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Engineering Challenge 2012 lecture: How to commercialise space – Will Whitehorn, former president of Virgin Galactic (free lecture)

Apr 27, 2012

On the 21st of May, the IET Young Professionals will be holding their very popular annual Engineering Challenge. This year’s theme is how to make money out of space. Space is an unexplored adventure for human kind and although humans have been sending satellites into space for over 50 years, there is still a lot more to learn.  But how can we commercialise space?

The main speaker for the evening is none other than Will Whitehorn, former president of Virgin Galactic with 25 years’ experience of business in the Virgin group, and now leads the Loewy Group of industrial and product design companies. In his lecture he will look at the current rush of new commercial entrants into the space launch and satellite industries and discuss how this has come about and where it is leading. He will question why space access needs to become cheaper and what that might mean for future industrialisation of the region outside the atmosphere and beyond our planet.

The event also includes the Challenge: 4 Teams will come up with solutions to several challenges facing space travel and present this to a panel of judges in a “Dragons’ Den” meets the “Apprentice” style!

Visit http://www.theiet.org/local/uk/london/engchallenge12.cfm for further details and to register for this free event.

Date and time: 21 May 2012, Refreshments 18:00 – 18:30. Meeting 18:30 – 21:30

Location:  IET London: Savoy Place
2 Savoy Place
London WC2R 0BL

Organiser: IET London Young Professionals

Organiser contact: Davy Thielens (Pls send enquiries via me at nigel@charig-associates.co.uk )

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