Prof. 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

Other Activities

Professional Society Memberships

• Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society
• Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
• Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical 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

• Corresponding Member International Academy of Astronautics
• Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society by Presidential Invitation
• International Astronautical Federation Distinguished Service Award
• Kingston University Teacher of the Year
• Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education

Professional Activities

• Space Hero – Advisor (2020-)
• Frontiers Online – Creative Performance in Extreme Human Environments: Astronauts and Space topic – Editor (2019-)
• Space Hero – Advisor (2020-)
• University of Cape Town MPhil in Space Studies – External Examiner EEE5141Z Special Topics in Space Technology 2018-
• University of Luxembourg Interdisciplinary Space MSc – Working in Space module author and lecturer (2018-)
• Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group – Member (2018-2019)
• International Academy of Astronautics Committee on Small Satellites – Member (2018-)
• Future AI and Robotics in Space (FAIR-SPACE) Hub, Independent Steering Committee – Member (2017-)
• Moon Village Association – Advisory Council Member (2017-)
• European Commission Horizon-2020 Advisory Group on Space – Member (2015-18)
• International Astronautical Federation – Vice-President Education and Workforce Development (2015-2018)
• Horizon-2020-Space – Proposal Evaluator for Research Executive Agency (2014-2015)
• ROOM – The Space Journal – Editorial Board member (2014-)
• Kingston University – Visiting Fellow in Astronautics (2013-2018)
• Initiative for Interstellar Studies – Deputy Chair, Advisory Council (2012-)
• British Interplanetary Society: Council Member (1994-2000, 2009-), Vice-President (2012-2017)
• 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-)

Recent Conferences and symposia organisation

• 71st International Astronautical Congress, 12-16 October 2019, Dubai, UAE, International Planning Committee Member
• Global Space Exploration Conference, 9-11 June 2019, St Petersburg, Russia, International Planning Committee Member.
• 70th International Astronautical Congress, 21-25 October 2019, Washington DC, USA, International Planning Committee Member
• Moon Village Association/RSArches/ISU Workshop on The Future of Moon Exploration and Settlement, 25 March 2019, Paris, Co-organiser
• 6th UNISEC-Global Meeting, 19-21 November 2018, Strasbourg, France, Chair, Local Organising Committee
• 69th International Astronautical Congress, 1-5 October 2018, Bremen, Germany, International Planning Committee Member
• 6th Mechatronics Forum International Conference, 19-21 September 2018, Glasgow, UK, International Advisory Committee Member
• International Moon Village Workshop 2017, 19-21 November 2017, Strasbourg, France, Organising Committee Co-Chair
• Reinventing Space Conference 2017, 24-26 October 2017, Glasgow, Scotland, Technical Committee member.
• 68th International Astronautical Congress, 25-29 September 2017, Adelaide, Australia, International Planning Committee Member
• Global Space Exploration Conference, 6-8 June 2017, Beijing, China, International Planning Committee Member and SpaceUp GLEX Organiser.
• Space Forum 2017, 9-10 May 2017, Luxembourg, organisation partner, panel moderator and speaker.
• SpaceUp ISU, 11-12 March 2017, Strasbourg, France, Organising Team member
• Reinventing Space Conference 2016, 24-27 October 2016, London, United Kingdom, Technical Committee member.
• 67th International Astronautical Congress, 26-30 September 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico – IAC Steering Group Member, International Planning Committee Member
• Global Conference on Space and the Information Society, 6-7 June 2016, Geneva, Switzerland, International Planning Committee Member and SpaceUp GLAC Organiser.
• Space Forum 2016, 10-11 May 2016, Luxembourg, organisation partner and speaker.
• Space Innovation Congress, 7-8 April 2016, London, United Kingdom, organisation partner and speaker.
• Reinventing Space Conference 2015, 10-12 November 2015, Oxford, United Kingdom, Technical Committee member and Session Chair.
• Present and Future Robotics In Space Applications Symposium, 29-30 October 2015, Strathclyde, United Kingdom, Advisory Board member.
• 66th International Astronautical Congress, 12-16 October 2015, Jerusalem, Israel – IAC Steering Group Member, International Planning Committee Member, Symposium Co-ordinator, Session Chair (2012-2014)
• SpaceUp ISU, 11-12 April 2015, Strasbourg, France, Organising Team member

