Pupils from the North East will have the opportunity to explore the thrilling possibilities of a career beyond our planet, courtesy of a Space Camp taking place in Sunderland.

Leading international aerospace and defence company, Lockheed Martin, has joined forces with the National Space Academy to host the event at the University of Sunderland from October 23 to 27.

Youngsters from years 6 and 12 from schools including Hill View Junior Academy and St Leonard’s Catholic School, Durham will be able to find out all about the very real prospects of a career in space, while hearing from professionals working in the industry and taking part in a number of exciting hands-on activities.


TO –  Hope Street Xchange, Hind Street, Sunderland, SR1 3QD

ON – Monday 23 October

AT – 12.30pm

To see the children and the activities at Space Camp, which will include a session where the pupils will be making and launching their own rockets. There will also be the opportunity to talk to Nik Smith, Lockheed Martin Space’s regional director for Europe about the importance of the camp and the company’s investment in the region.

The space camp is centred around three key themes – sustainability in space, innovation and entrepreneurship and the career pathways in the UK space sector.

Lockheed Martin is already working closely with Northumbria University on a number of space-related initiatives.

Last year (July 2022) the company announced a collaboration with Northumbria University that includes an initial planned investment of up to £630,000 to support the development of skills, research and technology across the region. 

The Sunderland Space Camp is one of two being organised, with the second one taking place in London in February 2024, in conjunction with Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global leader in satellite communications;

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