UK Space Agency launches spacesuit design competition

Posted on 5 Sep 2014 by The Manufacturer

The UK Space Agency have teamed up with children's TV show Blue Peter to design the mission patch for a British astronaut.

British ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Tim Peake will wear a mission patch designed by a young viewer when he travels to the International Space Station in November 2015.

The competition is in conjunction with the UK Space Agency;the agency responsible for ensuring that the UK has a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications.

Peake says: “During my 6 month stay on-board the International Space Station, I will be involved in a wide variety of scientific experiments and research, such as medicine, how our bodies adapt to life in space and advancing our understanding of planet Earth. These activities benefit us here on Earth, as well as paving the way for future space exploration. The mission patch could reflect some of the challenging and exciting elements of my mission and our culture of exploration.”

Minister for Universities, Science and Cities Greg Clark said: “This is one of many opportunities for young people to get involved in the mission, which will shape the future of Britain’s space programme. I hope all viewers will reach for the stars and enter this competition, which could see them meet the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station.”

Peake will be the first British ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station and was selected from 8000 to become one of ESA’s astronauts.

The winner will be announced November 20.