welchProf. Christopher Welch
Astronautics and Space Engineering

BSc (Hons) Physics, Cardiff University
MSc Experimental Space Physics, University of Leicester
PhD Spacecraft Engineering, Cranfield University

Formerly

Principal Lecturer in Astronautics, School of Aerospace Engineering, Kingston University, London (1993-2011)
Director, Aerospace Research Centre, Faculty of Engineering, Kingston University, London (2003-06)
Assistant Dean, Faculty of Technology, Kingston University, London (1990-93)
Senior Lecturer in Space Technology, School of Engineering, Kingston University, London (1988-93)
Doctoral Research Student, School of Engineering, Cranfield University, UK (1995-98)
Research Assistant, Unit for Space Sciences, University of Kent, UK (1982-85)

Research and Teaching Interests

Space propulsion system, orbit mechanics, space exploration

Publications Include:

- C Utrilla and C Welch, Development roadmap and business case for a private Mars settlement, New Space, September 2017, Vol 5, No 3: 170-185
P Calla, D Fries, C Welch, Analysis of an asteroid mining architecture utilizing small spacecraft, IAC-17,D1,2,5,x40070, 68th International Astronautical Congress, 25-29 September 2017, Adelaide, Australia
- P Calla, D Fries, C Welch, B Downer, Low-cost asteroid mining using small spacecraft, IAC-17,B4,8,7,x40067, 68th International Astronautical Congress, 25-29 September 2017, Adelaide, Australia
- M Grimard, G Reibaldi, A Kapoglou, I Marboe, C Welch, A Barton, Creating a Moon Village Association, IAC-17,E3,2,1,x40650, 68th International Astronautical Congress, 25-29 September 2017, Adelaide, Australia
- B Downer, R Swinney and C Welch, Innovation and Investment Strategies of Commercial Sector Reusable Launch Vehicles, IAC-17,E6,2,5,x41215, 68th International Astronautical Congress, 25-29 September 2017, Adelaide, Australia
- M Guzman, A Hein and C Welch, Eternal memory: Long-duration storage concepts for space, Acta Astronautica, Volume 130, January-February 2017: 128-136
- P Murzionak, C Welch and G Matloff, THE OCULUS PROJECT: Gravitational Lensing, Earth-Like Exoplanets and Solar Sailing, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 69 (12), 439-449, December 2016
- C Welch, Why Interdisciplinarity?, Chapter 1 in Space Architecture Education for Engineers and Architects - Designing and Planning Beyond Earth, Springer, June 2016, ISBN 9 783319 192789.
- J Bernard and C Welch, Autonomous geostationary station keeping using electric propulsion, IAC-16, B6.2,x 33477, 67th International Astronautical Congress, 26-30 September 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico.
- J Burke and C Welch, Converting a retired ISS into a cislunar cycler, IAC-16, D6.3, x35115, 67th International Astronautical Congress, 26-30 September 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico.
- C Utrilla and C Welch, Development roadmap and business case for a private Mars settlement, IAC-16, E6.1.1, x32029, 67th International Astronautical Congress, 26-30 September 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico.
- M Oliveira, C Welch and S Zeidler, Strategies to implement a precursor interstellar mission: from mission concepts to financing option, IAC-16, D4.1.10, x32005, 67th International Astronautical Congress, 26-30 September 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico.
- R Skomorohov, A Hein and C Welch, In-orbit manufacturing: Near-term business cases, IAC-16, E6.1.2, x32472, 67th International Astronautical Congress, 26-30 September 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico.
- A Soni, M Langer and C Welch, Minimum interstellar precursor mission, IAC-16, C4.6, x32098, 67th International Astronautical Congress, 26-30 September 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico.
- S Sherriff, C Welch et al, A Roadmap for Interstellar Travel – The Societal Challenges, Proceedings of the 2015 100-Year Starship Symposium, 29 October - 1 November, Santa Clara, USA.
- J Brandt, B Osborne, C Welch, E Cetin, J Rohde, T Barber, N Tsafnat, Design and drop tower testing of a liquids experiment investigating the chaotic dripping regime in low gravity conditions, IAC-15-A2.3.6, 66th International Astronautical Congress, 12-16 October 2015, Jerusalem, Israel.
- M Guzman, A Hein and C Welch, Eternal memory: Long-duration storage concepts for space, IAC-15-D4.1.3, 66th International Astronautical Congress, 12-16 October 2015, Jerusalem, Israel.
- B Ramos, M Klettke, J-F Rococo and C Welch, Interdisciplinary roadmap for enabling an interstellar worldship mission IAC-15-D4.4.7, 66th International Astronautical Congress, 12-16 October 2015, Jerusalem, Israel.
- M Madsen and C Welch, The Visit – A multidisciplinary film-based enquiry into humanity’s first encounter with intelligent life from space IAC-15-E5.4.3, 66th International Astronautical Congress, 12-16 October 2015, Jerusalem, Israel.
- C Cobbs, C Welch and R Kennedy, Ecological engineering considerations for ISU’s worldship project, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 68 no 3, 81-85, March/April 2015.
- J Brandt, B Osborne, C Welch, E Cetin, J Rohde, T Barber, N Tsafnat, Designing a microgravity fluidics experiment for use on-board the International space station, IAC-14-A2.6.10, 65th International Astronautical Congress, 29 September – 4 October 2014, Toronto, Canada.
- M Hirai, C Welch, A Hein, Autonomous space colony construction, IAC-14-D3.3.14, 66the International Astronautical Congress, 29 September – 4 October 2014, Toronto, Canada.
