SUN Space Industry Webinar: Melissa Thorpe

Thursday, 10 February, 2022

SUN Space Industry Webinar: Spaceport Cornwall's Melissa Thorpe 


*** Please note you must register with a UK University or ISU email address ***

Start: 10th of February at 18:00 (1 hour)

Melissa Thorpe oversees the entire Spaceport Cornwall project, guiding the team to a successful satellite launch in 2022 from Cornwall Airport Newquay. Together with launch partner, Virgin Orbit, this ambitious project will offer dedicated and responsible access to space, from an existing civilian airport. She works across the launch environment to efficiently secure investment, regulations and the infrastructure required to launch, whilst communicating the space story to the local community. She has featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC World News, and the Independent.

Originally from Canada, Melissa moved to the UK to attend the London School of Economics in 2010 where she gained her Masters of Science in Economics, focusing on aerospace markets. Since then, she has worked on several aerospace development projects and has been part of the Spaceport Cornwall team since its inception in 2014.

This talk is hosted by the Space Universities Network (SUN), which aims to enhance the quality of learning and teaching by providing support and resources to the higher education space science and engineering community. We wish to help create a skilled workforce of graduates who can meet the challenges of future space exploration and exploitation. This is one of a series of Space industry webinars aimed at University staff and students.

This Webinar is comprised of a 30-minute talk by Melissa Thorpe, an interview with her, and a live Q&A from the audience.

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