Let's go for a spin! UK Closing Event at QinetiQ

On 12 June, Mission X students got the chance to spin their teacher!

Students from 3 Mission X schools, Kingswinford in Dudley, Northbury in Barking and Dagenham and Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College in Essex, completed their Mission X programme at QinetiQ's long-arm human centrifuge facility.

Mission X students found out how astronauts train for launch and landing in the centrifuge, made famous in the James Bond Moonraker film. Students also had the opportunity to meet space tourist, Per Wimmer, to discuss his astronaut training and to take part in some Mission X exercises. Finally the Royal Aeronautical Society Library gave a presentation on spaceflight over the years.

Several brave teachers then participated in the centrifuge experience, with their health and performance monitored by their students.

Dr Jon Scott from QinetiQ, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Mission X to our centrifuge facility in Farnborough and to give children and teachers the chance to really see and experience what astronauts go through in G-exposure and G-acceleration training. We usually use the facility for space and fast-jet training and research but this is the first time we have had teachers experience the centrifuge! We hope that the children have enjoyed the Mission X programme and feel inspired to take up a career in science, engineering or technology in the future.”

QinetiQ Centrifuge
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health tests centrifuge
health tests centrifuge
QinetiQ centrifuge experiment progress
QinetiQ centrifuge