Mark Williamson is an independent Space Technology Consultant, technical author and lecturer based in the UK. He is a graduate in physics and astrophysics, a Chartered Physicist, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS). Mark has more than 35 years’ experience in satellite communications engineering, technical management and space consultancy, and is an advisor to one of the world’s leading space insurance brokerages. He has also developed a subsidiary career as a writer, predominantly on space topics, and has written more than 500 articles on space technology, as well as several dozen papers on subjects as diverse as space law, space education and space history. He has also served as the editor of three international space industry magazines. Mark is the author of six books, including: ‘The Cambridge Dictionary of Space Technology’; a student text on ‘The Communications Satellite’; a book on the history of spacecraft technology; and ‘Space: The Fragile Frontier’, an academic text on sustainable development of the space environment (which was featured on The Space Show in November 2006).