6-7 March 2024

Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre


Alan Thompson

Government Affairs. Skyrora Ltd

Speaker profile

Alan Thompson is head of Government Affairs in Skyrora supporting the launch vehicle manufacture to achieve its ambition of providing regular access to Space, launching from the UK. Alan is responsible for managing and engaging with all key stakeholders across industry and Government. This includes Skyrora’s involvement in Parliamentary Space Committee, industry associations such as ADS UK Space, Space Scotland and others, and direct engagement with all government authorities, including the Space flight regulators- UKSA and CAA, academic stakeholders, and broader industry. A member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and with a background in international trade and development all give Alan a new perspective to Space industry development in UK, in particular the ambition to challenge the current economic paradigm and the shift that the New Space economy will necessitate.

Skyrora Ltd


Wednesday 07 June


16:40 - 17:30   |   Keynote Theatre

PANEL: Establishing a robust commercial launch sector

Luigi Scatteia

Space Practice Leader,

Tim Johnson

Policy Director,
UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

Andrew Ratcliffe

Chief Engineer

Alan Thompson

Government Affairs,
Skyrora Ltd

Kelvin Coleman

Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation,
Federal Aviation Administration

John Whalley

Chief Executive,
Aerospace Wales Forum