7 Thursday 07 February HQ Lecture

Sold Out - Astronaut Training and Human Space Flight - The Next Steps

Due to the popularity of this lecture, this lecture is now fully booked. If you have not pre-registered to attend, you will not be allowed into the lecture.  If you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please contact the conference & events department on 020 7670 4345 or email conference@aerosociety.com 

Since his selection in 2009 for astronaut training with the European Space Agency, Major Tim Peake has experienced weightlessness, spent 12 days living under the ocean simulating a mission to an asteroid, qualified for spacewalking, lived in a cave for a week and much more. In his talk "Astronaut training and human space flight - the next steps", Tim will give a unique insight into what it takes to prepare for spaceflight and the challenges awaiting Human Spaceflight beyond the International Space Station.

A reception will follow this lecture, which has kindly been sponsored by:






This lecture has followed on from the success of the Space Group Lecture given by Elon Musk, CEO of Space X, which was fully booked more than 2 months before the lecture!

All RAeS Lectures are free to attend and we welcome both Members and Non Members.

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Why not listen to the lecture by Piers Sellers at the 2010 Wilbur & Orville Wright Named Lecture on the AeroSociety Podcast?


Upon becoming an Army Air Corps officer in 1992, Peake served on attachment with the Royal Green Jackets as a Platoon Commander in Northern Ireland, prior to commencing flying training. He was awarded his Army Flying Wings in 1994.

Between 1994 and 1998 he served as a reconnaissance pilot and flight commander in Germany, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Kenya and Canada. He also qualified as a Combat Survival and Rescue Instructor and a Flight Safety Officer.

Peake qualified as a helicopter flying instructor in 1998 prior to being selected for an exchange posting with the US Army, flying Apache helicopters at Fort Hood, Texas.(1999-2002). On his return to the UK, Peake was employed as an Apache helicopter instructor from 2002 to 2005, during which time he was instrumental in introducing the Apache into service with the British Army.

On completion of test pilot training, Peake served with Rotary Wing Test Squadron, Boscombe Down, between 2006 and 2009. He was the senior Apache test pilot in addition to test pilot for Special Forces aircraft projects. He was also the Squadron Training Officer and qualified as a Post Crash Management Incident Officer.

On retirement from the British Army in 2009, Peake was employed as a helicopter test pilot for AgustaWestland, flying Apache, Lynx, EH101 and A109 aircraft. He has logged over 3000 hours flying time on more than 30 types of helicopter and fixed wing aircraft, including the Hawk, Dakota, Harvard and Mi-17.

Peake was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. He joined ESA in September 2009 and successfully completed Astronaut Basic Training in November 2010. Among other duties, he received Eurocom certification, om September 2011 which allows him to be responsible for the communication between the astronauts in orbit and the ground during spaceflights.

Peake was appointed as an ambassador for UK Science and space-based careers in 2009 and is involved in working with the UK Space Agency in developing the UK’s microgravity research programme. He is currently based at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.

On 11 June 2012 Tim spent 12 days in an underwater base almost 20 m below the sea for NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO. NEEMO allows space agencies to test technologies and research international crew behaviour for long-duration missions. 


Event venue:
Royal Aeronautical Society

No.4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ


When:Thursday, 07 February 2013 18:00 - 19:00

Type:HQ Lecture

Specialist Grp:Space

Speaker(s):Major Tim Peake, Astronaut, European Space Agency

Location:Royal Aeronautical Society view map

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