What is SpaceUp?

SpaceUp is a space unconference, where participants decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. Everyone who attends SpaceUp is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion. Sessions are proposed and scheduled on the day they’re given, which means the usual “hallway conversations” turn into full-fledged topics. Find more details about SpaceUp Events.


Keynote speakers

Irene Gallou, Partner Head of Specialist Modelling Group at Foster + Partners

Irene is the head of the Specialist Modelling Group, the practice’s research and development unit specialising in building physics, simulation, complex geometrical problems and digital fabrication. She joined the practice in 2006, and has been involved in innovation projects such as post occupancy evaluation of buildings, large scale 3D printing in steel and concrete, and 3D printed extra-terrestrial habitations for the Moon and Mars.


Russ Strand & Martyn Turner, Crusade Rocketry

Crusade Rocketry was formed in 2017 when amateur high-power rocketry enthusiasts Martyn Turner, Russ Strand, and Keith Strand decided they wanted to build and launch something big…. really big.

They are planning to build and launch a full-scale replica of the Black Knight rocket that was a product of the early British Space Programme. While their Black Knight replica will not reach space, it is expected to fly to several thousand feet and provide for a truly memorable experience.

The path to this goal, culminating in a launch, is intended to honour the legacy of the British Space Programme, as well as inspiring young people in education to pursue STEM subjects.

VIDEO CALL – Will Marshall, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Planet


Will Marshall is the Co-Founder and CEO of Planet. He leads overall strategy for commercialising new geospatial tools and analytics that are disrupting agriculture, mapping, energy, the environment, and other vertical markets. Prior to Planet, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he worked on missions “LADEE” and “LCROSS”, served as Co-Principal Investigator on PhoneSat, and was the technical lead on research projects in space debris remediation. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and his Masters in Physics with Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester. Will was a Postdoctoral Fellow at George Washington University and Harvard.