Airbus Defence and Space’s Mars rover model features to be one of the star attractions at an event aimed at inspiring school children’s interest in science, engineering and technology.
Launched by Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan, the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering aims to open new doors into the world of manufacturing and engineering, paving the way for a new skilled workforce in Wiltshire.
Key event supporter Airbus Defence and Space Group, Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide, has confirmed that a full scale model of their ExoMars Rover, will take centre stage on their stand at Festival of Engineering at Chippenham’s Olympiad Leisure Centre on 28th September.
ExoMars, as it is known, will be a six-wheeled robot tasked with finding signs of past or present life, with the mission set to be launched to the Red Planet in 2020. The UK division of Airbus Defence and Space will assemble the rover from parts built across member states of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Earlier this year British ESA astronaut Tim Peake successfully drove the prototype ExoMars Rover “Bridget” live from the International Space Station in an experiment to look at how humans and robotics can work together.
Paul Kahn, President of Airbus Group UK: “We are very pleased to have been able to support the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering. Events like this play a vital role in showcasing the world leading technologies and products that are being developed here in the UK and encouraging young people to pursue a career in STEM.”
Michelle Donelan said: “Airbus are one of the world’s leading defence and space companies and are a huge global and local employer of high-tech, creative design and manufacturing jobs. Like me, they are incredibly committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers and I know that the model Mars rover will be a spectacular sight for all those who attend.
About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. Its activities include space, military aircraft and related systems and services. It employs more than 38,000 people, including hundreds at their site near Chippenham, and in 2015 generated revenues of over 13 billion Euros.