Spaceport Cornwall Opens the First of Three Planned Educational Exhibitions10th Aug 2021
On 2nd August, Spaceport Cornwall opened an exhibition for the public aimed at educating visitors about future spaceport operations and modern space technologies. The gem of the exhibition is the replica of Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket, scheduled to take off from the spaceport next year. The exhibition, called Story of a Satellite, is located mere yards from the future launchpad. This project is the first in a series of three educational exhibitions planned by the spaceport.
Spaceport Cornwall Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
Joe Biden and Boris Johnson already attended the current exhibition at Spaceport Cornwall during the latest G7 summit. The Story of a Satellite will remain open till the end of the summer holidays, giving school students a chance to learn more about the space industry and its latest technologies.
The second exhibition planned by the spaceport will be hosted in Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. The project, called Step Into Space, will focus on Cornwall history and future space tech potential.
The third and final exhibition will be dedicated to satellite technology. All three exhibitions are funded by the £150,000 grant to help Spaceport Cornwall support space and STEM education programmes.
Spaceport Representatives on Space Exhibitions
Melissa Thorpe, Spaceport Cornwall interim head, is excited to welcome people to the new exhibitions. She adds that the 70-feet LauncherOne rocket replica is the star of the current event and hopes the public will be eager to see it.
The G7 representatives who already had a chance to visit the exhibition attended the Story of a Satellite during lockdown. Now, Spaceport Cornwall is available to the public – especially school students who could potentially become interested in space careers. Melissa Thorpe adds that the Spaceport Cornwall team has been working on many exciting developments in the past eight years but could not share the insight with the public until recently.