RAF Air Cadets countdown for International Space Camp

28 Jan 2020

Four lucky RAF Air Cadets plus an adult volunteer will soon be on a mission to Space Camp USA. 

Selected for the first ever space scholarships offered to Royal Air Force Air Cadets, these young ambassadors will represent the UK in a new partnership between the RAF Air Cadets and Kallman Worldwide.

The Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship is a non-profit organisation under the patronage of former Apollo 15 astronaut, Colonel Al Worden (USAF Retired) funded by proceeds from every Kallman USA Partnership Pavilion at leading aerospace and defence exhibitions around the world, plus sponsors, donors and partners.  Awards are based on merit as determined by select stakeholders in participating air show communities, and reviewed by a Space Camp team including Worden.

This exciting partnership will see cadets heading to US Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama next summer.  Since 1982, Space Camp USA has been inspiring students from several nations to work as teams to complete simulated space missions, offering a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience life as a trainee astronaut.   The initiative to extend this project to RAF Air Cadets will be formally launched by Col Worden at the New Scientist Live exhibition at the ExCel Centre in London on 10 Oct 19.

The Endeavour Scholarships are named in honour of Col Worden USAF Retired, who was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1972.  Now a global advocate for space, STEM and youth aerospace, Col Worden is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon.  His record-setting mission included 74 solar lunar orbits in the Command Module “Endeavour”.

This ground-breaking project highlights the recent work to develop a space syllabus in the RAF Air Cadets, reflecting the RAF’s lead in this environment. In Jul 19, astronaut, Major Tim Peake and RAF Air Cadet Ambassador, Hon Gp Capt Carol Vorderman RAFAC, launched the new space syllabus, which has been developed with the support of the Open University, at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. 

The selection process for the scholarships will be announced shortly but one thing is for sure, the RAF Air Cadets expect a lot of applicants!

Quote: Gp Capt Al Lewis of the RAF Air Cadets said: “We are thrilled to have been invited to join this amazing project and are extremely grateful to Kallman Worldwide and Col Worden for enabling RAF Air Cadets to participate in this unique Space Camp.  Their generous sponsorship of four young people and an adult instructor is much appreciated; we now have the tough challenge of selecting the very best cadets to experience this next generation camp and I wish all applicants the best of luck.”

“As a lifelong advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and exploration, I am deeply honoured and excited to lend my name and experience to this international Space Camp program”, Said Colonel Worden.  “When you consider the decades of rigor and discipline it’s going to take to successfully put people from Earth on Mars, we need to pick up the pace.  The pipeline for STEM talent can handle a lot more volume”.

 

If this sounds like something you think your cadets or staff may be interested in applying for- you can find more information on ACTO 108 and TG108 on Bader.

Cadets have to be year 11 or equivalent when they go on camp.

 

Media queries: F/L Philip Walker 0780 1688313 or Denise Parker 07826554077
Media contact for Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship: Philippa Ewart 07730 817 825

 

 

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