Join us on Friday 4th September for Uplink 23: The Struggle For Space: all the hot topics and the challenges facing us as we reach for the stars. We’ll be joined by space warfare expert, Bleddyn Bowen and satellite launch and space activities expert Jonathan McDowell. We’ll be live from 8pm (BST) / 9pm (CEST) here (don’t forget to subscribe).


Bleddyn Bowen

With a doctorate in spacepower theory, Bleddyn Bowen is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leicester. He is a leading expert in the fields of space warfare and security and policy – especially in relation to the space policy of superpowers, space arms control and the politics of space debris, space mining, and resource sharing in space. His primary research interests concern modern warfare, politics, and security in outer space, as well as classical strategic theory. Bleddyn is an internationally recognised academic expert in space warfare, the military use of outer space, and astropolitics. At the University of Leicester he provides research-led teaching in the specialist module ‘Politics and War in Outer Space’. Often quoted in the media as an expert in space policy, Bleddyn also provides information to industry and policy communities in the UK space and defence sectors. He has appeared before the UK House of Commons’ Exiting The EU Select Committee to provide evidence on the impact of Brexit on UK space policy and the UK’s involvement in EU space projects.


Jonathan McDowell

Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts as a staff member at the Chandra X-Ray Center. Highly sensitive to X-Ray sources, the Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO) is a space telescope that was launched aboard Space Shuttle Columbia in 1999. Jonathan’s main areas of research include: cosmological microwave background, emerging galaxy microwaves, and quasars. In his spare time, he researches the history of spaceflight and for 30 years he has produced Jonathan’s Space Report, an email newsletter documenting satellite launches. In 1994, Jonathan published a history of the North American X-15 spaceplane and the year before, an asteroid was named after him: 4589 McDowell.


Join us on Friday at 8pm (BST) / 9pm (CEST) to watch and join in at our Youtube channel. You can also catch past episodes of Uplink and subscribe for news about forthcoming editions.