in Space

Astronaut Tim Peake joins Skyrora’s Advisory Board

Posted 1 July 2020 · Add Comment

Edinburgh based space rocket company Skyrora has announced the addition of British astronaut, Tim Peake to its advisory board.

Above: British astronaut Tim Peake.
Courtesy Skyrora

Edinburgh based space rocket company Skyrora has announced the addition of British astronaut, Tim Peake to its advisory board.

The experience Tim has gained as a European Space Agency astronaut, former International Space Station (ISS) crew member, and British Army Air Corps officer will be invaluable to Skyrora as the company continues its development of the Skyrora XL rocket for providing orbital launches by 2023. Skyrora has already shown themselves as a leader within the UK space race with a recent full ground test of its second largest launch vehicle, making the UK effectively launch ready.

Volodymyr Levykin, chief executive officer at Skyrora said: “I couldn’t be more excited with Tim joining our advisory board. Tim’s knowledge, insight, and vast experience in the space industry will boost Skyrora’s efforts to become the UK’s premier and principal company for commercial rocket launches.

“Tim has been at the forefront of the space industry for years. His level of expertise will help us to gain more insight into the rapidly evolving UK space industry and sustain our rapid growth and development.

“As the UK space industry continues to grow rapidly, we must all work together and combine our multidisciplinary efforts to achieve capturing 10 percent of the global space market by 2030, as targeted by the UK government”.

Tim Peake, European Space Agency Astronaut said: “I’m delighted to be joining Skyrora’s Advisory Board and helping to support their efforts to develop a commercial rocket launch capability. The UK is well placed to become a key player in meeting the increasing need for small satellite launch opportunities and Skyrora’s innovative ideas and rapid pace of development make them an extremely exciting company to be working with.”

After a successful 17-year career in the military and aeronautical industry, Tim Peake joined the European Space Agency astronaut training programme in 2009 and took part in missions such as the ESA CAVES and NEEMO 16.

Following Tim’s successful six-month trip to the ISS managing scientific experiments for hundreds of researchers on Earth from December 2015 to June 2016, Tim led a UK countrywide tour to promote his ISS Principia mission to the younger generation.

Tim saw this as a unique opportunity to engage with students and teach them about the science and engineering behind human spaceflight. This created an educational outreach programme of more than 30 projects, engaging and inspiring more than two million school children across 10,000 schools, which is equivalent to around 15% of all school children and one in three schools in the UK.

Tim will continue with his engagement as a highly distinguished and much loved ambassador. In honour of his achievements, Tim was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2016. He was also awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering's prestigious Rooke Award in recognition of going above and beyond, promoting engineering and space to the younger generation.


* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

Future Combat Air continues to drive economic advance across the UK

Seven companies representing the breadth of innovation across the UK have signed agreements to progress opportunities to work on future combat air concepts and underpinning technologies across Team Tempest.

BAE Systems and WAE partner on fast jet development

BAE Systems and Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) have joined forces to explore how battery management and cooling technologies from the motorsport industry could be exploited to deliver efficiency and performance gains in the

CFMS study bolsters business case for regional electric aircraft

A new study from the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering, has helped the aerospace industry move a step closer to the development of regional electric aircraft.

Horizon Technologies awarded Transformational Xtender SIGINT Technology Patent

Horizon Technologies was issued a patent (US 10,727,932 B2) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on 28th July 2020, covering the company's fundamental Xtender technology, which allows the smallest UAVs and

BA's August schedule returns to more destinations

Throughout August, British Airways is resuming flying to more destinations, albeit with continued low frequencies while the impact of Covid-19 is still being felt across the globe.

Element and FRISA strengthen relationship with expanded LTA

Element Materials Technology (Element) has been awarded an expansion to the scope of its existing 10-year long term agreement (LTA) with FRISA to include all three of FRISA’s major business units: Aerospace, Force VG, Forge SC and

ODU 0201311219
See us at
DVD 2020