Professor Hugh Lewis

Professor Hugh Lewis

Professor of Astronautics

Research interests

  • Space debris
  • Space sustainability
  • Safety of spaceflight

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Hugh is a Professor of Astronautics, a member of the Astronautics Research Group at the University of Southampton, and co-director of the Centre of Excellence in In-situ and Remote Intelligent Sensing. He has worked in the fields of space debris and space sustainability for more than 20 years and is the author of the DAMAGE space debris model. Hugh represents the UK Space Agency at meetings of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) where he chairs Working Group 2 (which is focused on space debris modelling). Hugh has also represented the UK Space Agency at Scientific and Technical Sub-Committee meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) as an expert on space debris, space operations and space situational awareness. In addition, he was a UK Space Agency delegate to the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group, which was set-up by the UN COPUOS to develop plans for spacecraft to monitor and mitigate the threat that asteroids and comets pose to the Earth. He provides expert opinion to space industry and academic committees, and commentary to journalists worldwide. Hugh has appeared on the BBC's Horizon television programme and in a special feature accompanying the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the movie "Gravity".