Wednesday March 13 8:00pm


Britain in Space


Alistair Scott


Alistair D. Scott, TD, BSc, FBIS, MRAeS

Past President, The British Interplanetary Society

UK Board Member, The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation


As an Undergraduate Apprentice with Hawker Siddeley, Hatfield in 1967 Alistair worked on Trident aircraft and joined the Airbus wing design team.  Gaining an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Bristol University, he became a Sales Engineer on the HS125 business jet and HS146 airliner. In 1978 he joined British Aerospace in Stevenage as Marketing Manager, Defence Systems and in 1984 moved to BAe Space and Communications to become Marketing Manager, Communications Satellites.  On the formation of Astrium in May 2000, he was appointed Director of Communications UK and retired in October 2011. He served as President of the British Interplanetary Society from 2012 to 2015 and is currently a Council Member.  He is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and was a Major in the Territorial Army.  His other interests include vintage cars and military vehicles, sailing and cartooning.


Britain in Space

From the 1930s the British Interplanetary Society played an important role in influencing the fledgling UK Space industry which is now a world leader, building the largest TV broadcast and Earth observation satellites and spacecraft to explore Mars, Mercury and Jupiter, intercept comets and orbit the sun.  The Government has recognised the importance of the Space Sector and the massive contribution it makes to the UK economy.  Tim Peake’s Principia Mission on the International Space Station in 2016 opened a new chapter, raising the general public’s awareness of Space and encouraging the younger generation to continue STEM subjects and pursue careers in Space.


What is in the sky for the next few weeks


Following the above talk we will have a short comfort break then Martin Weston will talk us through what to look out for should we get a chance to take our telescopes outside.


Have a look at Terry's Sky Notes too which gives news about up and coming events.

Radio Astronomy


Those blooming clouds get in the way but have you ever thought about radio astronomy?


An idea was floated by one of our members who is interested in this area but is not too sure where to start.  Maybe there are others of you who feel the same so perhaps you could get together and have a chat about it sometime.  This was how our HAGAS group started to why not a HAGRAS?


Press the button if you are interested.

Meetings held at:

The View (Formerly Fairway Tavern)

Panshanger Golf Complex

Old Herns Lane,

Welwyn Garden City,



Tel:01707 336007

Membership details:


● £20 per year*


● Non-members £3.50 first 3 meetings  then annual membership subscription due pro rata for remaining meetings.


● Free to under-18s and full-time students. Proof of status may be required


● Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

What happens at our meetings?


Doors open at 7:00 for the meeting due to start at 8:00 but several club members and friends gather before this to have a drink and chat in the bar.


Following welcome announcements we have a guest speaker who speaks on the subject of the evening for about 45 - 60 minutes.  This is followed by questions relating to the talk.


Announcements about forthcoming events follow.


You can then choose from the following activities:


1. If the weather is clear telescopes and binoculars brought by members are set up outside for some observation.  Members doing so will be pleased to share their scopes with others.


2.  Learn about what will be coming into view in the next few weeks with an extra talk at 9:30.


3. If you need help with some equipment then now is your chance to bring it in.  Others in our club will be more than willing to help you.  Don’t be shy, we get just as excited about a telescope bought at the charity shop for £20 as we do one costing many times more.


4. Just socialise with others - about anything!


We look forward to seeing you.  No need to book - just turn up.


Proposed Programme for 2018-19

(Subject to Change)

September 12th

Roger O'Brien

'oumuamua and other things out there

October 10th

Mark Thompson

The Bayfordbury Observatory

November 14th

Martin Braddock

Artificial Gravity

December 12th

Alice Sheppard

Galaxy Zoo

January 9th

Martin Hardcastle

Surveying the sky for radio galaxies

February 13th

Paul Money

Images of the Universe - Part 3

March 13th

Alistair Scott

Britain in Space

April 10th

John Timmins

Telescope Choices

May 8th

Bob Marriott

Silver-on-Glass Revolution and AGM

June 12th

Jerry Stone

Apollo 11 - 50 years on the Moon