space-ist: "one who studies and is knowledgeable across multiple disciplines of the space endeavour."

Interdisciplinary expertise and consultancy in aero/space and education.

SpaceX CRS-15 launch plume at sunrise 29 June 2018 (C Welch photo)

About provides consultancy services of its Principal, Dr Chris Welch, a highly-experienced interdisciplinary aero/space engineer and educator, as well as other members of the space-ist network as required.
Dr Chris Welch: "I am a former academic, most recently Full Professor of Astronautics and Space Engineering at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, where I was Head of the Space Payloads Laboratory and Director of the interdisciplinary MSc in Space Studies. Although initially a physicist and later an aerospace engineer, after more than 30 years of working and teaching in interdisciplinary environments, I am now a freelance ‘space-ist’ with expertise and knowledge across multiple disciplines of the aero/space endeavour.

I am also a former President of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS),  one-time Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation and a member of the then European Commission H2020 Space Advisory Committee. In addition, I am a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society respectively and have been an advisor on two enquiries into UK space policy

I am a frequent commentator on space and astronautics and have made more than 300 television and radio broadcasts. I also have a significant track record in both space education/outreach and in higher education, receiving the 2009 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education and 2015 IAF Distinguished Service Award. In 2019 I was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics.

In other areas of the space endeavour, I was one of the final twenty candidates for the 1991 UK-USSR Juno mission to the Mir space station, I have written what I believe to be the first ever paper on extraterrestrial garden design, and I wrote a poem that orbited the Earth on the International Space Station for more that three years."

Please contact me for an initial consultation, to assess your requirements and how I can best help.

For more information about my experience and achievements, please see my  LinkedIn profile."

Upcoming activities

Recent activities

Advisory roles

  • Global Advisor - Space for Space Hero, the world‘s first-ever global competition series where contestants compete for a $55-million, 10-day trip to Space; the biggest prize ever awarded on TV.
  • Editorial Board Member - ROOM Space Journal
  • Adviser - Adapa360, producers of 360° content and digital twins.
  • Trustee - Aluna Foundation,   creating world’s largest Moon and Tide Clock to be located at 0° longitude on the Greenwich Peninsula, London.

Hydra-2 ICE-cubes payload on ISS (ESA photo)