Out of this world exhibition

3-2-1 we have lift off! The rocket that will launch Virgin Orbit’s first satellite into space from Cornwall, with involvement from students at Truro and Penwith College, is now available for the public to see up-close.

Well, a replica anyway. A large model of Virgin Orbit’s, LauncherOne rocket, is the centre piece of a new exhibition ‘Story Of A Satellite’ that opened to the public on Monday 02 August at Newquay Airport and also highlights the College’s role in the exciting Spaceport Cornwall project. LauncherOne will launch satellites from Cornwall next summer, with Kernow Sat 1 due to be the first satellite that will be sent into space.

Students will work with the College’s new Cornwall Space and Aerospace Technology Training project (CSATT), in collaboration with Spaceport Cornwall’s Outreach Team to build components such as receivers and sensors that will support the launch. Members of staff from the College’s Engineering dept and CSATT project joined Spaceport Cornwall last week at a preview of the exhibition.

The exciting model of Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne was presented to world leaders during the recent G7 summit, including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

The new Spaceport Cornwall exhibition is the first of three, with the second set to be hosted at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro and a third at the Eden Project. Future exhibitions will showcase Cornwall’s history and future links with space, with the final exhibit focussing on satellites and how they will play a role in future scientific and environmental discovery.

The Cornish satellite, Kernow Sat 1, will support scientific studies of the environment, including ocean plastic pollution and coastal erosion, issues important to everyone living in Cornwall and beyond. Experts believe Cornwall's emerging space and aerospace sector has the potential to create thousands of jobs and add £1 billion to the Cornish economy. 

The College recently launched its Cornwall Space and Aerospace Technology Training project (CSATT) and is working with Spaceport Cornwall, Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd, Aerospace Cornwall, University of Leicester, The Open University, University of Exeter, and employers to develop training and future skills needed for the long-term success of the sector. The College has already started ‘skills discussions’ with employers to develop the content of the new training, with a range of new short courses being introduced in September 2021, shortly followed by the South West’s first Space Engineering Technician Apprenticeship in 2022.

The College’s CSATT project has established the first dedicated space training centre in the South West, from Truro College’s new £7 million Valancy building, part of the South West Institute of Technology. 
The project team is made up of experts in space and satellite technology, led by Dr Heidi Thiemann, an astronomer and experienced space sector educationalist who formerly led SpaceCareers.uk.

Find out more by clicking the link below:

Cornwall Space and Aerospace Technology Training (CSATT) (truro-penwith.ac.uk)