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FBIS, Commercial Space Advisor
Biography.- Phil Mills has worked in Aerospace since 1974 first of all by serving in the UK Royal Air Force from 1974 to 1987, gaining valuable experience in aviation engineering completing various aircraft and missile system engineering courses then later with British Aerospace Saudi Arabia 1988 to 1999 as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist Technician Trainer teaching Saudi Nationals aircraft engineering. After a break he returned to Saudi Arabia this time with BAE SYSTEMS as an Aircraft Accessory Repair Specialist, specialising in Flight control systems and Pneudraulics and training Saudi Nationals.
Phil is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and was a Member of the BIS Soviet/Russian Space Programme history group. He presented and published technical papers such as Refuelling Salyut Orbital Stations and Design of Salyut Orbital Stations in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. This work included analysis of engineering aspects of Soviet Space technology when it was still largely an unknown in the West and he realised the design of the TKS and Military Salyut when they were still secret. These vehicle designs are still used today on the ISS and in the commercial Space company Excalibur Almaz.
By the turn of the 21st Century Phil began to have doubts on the development of Space with its emphasis on government programs such as the Shuttle and had taken an interest in commercial space developments particularly with the Leasing of the Mir Orbital Station by Mir Corp in the 1990’s This led to Phil joining the Space Advocacy organisation Space Frontier Foundation and later been voted in as an advocate. Phil met some of the leading players in the NewSpace movement and became familiar with the key people in the commercial space industry. He also set up a Space related Scale models production company NewSpace models to manufacture display and sell NewSpace related scale models and has displayed models at Space Frontier Foundation conferences in Las Vegas and Washington DC. This led to contracts to produce models for the National Security Space Office and Moon Society/ National Space Society Space Solar Power Advocate group in 2008. Phil has also built models for the BBC.
With over 32 years in aerospace Phil’s knowledge of the developments in space technology will bring to Ihrenes Space Enterprises experience of the workings of commercial space with its emphasis on the NewSpace industry. Phil is also a member of the AIAA, the British Planetary Society, the NSS and the Moon Society.