We are really pleased to welcome back The European Space Agency (ESA) to Destination Star Trek for 2021.

We are really pleased to welcome back The European Space Agency (ESA) to Destination Star Trek for 2021.

The team from ESA will be available to meet at the event, and will be showcasing their latest efforts in space travel on their stand within the event, so make sure you stop by and see them.  The team will also be taking part in a series of free to attend stage talks, covering all aspects of their work, combined with their own love of Star Trek, so don’t miss out!


About ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

For more information about their work visit their website




Andrea Boyd (PAROS)

Mechatronic Engineer stationed as Deputy of Astronaut Operations at the European Astronaut Centre, Andrea’s day job for 10 years has been with Mission Control for the ISS: the closest thing on and off Earth to Starfleet.

Starfleet Officers and Space Engineering: weird is part of the job

The International Space Station has gone through quite a transformation these last couple of years! It’s still the closest thing ever to Starfleet. Andrea will take you through the new and improved ISS, Mission Control, the new SpaceX crew launch plus water landing experience as well as answering the question: how do you become an astronaut?




Aybike Kolmas

Computer Scientist and Astrophysicist working as a spacecraft engineer for the Cluster mission at ESA’s operation centre in Darmstadt. Aybi operates four spacecraft which measure the effects of the solar winds on the Earth’s magnetosphere.

Have you tried turning it off and on again?! Spacecraft in Eclipses

ESA longest running mission (in space for 21 years!) and the brutal force of space on its satellites! What do you do when your batteries are broken and your only power supply, the Sun’s energy, is gone due to the Earth’s shadow? Find out in this talk from a Cluster’s spacecraft operations engineer




Simon Wood

Spacecraft operations engineer working on the Mars Express flight control team. ESA’s first Mars mission and has been orbiting the red planet since 2003. It still delivers amazing science every day and Simon and the Mars Express team are working to ensure it continues to do so.

Hailing Frequencies Open

Star Trek subspace communications allow instant contact over large distance. For our current spacecraft the ability to communicate plays a critical role in mission operations. When combined with a dynamic solar system that’s constantly in motion, this presents a challenge that require epic engineering for ESA’s spacecraft to carry out their missions.




Neil Melville

Falling out the sky on a regular basis as ESA’s Parabolic Flight Coordinator. Also Systems Engineer for many experiments on the ISS, Russian Capsules, and sub-orbital Sounding Rockets.

Falling for the Federation

“Geordi, turn off the gravity plating!” Presenting the “How?”, “What?” and “Why?” of ESA using weightlessness on Parabolic Flights for a huge variety of scientific research, including advances towards many Star Trek technologies.




Nadine Boersma

Technical Officer and Payload System Engineer for Human Spaceflight projects, developing biological and medical experiment hardware to be flown on the ISS or used in remote areas (Antarctica).

Please state the nature of the medical emergency

Currently we don’t live in space, but survive. How can we change this and not end up as medical emergencies at the end of a space mission? A look into real space medicine experiments to improve live in space and on Earth from an engineering perspective.




Csilla Orgel

Planetary Geologist/Science Officer at ESA’s ESTEC spaceship designing future exploration missions and landing sites on Mars and the Moon.

Destination Mars!

In Star Trek we see quite often that different resources, e.g. minerals on planets can be localised within a few minutes from very long distances. In reality, we need a number of orbiters and landers to open up the planetary secrets. How do we study and characterize potential landing sites for future missions on Mars?





Charlotte Goetz

Research Fellow at ESA, working on plasma and magnetic fields of comets and Mars. Favourite spacecraft: Rosetta, favourite moon: Didymoon, favourite spaceship: USS Prometheus

Is the USS Voyager actually just a comet?

You might have thought that the USS Voyager is a federation starship, but it is actually much more comet-like than you know. We will explore the comet-ness of starships, stations, and obviously comets, in the Star Trek Universe and how and why at ESA we study comets in today’s world.




Aidan Cowley (PAROS)

Science officer at EAC, part of the ExPeRT (Exploration Preparation, Research and Technology) team, background in materials, computer science and electronics. Working on technologies and concepts for exploration of the moon and beyond.

Spaceship EAC – Technology for Human Spaceflight and the Final Frontier

SpaceshipEAC is inventing future technologies featured in Star trek! Replicators – hello 3d printers, the forerunner to replicators. Holodecks? We develop VR for future exploration and training. Augmented Reality headsets a là Jem’Hadr from DS9? We develop those as well. This talk will go over the large inventory of what we at ESA will develop for future exploration and links with technologies featured in the Trek canon.




Hannah Laurens

Space Physicist working as a Space Weather Applications Scientist in ESA’s Space Safety Program. From Solar Weather to Ionospheric Conditions and everything in between, Hannah and the ESOC team has Earth and its satellites covered.

Space Weather in the 24th Century: Can Solar Flares really destroy a civilization? Electromagnetic disturbances, communication dropouts and one ruthless clown!

The Star Trek take on a very real 21st century technological problem. Major and minor implications of solar flares throughout Trek history with a look to our own future on how ESA’s current and upcoming missions can help us to tackle the effects of Space Weather.




David Gomez Otero

Space Segment Engineer at ESA’s ECSAT working with satellite technologies and creating a new communications system: Moonlight.

Moonlight: Talking to the Moon

As humans are planning their return to the Moon, ESA is working on a new lunar communications and navigation infrastructure that will pave the way for a permanent base on the lunar surface.




All the above talks will be taking place over the three days of Destination Star Trek in November.  Times of the talks will be published soon, with the main event timetable schedule.

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