Education, outreach and charities

• British Interplanetary Society- UCLAN Publishing STEAM Children’s Book Prize – Judge (2018)
• Aluna Foundation – Trustee (2018-)
• Women in Aerospace Europe – Chair Awards and Grants Committee (2016-2018)
• Lunar Mission One – Education Team member (2014-2018)
• Space Generation Advisory Council – Advisory Board Member (2013-2017)
• International Space Orchestra – Main Advisor (2011-12)
• YuriGagarin50 – Chair (2009-2012)
• National Museum of Childhood – Scientist in Residence (2006-07)
• Space Education Trust: Trustee and Chair (2003-2012)
• Arts Catalyst: Trustee and Board Member (2002-2018)
• Spacelink Learning Foundation: Trustee and Board Member (2001-2019)
• World Space Week Association: Board Member (2000-), Executive Committee Member (2001-), Deputy Chair (2017-)
• International Astronautical Federation Space Education and Outreach Committee: Member (1997-), Chair (2003-2006, 2012-2015), Vice Chair (2009-12)
• International Astronautical Federation Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space : Member (2008-)

Recent Publications

-T Chen, D Stupar, C Welch, H Yao, Z Hu, Gaussian-Process-Regression-based Periodical Variation Analysis of the Lunar Surface Temperature with the ESA-Dresden Radio Telescope, Advances in Space Research 65 (2020), 2912-2925
-C Nassey and C Welch, The Moon Village: strategies and architectures for growth, IAC-19,D3,1,x53449, 70th International Astronautical Congress, 21-25 October 2019, Washington DC, USA
-S Vivenzio, D Fries and C Welch, Feasibility and preliminary design of a chipsat planetary entry mission to Investigate the atmosphere of Venus, IAC-19,B4,8,x53351, 70th International Astronautical Congress, 21-25 October 2019, Washington DC, USA
-T Tejumola, C Welch, M George, I Adebolu, M Cho, The role of cubesat programs in workforce development for developing countries, IAC-19,B4,1,x52676, 70th International Astronautical Congress, 21-25 October 2019, Washington DC, USA
-D Couthino and C Welch, Interface Standardization for the Moon Village, IAC-18,D3,1,4,x47716, 69th International Astronautical Congress, 1-5 October 2018, Bremen, Germany
-Z Burkhardt, N Perakis and C Welch, Project Glowworm: Testing Laser Sail Propulsion in LEO,
IAC-18,D4,4,6,x47477, 69th International Astronautical Congress, 1-5 October 2018, Bremen, Germany
-W Hu, E Ancona and C Welch, A minimal chipsat interstellar mission: technology and mission architecture,
IAC-18,B4,8,16,x46958, 69th International Astronautical Congress, 1-5 October 2018, Bremen, Germany
-S Huang, C Welch and Y Iliev, The Technical and Commercial Increment of the Fusion of Big Data Analysis, Artificial Intelligence and Earth Observation,IAC-18,B5,3,8,x46903, 69th International Astronautical Congress, 1-5 October 2018, Bremen, Germany
-P Marshall, J Pelton and C Welch, The New Commercial Space Launch Services, Chapter 14 in The Farthest Shore- A 21st Century Guide to Space, Apogee Books, 2018.
-V Taratukhin, Y Kupriyanov, C Welch, V Anikushina, Y Yadgarova, Leveraging the tech-savvy next generation talents and hackathons techniques to accelerate digital enterprise journey, 2018 ASEE Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, USA, 24-27 June 2018
-C Welch et al, Space Launch Services, Chapter 10 in Global Space Governance: An International Study, Springer, 2017, ISBN 9 783319 543635
-V Anikushina, C Welch, V Taratukhin, Academia-Industry Network for Space as a driver for socioeconomic sustainable development – International Space University and SAP Next-Gen, United Nations/Russian Federation Workshop on Human Capacity-Building in Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Social and Economic Development, Samara, Russian Federation, 30 Oct 2017
-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
-W Peeters and C Welch, Three decades of ‘3i’s space education – the International Space University at 30, presentation at United Nations/Austria Symposium on Access to Space: Holistic Capacity-Building for the 21st Century, Graz, Austria 3 – 7 September, 2017
-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 2015, Santa Clara, USA.
-J Brandt, B Osborne, C Welch, E Cetin, J Rohde, T Barber, N Tsafnat, Design and bench top 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.

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