S3 EP9: Adapting to the New Era of Spaceflights

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In this episode we’re continuing our exploration of launch from the UK and beyond.

The launch market is changing rapidly all the time, both here in the UK and overseas. In January of this year, Virgin Orbit conducted the historic first ever orbital launch from UK soil – however the mission unfortunately failed to reach orbit. But space innovation is never without setbacks, and our journey towards becoming a spacefaring nation is showing no signs of slowing down.

Our host Dallas Campbell is joined in the studio by Mike Curtis-Rouse, Head of In-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing at the Satellite Applications Catapult, and remotely by Jan Skolmli, Chief Commercial Officer at Orbex, and Jeff Feige, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Radian Aerospace.

We are deeply saddened to share that our dear friend and colleague Jan Skolmli, who joined us for the discussion, has passed away since the recording of this episode.

Jan’s passion for space exploration was contagious, and he inspired many to pursue careers in this field. Jan will be sorely missed, and we dedicate this episode to his memory.

Episode Host


Dallas Campbell

Broadcaster and Writer

Dallas presents some of television’s most popular factual programmes, his immersive documentaries lift the curtain on our human planet, giving audiences of all ages and backgrounds an exclusive backstage pass to some of the world’s most fascinating stories, ideas and places.

Beyond television, Dallas is an author, speaker, and ambassador for STEM education. He works closely with several major outreach initiatives which help kids across the UK think creatively about technology and innovation. He works internationally with the British Council’s FameLab project, designing and running workshops for early career academics, helping them hone their science communication skills.

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