University of Portsmouth Holds Event with UK Space Agency and NASA Speakers10th May 2022
On 26th April, the University of Portsmouth held a ‘Mission Space’ event attended by the UK Space Agency and NASA representatives. The conference, held at Village Hotel Portsmouth, aimed to connect international space industry leaders with local businesses.
Keynote Speakers from UK Space Agency & NASA
The main topics of discussion at the Mission Space event were the latest developments in space technology, as well as possibilities for further innovation and exploration. Keynote speakers included the head of space science at the UK Space Agency, Caroline Harper, and the manager at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Jeffrey Booth. The conference was chaired by a former science minister David Willetts, who is now the Chair of the UK Space Agency.
The University of Portsmouth on Mission Space
Professor Adam Amara, the director of the institute of cosmology and gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, commented on the event, stating the international space industry is booming, and the UK is getting ready to become one of the space-faring nations.
According to Amara, the event hosted by the University of Portsmouth and attended by the UK Space Agency and NASA representatives is the logical continuation of this ambition. Besides space events, the University also hosts the South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, connecting businesses in various satellite application areas, from healthcare to agriculture.
Professor Amara emphasizes that the University of Portsmouth is one of the leading centres for astronomic observation and can finally apply its theoretical knowledge to practice.
Amara reminds the audience that satellite technology, with the UK Space Agency and NASA at the forefront of its development, has long become part of our daily lives. We rely on satellites for navigation, broadcasts, and climate change analysis. The opportunities for growth are now unparalleled, which is why it is important to host events that help explore the space industry’s future. Luckily, UK Space Agency and NASA representatives are always willing to share their knowledge.