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Event Organiser: Hazards Forum

“Safety in Space: A New Frontier ?”, London

  • London
  • 19 March 2019
  • 17:30 - 20:30
“Safety in Space: A New Frontier ?”, London

About this event

This event is jointly organised by the Safety and Reliability Society and the Hazards Forum and hosted by ICE.

Over the past decade, the number and variety of organisations launching into space has significantly increased. The major driver for these activities has been a growing commercial sector, a change from the institutional dominated missions seen in the early years of the space industry. The UK has a number of companies involved in this growing space sector involved in everything from constellations, to on-orbit servicing to launch.

All these missions require a clear understanding of safety and the risk presented in orbit and on the ground. One of the areas receiving particular attention in the UK is launch. Commercial actors in the UK are now developing a range of launch options and locations for space ports to allow small satellites to be launched from the UK rather than using international launch sites. As space infrastructure continues to develop, it will continue to be at the frontier of an evolving legislative regime. This will create new challenges in terms of risk assessment and appropriate health and safety regulation.

The event will start at 1800 and finish by 1940. Registration, tea and coffee is available from 17:30. The event will conclude with a drinks reception.

The image 'Safety in Space?' is cedited to Bill Jelen on Unsplash


Joanne Wheeler MBE

Alden Advisers

Joanne is the Founder and Director of Alden Advisers, globally-recognised space and satellite firm. She is one of the leading experts in the field of satellite law, regulation and commercial contracts, having worked at both Ofcom, the European Space Agency and for over 20 years in private legal practice in this area. Joanne won the Financial Times European Legal Innovator of the Year award in 2014 for her work with the UK space industry and government. She is a founder and Co-Chair of the Satellite Finance Network and has received an MBE for her services to the space industry.

Ron Macbeth

Health and Safety Laboratory

Ron is the risk assessment technical lead at the Health and Safety Laboratory, providing expertise and support to the Health and Safety Executive and other clients in hazard and risk assessment. Ron and his team provide expert analysis in major hazard risk assessment, particularly in the area of process safety, covering failure frequencies, hazard identification and consequence modelling. In addition to their risk assessment work on UK spaceports for the UK Space Agency, he and his team have assessed risks in the utilities, rail and aviation sectors.

Andrew Ratcliffe

UK Space Agency

Andrew is the Head of Launch Systems within the Chief Engineers Team at the UK Space Agency. Andrew and his team have been tasked with supporting the development of the regulatory framework that will allow launch to occur from the UK. In addition, Andrew provides cross-directorate support providing technical guidance on future technology development activities. Prior to joining the UK Space Agency, Andrew worked for Airbus Defence and Space in the Earth, Navigation and Science Business Unit, leading technology developments and mission studies for the European Space Agency.

Robert Garner

UK Space Agency

Robert is a Mission Analyst at the UK Space Agency, and a postgraduate researcher in the field of environmental impact of future supersonic and hypersonic vehicles. He is the holder of an Arthur C. Clarke award for his services to space education.

Dr Emma Taylor

Safety and Reliability Society

As Chair of the Safety and Reliability Society and STEM charity trustee, Emma collaborates with specialists worldwide to influence best practice in safety and reliability. She is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Safety and Reliability Society and the Royal Astronomical Society. Her 30 year career in engineering, spanning space, O&G and rail safety was recognised in 2018 when she was named as one of the Telegraph Top 50 Woman Engineer. Emma will chair this event with Luise Vassie, the Chair of the Hazards Forum.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Sach Sandhu

e: [email protected]