Ollie Turrell in Nexus 9 has been awarded a coveted place at the European Astronaut Training School in Cologne, Germany, for his Year 10 Work Experience placement in July 2019.
The placement, which will see Ollie training with the astronauts at the centre, is one of only very few offered each year. The European Astronaut Training Centre is featured in the BBC2 Programme “Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?”, and is the place where Tim Peake trained for his International Space Station mission.
Ollie, who is part of the Gifted STEM Programme at CSIA has lofty ambitions. “I want to work for Elon Musk at SpaceX when I finish my education. This placement at the European Space Agency and Astronaut Training School is a great way to learn more about Aerospace Engineering and improve my skills. I’m so excited about this opportunity and I’m really pleased I followed my teacher’s advice to apply early for the most prestigious work experience placements!”.
Ollie is also waiting to hear from SpaceX themselves and Virgin Galactic. The sky’s the limit!