As British astronaut Tim Peake prepares to make history on Tuesday 15th December, Cranfield University’s Professor David Cullen is taking part in the Science Museum’s events to commemorate the momentous occasion.

Mr Peake will lift off in a Russian rocket from Kazakhstan and will become the first British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) with the European Space Agency. 

In celebration of this mission, Professor Cullen will give two talks about flying humans in miniature spacecraft and will comment on current research into how human beings might respond to conditions in deep space, beyond earth’s orbit such as on a journey to Mars. The talks will focus on BAMMsat - a spacecraft the size of a shoebox - that will be used in areas of research including human cell biology as well as other medical studies, fundamental biology, astrobiology and material science.

There are over 50 free events across the Science Museum on Tuesday, which is set to be its biggest ever space celebration.  Professor Cullen’s talks will take place from 7.25pm – 7.50pm and from 8.35pm – 9.00pm.

Earth from space
Earth from space

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Cranfield Aerospace

Cranfield is the number one university in Europe for aerospace. We are the only university in Europe to own and run an airport and to have airline status. We have been at the forefront of aerospace technology for 70 years.

As the UK's most business-engaged University, we have long-term relationships and close commercial partnerships with many companies in the sector including Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing and Rolls-Royce.

Our education, research and consultancy is enhanced by our world-class facilities including the National Flying Laboratory Centre – a unique national asset which provides a hands-on, flying experience, along with flight deck simulators and industrial-scale gas turbine engine test facilities used for performance and diagnostic studies. The Aerospace Integration Research Centre, a £35 million innovative centre built in partnership with Airbus and Rolls-Royce, fosters collaboration between industry and academia. A new £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre will also be built at Cranfield to spearhead the UK’s research into digital aviation technology.

Notable Cranfield alumni include Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce plc and Ralph Hooper, who attended the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield in 1946 and went on to become one of the UK’s most important post-war aircraft designers, creating the Hawker Harrier jump jet.