From Satellites to Space Tourism Project (Kelvin Lecture & Din)

Venue: The IET, Savoy Place

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Mar 13, 2008 End Date/Time: Mar 13, 2008
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Flying in air then going into space to explore what is unreachable to most humans has been a long lasting dream of humanity. The dream of flying is already available to everybody. Space exploration started just 50 years ago with Gagarin, followed by the moon exploration and then regular orbital flight of astronauts to MIR and the International Space Station. However the dream of going in orbit is not really accessible today to non professional astronauts. Following Space Ship1’s flight to 100 km altitude, market analysis has revealed that a significant part of the wealthy population is interested in the sub-orbital flight to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and the view of earth from space.

This presentation will give an overview of the logical link between Astrium’s space activities and Space Tourism and present the corresponding craft.

Robert Lainé, Chief Technical Officer, EADS SPACE

Robert Lainé has recently been appointed EADS SPACE's new CTO (Chief Technical Officer).

The CTO, reporting directly to CEO François Auque, is at the heart of organisation developments. As CTO, Mr Lainé will develop synergies between the Satellites and Space Transportation branches as well as R&D strategy at EADS SPACE level. He has therefore an essential role in preparing the company for the future.

Mr Lainé, of French nationality, has been in the space business since 1970. He has held a variety of senior positions in technical and programme management within industry and at the European Space Agency (ESA), where he led scientific exploration programmes such as the Giotto comet probe and the XMM-Newton space telescope, and spaceflight projects, notably the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) programme for the European cargo vessel that will serve the ISS. Recently, as head of ESA's Launcher Division, he has been a key player in the Ariane 5 return-to-flight programme.

Robert Lainé holds a degree in engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieur d'Electricité Appliquée, Paris.


Additional Information

HISTORY OF THE KELVIN LECTURE The Kelvin Lecture was founded in 1908 as a memorial to William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824 – 1907), former President and Honorary Member of the IEE and is delivered to describe new advances in the realms of science. Born in Belfast, Lord Kelvin was Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow (1846–99). He is particularly remembered for his work on heat and electricity, including introducing the Kelvin Temperature Scale, a temperature scale having an absolute zero below which temperatures do not exist. The importance of the discoveries and improvements that he made in connection with the transmission of messages by submarine cables led to his establishment as a leading authority in this field. He also discovered the Thomson effect in thermoelectricity: that if a temperature difference exists between any two points of a current-carrying conductor, heat is either evolved or absorbed depending upon the material. In addition, Kelvin invented the reflecting galvanometer and the siphon recorder, an instrument by which telegraphic messages are recorded in ink fed from a siphon. The first Kelvin Lecture was given by past President Silvanus P Thompson (who also later had a lecture series established in his name) on 30 April 1908, on The Life and Work of Lord Kelvin. 2008 marks the 99th in the series.