Hazards Forum – Safety in Space: A New Frontier


1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

Evening Event - Safety in Space: A New Frontier

From 18:00 until 21:00

At the Institution of Civil Engineers

1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA


This Evening Forum, jointly organised by the Chairs of the Safety and Reliability Society and the Hazards Forum, will provide perspectives on how the challenges of ensuring a safe launch from UK space ports could be managed. Andrew Ratcliffe and Robert Garner from the UK Space Agency will introduce the UK’s space sector, the emerging challenges associated with new types of space operations and the UK’s developing regulatory approach. Ron MacBeth from the Health and Safety Laboratory will present the results of the major accident hazard analysis of launch site safety and how this is influencing launch licensing. Joanne Wheeler MBE from Alden Advisers will cover the developing area of legislation for launch sites to in-orbit operations, and consider what might happen when things go wrong, including a recent case study.

Dr Luise Vassie (Hazards Forum Chair) and Dr Emma Taylor (Safety and Reliability Society Chair) will then lead a panel discussion to explore the transferability of lessons between established major accident hazard sectors such as nuclear, rail and O&G, and the developing discipline of space safety.

The Safety and Reliability Society (SaRS) is the professional body for safety, reliability and risk management practitioners. With a global membership, and a broad range of academic and commercial affiliate member organisations, SaRS is internationally recognised as the leading body for cross-sector safety and reliability expertise. SaRS is a UK Engineering Council Professional Affiliate, and a UK-registered charity.

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