Companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin have revolutionised cheaper access to space. This could lead to an expansion of space businesses including space tourism and other industries.
In this Dark Skies Discovery Day talk, Dr Chris Macleod discusses the next steps in space travel, including spaceplanes and new propulsion systems, and outlines some of the latest developments in spaceplane engines researched at UHI and how these could help.
Chris MacLeod is a lecturer at UHI Lews Castle College and does research into spaceplane propulsion systems. He has 30 years of experience in university teaching and research and previously worked for Hughes Aircraft Company in the USA and as a contractor to NASA. He has a PhD in Engineering and is a Chartered Physicist.
The Next Steps in Space Travel is part of Dark Skies Discovery Day, a whole day of Hebridean Dark Skies Festival events in partnership with Lews Castle College UHI and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Day tickets are available for just £15/£13.
The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is supported by Caledonian MacBrayne, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Culture and Business Fund Scotland. We would also like to thank our event partners, Calanais Visitor Centre, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College UHI , as well as Cala Hotels, Outer Hebrides Tourism, and VisitScotland.