never been more vital. This collection from RIspace brings together industry, agency, government, financiers, academia and end users. It focuses on the commercialization of space and addresses a range of topics including low-cost launch opportunities, the rebirth of constellations, beyond LEO activities and novel technologies. These papers encourage and promote forward-thinking ideas and concepts for the future exploration and utilization of space.

The proceedings address:

• New ways of doing business in space – how do we make money on affordable and responsive space missions?

• Tactical space systems – how do we best serve the needs of defense missions; civilian

missions; the needs of emergency responders?

• Interplanetary missions – can we use new technology to explore the Solar System at dramatically lower cost?

• What are the methods, processes, and technologies that we can use to make major reductions in the cost of space missions?

• New application areas for low-cost space systems – which ones can take advantage of newer, much lower-cost systems?

• How do we educate and motivate the coming generation, without whom there won’t be a space industry?

Table of Contents


2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Exploring our Solar System with cubesats and nanosats

Anthony Freeman, Charles Norton

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

CubeSat-Scale High-Speed Laser Downlinks

Richard Welle, Siegfried Janson, Darren Rowen, Todd Rose

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

The World’s First Commercial SAR and Optical 16-Satellite Constellation

Amar Vora, Liam Sills, Andrew Cawthorne, Caroline Slim, Rachel Bird, George Tyc, Wade Larson

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Resource Prospector (RP): A Cost-Effective Lunar Resource Pathfinder

D. Andrews

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Firefly – A New Generation of Low Cost, Small Satellite Launch Vehicles Designed to Serve the Rapidly Growing Small Satellite Market

Tom Markusic, Shey Sabripour, PJ King, Andy Bradford

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

HeL1oNano: The first CubeSat to L1?

Jonathan Eastwood, John Bellardo

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Innovative Small Launcher

A. J. P. van Kleef, B. A. Oving, C. J. Verberne, B. Haemmerli, M. Kuhn, I. Müller, I. Petkov

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

The Google Lunar XPRIZE – Past, Present and Future

Andrew Barton, Nathan Wong, Derek Webber

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

SEAHAWK: A nanosatellite mission for sustained ocean observation

Hazel Jeffrey, Hessel Gorter, Alasdair Gow, Craig Clark, Alan Holmes, Craig Herrin, Linda Sasaki, John Morrison

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Cost Disruptive Reflector Surface for Large Deployable Antennas

Mike Lawton, Juan R Reveles, Zhong You, Ashley Dove-Jay, Amjad Khan, Vincent Fraux

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

An analytical, low-cost deployment strategy for satellite constellations

Ciara McGrath, Emma Kerr, Malcolm Macdonald

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

A New Era in Space Flight: The COTS Model of Commercial Partnerships at NASA

Dennis Stone

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

IODISPLay: Capturing European needs and capabilities for in-orbit demonstration of space technologies

Giovanni Binet, Gabriele Novelli, Celestino Gomez Cid, Marco Bolchi

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Optimal (not opportunity) orbits for rideshare payloads

Chris Pearson, Marissa Stender, Chris Loghry, Joe Maly

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Gateway Earth - Low Cost Access to Interplanetary Space

Derek Webber

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

New superlight class of Launch Vehicles from Yuzhnoye

Olexander Degtyarev, Mykola Lytvyn, Oleh Ventskovsky

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Small Satellite Launch Vehicle from a Balloon Platform

Kieran Hayward, Jose Mariano Lopez Urdiales

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Reinventing constellations: the effectiveness of rideshare approaches for constellation deployment

Joseph W. Gangestad, James R. Wilson, Kristin L. Gates, John V. Langer

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

MicroLaunch: The Electric Rocket

A. Bacon

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Design Criteria of Remote Sensing Constellations of Small Satellites with Low Power Electric Propulsion and Distributed Payloads

Salvo Marcuccio, Stefan Gregucci, Pierpaolo Pergola

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Feasibility study of LTA launch system for micro and smaller satellites

Andrea Testore

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Could reusable air-launch break the space access paradigm?

David J. Salt

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

First Steps Towards the Kingston Space Shot

Adam M Baker, Malcolm Claus

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Enabling Solutions for Small Satellite Space Access

Andreas Jonsson, Magnus Engström

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Development of Low Cost Propulsion Systems for Launch and InSpace Applications

Peter H. Weuta

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Electromagnetic Launch to Space

Ian R. McNab, Timothy R. Wolfe

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

The Prospect for Orbital Airliners

Scott Hatton

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Dynamically Supported Launch Infrastructure

John Kanpman

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Fostering technology innovation in space through national activities: The swiss example

Grégoire Bourban, Volker Gass, Johann Richard
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