in Space / Events

Astronaut Al Worden on a mission to Farnborough

Posted 8 June 2016 · Add Comment

Nearly 45 years since his flight to the Moon and more than half a century since graduating from the UK's esteemed Empire Test Pilot School, the Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Al Worden will return to Farnborough this July, to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA).



Above: Astronaut Al Worden speaking at Aerogare USA, on the US International Pavilion, Paris Air Show (20 June 2015).
Copyright Kallman Worldwide

 
Worden’s visit in part will be as a designated representative of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), a not-for-profit organisation founded by the Mercury 7 astronauts. ASF advocates for STEM by promoting the fields of study and providing support for America’s most promising students.
 
Worden will be hosted by the US International Pavilion, which since 1994 has been organised at Farnborough by Kallman Worldwide, in coordination with US government agencies, including the departments of Commerce, Defense and State. He is expected to participate in numerous official events, including the Pavilion opening ceremonies, presentations and receptions.
 
Kallman and Worden first collaborated during last year’s Paris Air Show, where the astronaut entertained and inspired thousands of visitors, young and old, with the story of his Apollo mission 'Aerogare USA': the Kallman-produced public weekend celebration of US innovation in aviation.
 
“This year’s Farnborough International Airshow will feature an extraordinary cross-section of America’s aerospace industry, with highlights such as demonstration flights of the Lockheed Martin F-35 and a commemoration of the Boeing Company’s 100th anniversary sharing the spotlight with the booth-to-booth, nuts-and-bolts business of flight,” said Tom Kallman (right), president and CEO of Kallman Worldwide. “STEM connects it all. We’re proud to partner with Al Worden during Farnborough 2016 to engage and enlist our industry to promote education that will expand horizons for future pioneers.”
 
Worden’s visit to Farnborough coincides with growing global interest and investment in space exploration and commercialisation, particularly in the private sector, along with increasing development of space-based weapons to support national defence strategies. Worden notes these trends forecast a growing job market in space, and an imperative for peaceful nations to take the lead in developing the future space workforce.
 
“As one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon — on tax-payer funded flights — I can tell you there has never been a shortage of people who want to explore space,” said Worden. “As technology and financing become more accessible to private enterprise, more people will have the opportunity to not only explore but also work in space. My mission, and I hope it is shared by the industry represented at the Farnborough International Airshow, is to ensure that young people with the passion for this profession have the educational opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams.”
 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

SSTL to build Galileo navigation payloads

Under an Authority to Proceed signed with prime contractor OHB-System AG today, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) is commencing work on building eight navigation payloads for Galileo, Europe's global navigation satellite

UK industry receives 13bn boost from Paris Air Show orders

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt and Business Minister Richard Harrington welcomed a boost to the UK economy of around £13bn from aircraft orders and commitments announced at the Paris Air Show this week.

EDM produces cabin crew sector infographic

Provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, EDM, announced today that it has produced the aviation industry's first infographic about the cabin crew sector.

First Typhoons delivered to RAFO

The arrival of the first Typhoon aircraft, part of a batch of 12 of the combat jets scheduled to be delivered to the Sultanate of Oman, was marked with a ceremony, held on 21 June 2017 in the presence of the Commander of the Royal Air Force of

Renishaw's Lucy Ackland named one of UK's top 50 female engineers

Lucy Ackland, Senior Development Engineer at global engineering company, Renishaw, has been selected as one of the UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2017.

IndigoVision previews BX Panoramic Dome Camera at IFSEC

IndigoVision this week provided a preview of its new BX Panoramic Dome Camera during IFSEC International 2017, which took place at the ExCel, London, 2022 June.

SMI AirMissSK0106130717
See us at
SMI12DE BT203280917SMI AirMissBT0305251017SMIUAV BT1005280917DSEI LB0911150917SMI FAVWS BT0504290617Aviation Africa BT18418