BBC World Service and the Royal Commission For The Exhibition Of 1851 to host discussion about space flight engineering at Imperial College

Date: 18.06.2019     Last updated: 18.06.2019 at 16.25
Category: World Service
The BBC World Service and the Royal Commission For The Exhibition of 1851 bring three of the world's greatest space flight engineers to London on Saturday 29 June to discuss space travel with a large public audience at Imperial College, as part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival.

What is the future of Space flight? With a successful NASA landing on Mars and more commercial space travel in development than ever before, astronautical engineers are taking us into a new age. From lift-off to landing, rapid innovations are radically changing what's possible - and bringing us much closer to outer space.

Presenter Kevin Fong is joined by Adam Steltzner, NASA’s Chief Engineer for the 2020 Mission to Mars, Anuradha TK, Geosat Programme Director at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and David Parker, Director of Human And Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA), to discuss space flight 50 years after the first moon landing.

The programme will be recorded on 29 June at 4.30pm at Imperial College and the programme will broadcast on the BBC World Service on 13 and 14 July 2019.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival is taking place throughout the weekend from 11am-5pm. 

Notes to Editors

This year Kevin Fong launched the landmark BBC World Service podcast series 13 Minutes To The Moon, which marks 50 years since the lunar landing. He is a consultant anaesthetist at University College London Hospital and also Professor of Public Engagement for Science, Technology and Medicine and co-director of the Centre for Aviation Space and Extreme Environment Medicine (CASE Medicine) at UCL.

Established in 1850 to stage the Great Exhibition, the Royal Commission For The Exhibition Of 1851 then invested the profits, initially by purchasing land for the development of the South Kensington cultural estate of museums, colleges and the Albert Hall. Today it awards grants and fellowships in support of science, engineering and industry to the value of £4m a year and is a major sponsor of the Great Exhibition Road Festival, 28-30 June 2019.

Further information is available on its website