6-7 March 2024

Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre


Wednesday 07 June

15:10 - 16:00   |   Keynote Theatre

PANEL: Preparing for long-term sustainable space exploration missions

Space agencies and international space tech giants have already established their vision and goals for Lunar and Mars habitation. Many new institutional and commercial actors have emerged in the space exploration market and will play a crucial role in determining the evolution of this segment. This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and how to collaborate at an international level to develop sustainable human space exploration programs. It aims to discuss the emerging markets within space exploration, including space tourism, interplanetary transportation, payload and telemetry data and space resource utilisation, and the challenges pertaining to the technology enablement and the funding support required from the terrestrial industries and private sector.


  • Moderator: Neil Rae, Associate Director, Head of Space, KPMG
  • Sir Martin Sweeting OBE FRS FREng FIET FRAeS, Founder and Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
  • Matthew Harris, Space Focus Area Lead, Qinetiq US
  • Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Special Advisor for Political Affairs at the European Space Agency
  • Dr Thomas Clayson, CTO and Co-Founder, Magdrive
  • Richard Dinan, CEO, Pulsar Fusion
  • Trudy Kortes, Director of Technology Demonstrations, NASA

See speaker profiles

Neil Rae


Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

Matthew Harris


Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl

European Space Agency (ESA)

Dr Thomas Clayson


Richard Dinan

Pulsar Fusion

Trudy Kortes

NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate