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19-23 August 2024

Wednesday, August 21, 2024

Space - Launching Scotland's ambitions

Time: 11:30am to 1pm

In partnership with the Cross-Party Group on Space

£7.50 full price and £5 concession

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Event description

How will a Scottish launch accelerate Scotland's economy? What is the potential end to end economic impact for Scotland’s and the UK’s economy? As Norway, Sweden, and Germany all make preparations for launch activity this summer, will we see more commercial competition or increased opportunities for collaboration? How can Scotland contribute to “the safe, peaceful, and sustainable use of outer space” (UN Sustainable Development Goal #4)?

Chair: Colin Beattie MSP, convener, Cross-Party Group on Space


Festival of Politics panellists

Alan Thompson is head of Government Affairs in Skyrora supporting the launch vehicle manufacture to achieve its ambition of providing regular access to Space, launching from the UK. This includes Skyrora’s involvement in the Parliamentary Space Committee, industry associations such as Space Scotland and direct engagement with all government authorities, including the Space flight regulators - academic stakeholders, and broader industry. Alan is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and has a background in international trade and development.

Yvette Hopkins is a former US military officer, commercial executive, non-executive chair and board director. Yvette has global business experience, recently leading critical programs in the establishment of a Scottish vertical launch spaceport. Board positions include space, business, women, defence, and charity sectors. Yvette is a global keynote public speaker on the topics of Leadership, Space, and Business Entrepreneurship.

Daria “Dasha” Filichkina is chief operations officer at AstroAgency. Before joining AstroAgency, Dasha held various roles in the space sector, including business development manager and delivery manager within the European launch sector. She is a frequent speaker on the importance of diversity in the space industry and in 2020 helped form the New Voices in Space organisation. She is a mentor for multiple programmes, including the Prospero Space Fellowship charity. Dasha is the recipient of many awards, including the Sir Arthur Clarke award in recognition of her contribution to the UK space industry, and was also recognised by the Women’s Enterprise Scotland Awards.


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