Goonhilly Earth Station near Helston (Image: Bad Wolf Horizon)
A competition has been launched to inspire the next generation of space scientists.
As part of the Government-backed competition young people are being asked to design a ‘nanosatellite’ with the winning entry destined for space.
As G7 and COP26 hosts, the design will also support the UK’s ambitious net zero targets by helping to monitor the effects of climate change.
Young people will have the chance to send their own small satellite into space as a competition to inspire the next generation of British space scientists and entrepreneurs launches today.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was at Goonhilly Earth Station near Helston, Cornwall to announce the contest, which is looking for nanosatellite designs that can help support the UK’s ambitious decarbonisation targets.
Nanosatellites are small satellites which can be used to gather scientific data, such as on climate change, as well as improving data for satellite navigation systems – making journeys better for everyone across Britain.
In 2022, the UK is set to become the first country in Europe to host small satellite launches, with Spaceport Cornwall, in Newquay, set to be the first operational spaceport.
Mr Shapps said: “As hosts of the G7 and with the first space launches from British soil firmly within our grasp, I want to support the UK’s brightest minds and creative ideas to launch this exciting competition.
“This will help to secure a future spaceflight legacy for Great Britain, by inspiring young adults to build the skills needed to work within this growing sector.”
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