A Right Royal Start
With the help of some sweet renditions by the Prisma girl’s choir, the King of Sweden, His Majesty, Carl XVI Gustaf, opened the biennial AIAA Space Ops 2012 conference. This conference is for those scientists and engineers most closely involved in the operating of spacecraft, both manned and unmanned. As he did so, His Majesty mentioned the benefits of spacecraft monitoring in helping the world’s environment – a subject close to his heart.
His Majesty. the King of Sweden. opens the Space Ops Conference. Courtesy: Ascend/David Todd
Of course, Sweden’s space programme which is most strongly associated with launching sounding rockets from Kiruna, also has an interest in satellite technology via SSC (formerly the Swedish Space Corporation). It was in this context that industry expert Sven Grahn even joked that his Majesty once put his name on the Astrid 2 spacecraft and then openly wondered “Who will read it?” It was a fair point.
Overall the SpaceOps conference was well organised with some good opportunities to make social and business connections. Stockholm is a very nice city as well.
The organisers even provided a free lunch in the exhibition area which pleased most and ...