An update on a UK Astronaut’s training

With all the talk over the last few weeks being about the end of the Space Shuttle I thought i’d instil a bit of hope to the future of the space industry here in the UK.

Major Tim Peake could become the first Astronaut to go into space solely on a British passport and without private funding. I caught up with him a couple of weeks ago at the UK Space Conference to find out if he was any closer to a journey to the stars…

Currently he is yet to be assigned to a specific flight, and apparently ‘bilateral’ discussions between Jean-Jacques Dordain (Director General of the European Space Agency) and David Willetts MP (UK Science and Universities Minister) got quite heated when the subject of Major Tim’s flight was mentioned. Mainly because the UK doesn’t pay into ESA’s human spaceflight programme, but would still like to enjoy its benefits.

 

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