Mark Hempsell

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Mark Hempsell is a British aerospace engineer and CEO of Hempsell Astronautics Ltd.[1] which is currently designing the Universal Space Interface Standard (USIS), a system which aims to standardise berthing, docking and attachment of satellites and other spacecraft.[2] Mark formerly worked at Reaction Engines Limited,[3][4] where he was a member of the board of directors as the Future Programmes Director.[5]

He has a BSc in Physics from Imperial College London and Masters in Astronomy and Astronautics from Hatfield university.[5] As a Business Development Manager he ran infrastructure studies on launch systems (BAe HOTOL, MacDonnell Douglas Delta Clipper), European space stations and the BAe Multirole Capsule.[5]

He was the president of the British Interplanetary Society from 1997 to 2000 and from 2015 to the present, and was editor of the JBIS periodical from 2005-2009.[5]

A Sumerian Observation of the Köfels' Impact Event[edit]

Hempsell got public audience as author of the book "A Sumerian Observation of the Köfels' Impact Event", with Alan Bond building a theory not accepted in Science, which describes an asteroid impact at Köfels (Alps) causing a heat downwash far away in the region of Sodom and Gomorrah burning that cities.[6][7]


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  2. ^ "USIS Association". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "CNN Skylon Article". CNN. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Reaction Engines Ltd. News". Reaction Engines. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "British Interplanetry Society Archives". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
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