The list of completed events and courses that we have organised/hosted is available here.

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Introduction to Space Mission Operations (SMOC), 3-7 June 2019, Goonhilly Earth Station, Cornwall

The principal objective of the course is to provide participants with a solid theoretical basis for the main activities in space mission operations, supported by practical exercises where possible to consolidate the learning experience. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the major functions of space operations systems (and requirements, constraints)
  • Appreciate the basics of orbital mechanics and how it drives operational concept design
  • Identify the main parts of a space missions communications network
  • Understand basic satellite communications principles and determine and analyse the key parameters of system design
  • Complete link budget calculations and assess trade-off issues with other aspects of mission design
  • Define key tasks to be performed by mission planners and operators through the mission lifetime
  • Appreciate the distinctive aspects of operations approaches in ground and space segment
  • Explain the main differences between conventional commercial satellite operations, and emerging low cost approaches
  • Understand how telemetry and telecommanding are performed in typical mission operations centres.

This course is run in partnership with Goonhilly Earth Station and Scisys Space. More details are available here.

Space Foundations

A 1-day introductory course aimed at early career professionals with a technical background and wanting to either join the growing UK space industry, or to retrain. This course is offered periodically: when future dates are known they will be listed below. Each time, the outline of the course is the same (costs may vary depending upon venue):



  • What do space missions do?
  • Spacecraft platform / bus, and key functions
  • Spacecraft payloads and how they meet mission objectives and drive platform and mission design
  • Orbit mechanics
  • How does the industry work?
  • Space mission life cycle including launch planning and operations
  • Doing business in the space industry


No confirmed dates for this course yet – but expecting to deliver an ‘Extended Foundations’ (?!) course in Scotland in early 2019.

Access To Space

Join industry experts to improve your understanding of the technical, political and economic dimensions of access to space. Multiple expert speakers will present the following materials in the context of an end-to-end space mission, including an overview of launch systems.

      • Previous UK launch vehicles
      • Markets & customers for launch
      • UK regulatory requirements
      • Fundamentals – Vertical & horizontal launch; Orbital & suborbital approaches
      • Technical parts of a launch system
      • Case studies
      • Spaceports, logistics, insurance

We expect to run this course again in early 2019. Contact us for information – or signup to our mailing list or social media feeds for announcements.