- A Eilingsfeld, C Welch, F Eilingsfeld, Applying 3d printing to rapid prototyping of space experiment payloads, IAC-14-A2.7.12, 65th International Astronautical Congress, 29 September – 4 October 2014, Toronto, Canada.
- A Alexander, K Long, J Lee, C Welch, Project BAIR: Black hole augmented interstellar ramjet, IAC-14-C4.P.47, 65th International Astronautical Congress, 29 September – 4 October 2014, Toronto, Canada.
- O Doule, B Imhof, W Hoheneder, S Ransom, R Waclavicek, P Kull, A Aabloo, P Weiss, V Taillebot, B Gardette, B, T Gobert, J Gancet, P Letier, G Rodriguez, J Salini, J Nelson, C Welch, P Gajdos, D Sevcik, Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments – Universal Platform for Analog Research, AIAA Space Forum 2014, San Diego, August 4-7, USA.
- N Ben Hayoun and C Welch, The International Space Orchestra – Performative experiential and event-based space public outreach - IAC-13-E1.8.1, 64the International Astronautical Congress, 23-27 September 2013, Beijing,China.
- V La Regina, A Bukley and C Welch, Intercultural education methods and International and Interdisciplinary Concepts, Intercultural Counselling and Education in the Global World Conference, 15-18 April 2013, Verona, Italy.
- R Peldszus, H Dalke, S Pretlove and C Welch, The perfect boring situation – addressing the experience of monotony during deep space missions through habitability design, Acta Astronautica, Vol 94, Issue 1, Jan-Feb 2014, pp262-276..
- M Azriel, A Amrouni-Keiling, J Cappaert, D DeLatte, A Henry, R Kovács, P Platzer, N Wong, C Welch, Weighing geoengineering: an interdisciplinary assessment of the space-based solar shield, The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 4(3) pp 103-117.
- A Bukley and C Welch, Exploitation of extraterrestrial resources: mining asteroids, SPACE World Conference, 6-7 November 2012, Berlin, Germany.
- P Platzer, D DeLatte, J Cappaert, N Wong, R Kovacs and C Welch, EC2LIPSE: An interdisciplinary study of space-based geoengineering by solar radiation management using a Sun-Earth L1-located shield, IAC-12-D4.4.6, 63nd International Astronautical Congress, 1-5 October 2012, Naples, Italy.
- W Peeters, A Bukley, G Clements and C Welch, A quarter-century of ‘3IS’ space education – 25 years of the International Space University, IAC-12-E1.8.3, 63nd International Astronautical Congress, 1-5 October 2012, Naples, Italy.
- C Riley and C Welch, International social co-operation in space awareness – Yuri Gagarin, Yuri’s Night and First Orbit, Chapter 7 in International Cooperation for the Development of Space, Aerospace Technology Working Group, August 2012, ISBN 9 781478 186236.
- A Ismail, B Osborne and C Welch, The potential of Aluminium powder as a fuel for space propulsion systems, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 65 (2/3), 61-70, February/March 2012.
- B Osborne and C Welch, Two degree of freedom model of chaotic dripping in reduced gravity, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 65 (2/3), 77-86, February/March 2012.
- B Osborne and C Welch, Short duration reduced gravity drop tower design and development, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 65 (2/3), 71-76, February/March 2012.
- C Welch and B Osborne, KUSPACE: Embedding Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador activities in the undergraduate engineering curriculum, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 65 (2/3), 105-108, February/March 2012.
- C Welch, A Heward, V Southgate and Q Stanley, YuriGagarin50: a UK initiative to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. IAC-11-E1.4.12, 62nd International Astronautical Congress, 3-7 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa.
- R Peldszus, H Dalke, S Pretlove and C Welch, The perfect boring situation- in view of designing onboard countermeasures to monotony and isolation during transfer stages of extended exploration missions, IAC-11-E5.1.5, 62nd International Astronautical Congress, 3-7 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa.
- B Osborne and C Welch, Two degree of freedom model of chaotic dripping in reduced gravity, IAC-11-A2.2.6, 62nd International Astronautical Congress, 3-7 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa.
- C Welch, A Heward, V Southgate and Q Stanley, YuriGagarin50: a UK initiative to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. IAC-11-E1.4.12, 62nd International Astronautical Congress, 3-7 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa.
- A Ismail, B Osborne and C Welch, The potential of Aluminium powder as a fuel for space propulsion systems, IAC-11.D3.2.10, 62nd International Astronautical Congress, 3-7 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa
- C Welch and B Osborne, KUSPACE: Embedding Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador activities in the undergraduate engineering curriculum, IAC-11-E1.8.3, 62nd International Astronautical Congress, 3-7 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa.
- F von ‘t Klooster, A Knutson, A Lasslop, J Leung, B Olberts, T Vu, J Walker, C Welch, S Yi, Asteroid Mining – An Interdisciplinary Study, IAC-10.E5.1.6, 61st International Astronautical Congress, 27 September-1 October 2010, Prague, Czech Republic.
- H Dalke, R Peldszus and C Welch, Science Fiction Film as Design Scenario Exercise for Psychological Habitability: Production Designs 1955-2009, AIAA 2010-6109, Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Environmental Systems, July 2010, Barcelona, Spain.

