Dr Robert Charles Parkinson MBE has worked for the Rocket Propulsion Establishment, Perme, British Aerospace, Matra Marconi and Astrium. He has had papers published in Spaceflight and JBIS. He also worked on Project Daedalus. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and was awarded the MBE in the 2002 New Years Honours List. Dr Parkinson is also President of the British Interplanetary Society and an advocate for the enthusiastic development of astronautics technology and capabilities.