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Britain's First ESA Astronaut to Launch Futures Day at the Farnborough Airshow

July 3, 2014



LONDON, July 3 -- The ADS Group issued the following news release:

Tim Peake, Britain's first European Space Agency astronaut will open the Futures Day activities at the Farnborough International Airshow on Friday 18 July. Futures Day sees the Airshow throw open its doors to thousands of young people. These students will take part in an extensive programme of hands on activity laid on by industry in what has become the biggest STEM outreach of the aerospace and defence sectors.

Tim retired from the British Army Air Corps in 2009 and applied for one of six places on the European Space Agency's astronaut training programme. He beat more than 8,000 other applicants to the role and will next year become the first British ESA astronaut in space, as he undertakes a long-duration mission to the International Space Station.

Tim Peake commented:

"These are exciting times for the UK in space. We have some fascinating European scientific and exploration missions going ahead, which will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. And the UK is home to an incredibly successful and ambitious space industry that continues to grow year on year. Meeting the targets of creating 100,000 new jobs by 2030 will rely on attracting the right people into this sector. And I know from experience that the same goes for the aerospace and defence sectors too.

"Futures Day is a great way to showcase the enormous variety of opportunities that these industries offer to young people. I am looking forward to opening the event, and taking part in some of the exciting activities throughout the day."

The UK space sector contributes more than GBP9bn to the economy each year, and employs over 30,000 highly-skilled engineers, technicians and scientists. The sector has set a target to capture 10% of the projected GBP400bn global space market by 2030, with 70 per cent of what is made, exported internationally.

Futures Day at Farnborough International Airshow 2014 has been designed to give groups of young people aged 11 to 21 a chance to see the exciting career opportunities available in Aerospace, Defence and Space.

Groups from schools, universities and youth associations can experience the exciting prospects available through an interactive, informative and engaging programme that has been designed to allow them to see first-hand the variety, innovation and expertise that makes a career in these sectors so rewarding.

Tim will also be present at the Airshow on Saturday and Sunday to speak to the public on the European Space Agency stand in the Space Zone in Hall 3.

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