British Rocketry Oral History Programme

BROHP Conference 2007

When: 12th - 14th April 2007
Where: Charterhouse School near Godalming in Surrey
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Theme: Space Really counts
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Programme: Click here for the Draft Programme

Unfortunately all the tickets to the conference dinner on Thursday 12th April have now been sold, accomodation on the 12th has also now all be reserved. There are still accomodation avaliable for the rest of the conerence and tickets left for the Arthurs awards dinner on Saturday 14th April.

Call for Papers

The BROHP 2007 conference titled 'Space Really counts.' The conference will take place from April 12-14th at Charterhouse School, Near Godalming in Surrey. We welcome contributions on a wide range of Space related topics that relate to the past, present and future of UK Space endeavours. There are five main strands.

2007 includes a number of significant anniversaries which we will be marking


Sir Arthur Clarke Awards

The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards, April 14th, the UK Space community's equivalent of the Hollywood Oscars and the grand finale of the BROHP conference. Watch for the shortlist for this year.s awards at

George Abbey ex-Director Johnson Spaceflight Centre

George has accepted an invitation to speak at the conference. He will open the conference with the Charles Martin Lecture.

The British Interplanetary Society

BIS are running a day long parallel. Note the BIS Call for Papers has set a deadline of the 24th of February for abstracts.

United Kingdom Rocketry Assiciation

UKRA are running a day long parallel on April 14th and they will also be involved with the UKAYRoC competition which will provide secondary school teams of 3 to 5 students, aged 13-18 yrs, a realistic experience in designing a flying aerospace vehicle that meets a specified set of mission and performance requirements.

Francis Spufford - Backroom Boys

Francis will return to the conference to give a reading from his marvellous book 'Backroom Boys' and to discuss it with some of the 'Backroom Boys.'

David Shayler - The R7 Launch Vehicle & The story of British Astronauts

The author David Shayler will be talking about the R-7 rocket that launched Sputnik in October 1957, He will also be giving a paper on The story of British astronauts.

Reg Turnill - IGY plus fifty years of dramatic change

Reg will be talking about the original Geophysical Year in 1957 during which Sputnik was launched.

Chris Arridge - Exploring Saturn's Unique Magnetosphere with the Cassini Spacecraft

Magnetic fields generated deep within the magnetised planets of the solar system carve cavities called magnetospheres out of the solar wind. These magnetospheres can be enormous and Jupiter's magnetosphere is the largest structure in the solar system with a magnetic tail extending over 5AU from Jupiter out to Saturn's orbit. The magnetospheres of Jupiter and Earth are very different; the terrestrial magnetosphere is driven by interactions with the solar wind, and the jovian magnetosphere essentially by the rapid rotation of Jupiter. The Pioneer 11 and Voyager 1/2 encounters with Saturn taught us that Saturn's magnetosphere appeared very Earth-like in terms of this driving and its general configuration. The Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn since July 2004 and observations from this unique spacecraft have forced us to re-evaluate this Earth-like picture. In this talk we introduce Cassini and its mission, and describe some of the UK-led science which is changing our understanding of Saturn as a unique solar-system object.

Heather Couper & Nigel Henbest - MARS - THE INSIDE STORY OF THE RED PLANET

Yes, there is life on Mars . and it was discovered 30 years ago. That.s just one of the highlights of this behind-the-scenes investigation of the Red Planet. Based on the acclaimed book of the same name, our talk reveals the untold truth behind many of the failed missions to Mars, a new slant on the .bugs. in the Martian meteorite ALH 84001 and the presence of recently-flowing water on the surface. In particular, we take a fresh look at the Viking experiments of 1976. We reveal flaws in the Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer, which apparently ruled out life on Mars, and re-analyse the Labelled Release experiment which gave a positive result. Based on new discoveries about extremophiles on Earth, we can even begin to predict the biochemistry of bacteria living on Mars today

Lucie Green - International Heliophysical Year

Lucie from the Mullard and the International Heliophysical Year outreach co-ordinator will be talking about the IHY which started in February of this year and which lasts until February 2009 and how you can get involved

More Astronomy this year. Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest on Mars


Everyone who is aged 49 or younger is a child of the Space Age. During the last half century, humans have ventured beyond their birthplace - the Earth - and made their first, faltering steps into the Solar System.

To date, only a dozen people have set foot on another world, the Moon, but humanity's technological innovatinos have made it possible to extend our never-ending search for knowledge to all corners of the Solar System. Over the past 5 decades, robotic ambassadors from Earth have visited all of the traditional planets, and missions are already planned or under way to explore the largest asteroids, Pluto and the ice worlds of the Kuiper Belt.

During my talk, I shall touch upon the remarkably successful missions (and technologies) that have opened our eyes to the wonders of our planetary neighbours, and highlight some of the exciting possibilities that we may look forward to in future years.

Jodrell Bank - Past and Present.

Jodrell Bank. Past and Present. The session organised by Manchester University will feature a presentation by Alistair Gunn on Space Tracking and will include some historic black and white newsreel footage. Tim O.Brien will bring us right up to date talking about - Pulsars, Quasars gravity lenses and e-Merlin.

Human Space Flight

The recent announcement that the new Minister regards Human Spaceflight as a 'Great Adventure' has led us to include a session on Human Spaceflight. Contributors to this part of the conference will include Dr. Ian Crawford (Lunar and Planetary Exploration), Mark Hempsell (Manned Space Infrastructure), Nick Spall (UK manned spaceflight potential), Dr. Alyson Calder (UK space biomedicine experiments) ,George Abbey and Reg Turnill.

BROHP Publications. Prospero 4 will be on sale at the conference plus the new Black Knight booklet by Nick Hill available for the first time at the conference.

Careers event on April 14th organised by UKSEDS

This will the ninth year of the conference. Our thanks to our Sponsors who have made it possible Many Thanks to:

EADS Astrium, LogicaCMG, PPARC, SciSys, SSTL and Reaction Engines.

Also to those UK Space groups who have supported our efforts, which include

BIS, Royal Aeronautical Society, Space Education Council, Mars Society, ISSET, The Planetary Society, UKSEDS, UK Space and UKRA

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