Seaborne launch – The Optimal Space Delivery Solution for the UK

Seaborne launch – The Optimal Space Delivery Solution for the UK Seaborne launch – The Optimal Space Delivery Solution for the UK
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The ambition of the UK Government to establish a small satellite launch capability in country is well documented and the approach to date has identified 7 potential sites for development and support, depending on demonstration of business case. All of the sites have one thing in common: they are all land-based, which creates operational limitations, owing to geographical and weather- related challenges.

The seaborne launch option (spacefleet) offers a flexible and efficient solution to allow launches to all available trajectories, with a heightened mitigation for weather and increased responsiveness. As it utilises existing or established dockside infrastructure, there is no associated impact on protected land assets, or imposed hazard to environment, population, or property.

Black Arrow will develop the Horizon Spacefleet to provide cost-effective, responsive launch services to low earth orbits in a number of trajectories, offering greater flexibility and reliability, to all small satellite customers, from the UK.

The Speaker

Paul Williams is a career Engineer/Technologist, with 35 years’ experience in the European space industry, primarily in Chemical Propulsion and Business Development disciplines.

Paul became a Consultant Engineer in 1994, and has provided support in various capacities with great success and high regard, to many clients, including all the major European industrial contractors.

Paul founded Black Arrow Space Technologies Ltd in 2017 to provide a true sovereign launch capability to the UK market, in support of the myriad high performance satellite and space companies in the sector. Black Arrow will develop and manufacture space quality pressure vessels and structures, and, with a number of critical systems produced by international partners, will integrate them into launch vehicles for a reliable satellite delivery service, operating from a seaborne spacefleet, operating from a purpose-built dockside campus in South Wales.

Paul has been a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) since 1993.

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