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Project controls in exploring space


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This event examines the project controls used in a high value, high risk, low volume design and manufacturing environment. They thus represent best practice. The tools and techniques are transferrable to other environments, with appropriate tailoring.

Date and Time

29 January 2019 - 18:30-21:00


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Joint Event.
Contact Natalie Sullivan at NSullivan@theiet.org or on 01438765636 for more information.

About this event

Projects take all forms, some change processes, some build infrastructure and some introduce new products. The latter also takes many forms, from introducing a new chocolate bar to be produced by the million to a new car produced by the thousands. Automakers use a lot of virtual tools, but still might make 30 prototyps at different stages of development.

What if your product is more complex than the car, cannot be serviced during its lifetime and you are making just one. The risks are higher. Space exploration vehicles and satellites are high value products produced in very low volumes and so are high risk projects. This year’s Project Controls Prestige Lecture organised in conjunction with the Satellite TPN examines what controls need to be in place and how they are used in such projects.

This a joint event organised by the Project Controls network and the Satellite network.


18:30 Registration & Networking

19:00 Welcome

19:05 The changing nature of the space sector & the opportunities that brings
Lucy Edge, Chief Operating Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult

19:50 The use of project controls in the space manufacturing sector
Bernardo Martins, Navigation Business Manager, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

20:35 Panel discussion

21:00 Event close

Reasons to attend

This event examines the project controls used in a high value, high risk, low volume design and manufacturing environment. They thus represent best practice. The tools and techniques are transferrable to other environments, with appropriate tailoring.

Continuing Professional Development

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Additional information

Meet the speakers

Lucy Edge (photo)  Lucy Edge:

As Chief Operating Officer of the Satellite Applications Catapult Lucy is responsible for supporting enterprises across the UK in understanding and exploiting the potential of space and satellites to create opportunities and transform businesses.
With a background in Physics and Engineering, Lucy’s career highlights include launching two satellites that now provide communications for much of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and building a satellite operations centre in West Cornwall that operates a fleet of communications satellites.
Lucy serves as a non-executive director on the boards of the Eden Project, Truro & Penwith College and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. She is an accomplished athlete.
Lucy is an ardent believer in the Catapult vision “To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites”. Many see the growing space industry as a potential source of economic growth; Lucy also sees it as a way of improving the future for everyone, and of building connections between people and communities that will transform the way we relate to each other.

Bernardo Martins (photo)  Bernardo Martins:

Bernardo is a Senior Project Manager with 15 years’ experience in the Aerospace industry. Currently, he is Navigation Business Manager at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) where he has been leading integrated project teams across the whole lifecycle of satellite missions, delivering programmes such as OTB-1 (USA), FORMOSAT-7 (Taiwan/USA), OptiSAR (Canada) and thirty-four British made Galileo navigation payloads (EU). Before that, he spent four years at Airbus Defence and Space, working on large telecommunication satellite programmes. He started his career as a Graduate Engineer at Rolls-Royce plc after a master in Manufacturing Management from Loughborough University. On Saturday mornings, you will invariably find Bernardo on his mountain bike, exploring the Surrey Hills trails. Bernardo is originally from Portugal and is married with two young daughters.


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