Other Activities

Professional Society Memberships

• Chartered Scientist
• Chartered Physicist
• Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society
• Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
• Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology
• Member of the Institute of Physics

Honours and Awards

• Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education 2009
• Kingston University Teacher of the Year 2010
• Kingston University Business Fellowship 2009-10

Professional Activities (Aero/Space)

• Institute of Engineering and Technology Aerospace Technical and Professional Network Executive Committee – Member (2011-)
• UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy – Awareness Workteam Member (2009-10)
• Framework-7-Space – Expert Evaluator for Research Executive Agency (2009-)
• Cranfield University - Visiting Lecturer in Spacecraft Propulsion (2009-10)
• Journal of the British Interplanetary Society – Subject Editor (2009-)
• Institute of Engineering and Technology Satellite Systems and Applications Technical and Professional Network Executive Committee – Member (2008-10)
• National Space Centre: ‘Into Space’ Team Member, (1999-2000), ‘Human Spaceflight’ Team Member (2003-2005)
• National Audit Office Space Policy Enquiry – Expert Panel Member (2003)
• Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education: Subject Specialist Reviewer for Aerospace Engineering (2001)
• Parliamentary Trade and Industry Select Committee Inquiry into UK Space Policy: Specialist Advisor (2000)
• Higher Education Funding Council for England: Subject Specialist Assessor for Aerospace Engineering (1996-98)
• Institute of Mechanical Engineers Aerospace Industries Division – Member (2008-11)
• British Interplanetary Society: Council Member (1994-2000, 2009-)Programme Committee Member (1993-2000, 2009-)

Conferences and symposia organisation

• International Astronautical Congress: International Planning Committee Member (1996-), Session Chair (1997-), Symposium Co-ordinator (2004-), IAC Steering Group Category E Representative (2010-)
• ISU 15th Annual Symposium: The International Space Station: MaximizingThe Return From Extended Operations – Organising team member (2010-)
ISU 14th Annual Symposium: The Public Face of Space - Organising team member (2009-10)
• AIAA/Boeing/IAF Workshop on Workforce Development (Houston October 2002): Member Programme Committee (2001-02)
• Bringing Space Into Education Symposium (Strasbourg April 2000): Member Programme Committee and Workshop Chair (1999-2000)
• UNISPACE 3 (Vienna 1999): Rapporteur for Forum on Space Activity in the 21st Century
• Prospective 2100: Space Group Member (1998-99)

Education, outreach and charities

• YuriGagarin50 – Chair (2009-)
• National Museum of Childhood - Scientist in Residence (2006-07)
• Space Education Trust: Trustee and Chair (2003-)
• The Arts Catalyst: Trustee and Board Member (2002-)
• International Space University: Board of Trustees (2001-04),  Affiliate Network Chair (2001-04) Vice Chair (1999-2001), Academic Council (2001-04), Summer Session Program Faculty (2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011), Faculty member (2006-)
• Yuri’s Night – London event organiser (2001- 03)
• Spacelink Learning Foundation: Trustee and Board Member (2001-)
• World Space Week Association: Board Member (2000-) and Executive Committee Member (2001-)
• Space School UK: Executive Committee (1999-2003)
• International Astronautical Federation Space Education and Outreach Committee: Member (1997-), Chair (2003-2006), Vice Chair (2009-)`
• International Astronautical Federation Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space : Member (2008-)
• International Academy of Astronautics Subcommittee on Art and Literature, Member (1996-2000)
• Space Education Council: Chair (1995-2006)
• United Kingdom Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, Chair (1993-95)