Tim Peake’s Return to Space Brings Hope of STEM Promotion

Credit to NASA

British astronaut Tim Peake is returning to space on his second mission to boost space sector and promote STEM, confirmed Business Secretary Greg Clark.

On his second mission, Tim will be working on the scientific research, promoting careers built on technical education, known as STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

The STEM sector in the UK needs to change and attract more students, especially females, to retain rich.

According to the latest WES Statistics (March 2016), the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe.

More importantly, a huge shortage of engineering professionals in the UK causes a threat to the engineering business.

  • 64% of engineering employers say that the situation is worrying for their business.
  • 32% of companies across sectors currently have difficulties recruiting experienced STEM staff
  • 20% find it difficult to recruit entrants to STEM

The UK needs to significantly increase the number of people studying STEM.

Mr Clark, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, says that the first Tim Peake’s Principia mission inspired a generation, and showed just how far science can take you.

Credit: NASA

Major Peake became Britain’s first official astronaut in December 2015 when he spent six months on board the ISS.

His mission was named Principia after Sir Isaac Newton’s landmark work describing the laws of motion and gravity.

During his time in space he worked up to 14 hours a day, participating in experiments devised by scientists from around the world.

Peake finished his 186-day Principia mission working on the ISS for Expedition 46/47 when he landed back on Earth on 18 June 2016.

Peake’s second mission brings hopes that the space sector will boost considerably.

‘ Building on excellent foundations, our ambition is to capture 10% of the space market by 2030 and ensure the UK space industry is a global leader in the decades ahead’, says Mr Clark.

He adds that the mission will also add £152 million fund, which will be set for international projects monitoring and addressing problems such as flooding, drought and deforestation in satellite technology.

It will help to address significant technology use for social and environmental issues including crop loss, illegal fishing and emergency response.


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