Space exploration has demonstrated the ability to inspire people across socioeconomic and geopolitical boundaries to continue learning and engage in entrepreneurial activities with economic impact. Making aerospace transportation and delivery services affordable is an essential aspect of the modern aerospace industry. The mission of the MILO Institute Ambassador is to make space exploration affordable, accessible and inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers.
The MILO Institute is a collective formed by Arizona State University (ASU has been at the forefront of space exploration since the 1960s, with milestones throughout its history: involvement with the Hubble Space Telescope since its inception, producing images recognized around the world); NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor who wore a Thermal emission spectrometer (YOUR) designed by planetary geologist ASU Philippe christensen and designed by ASU Mini-TES instruments used on Mars aboard each of the Mars exploration rovers.
Lockheed Martin, who supported MILO through its foundation, was selected by NASA to provide payload delivery services to the moon as part of the agency Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) Contract.
Now Cornwall, UK sees itself at the center of the discussion. The region is already an innovative area for the UK space industry, with Virgin orbit seeks to achieve the UK’s first horizontal satellite launch from Cornwall Newquay Airport in 2022 and the recent opening of Goonhilly earth station‘s GHY-6 antenna for deep space communications. Thanks to this brand new collaboration between Cornwall Aerospace and the MILO Institute, Cornwall will access institute resources through the institute’s Ambassador program.
This partnership will accelerate technological maturation through the Cornish space cluster. The established ecosystem, designed to mature new technologies and space science programs, provides members of the Cornwall Space Cluster access to relevant expertise in construction, testing, integration and operation of satellites.
The organization works with Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. to deliver the MILO Ambassador program, initially focusing on Isles of Scilly region, then expanding to the UK and the rest of the world. We hope to use the knowledge gained to accelerate regional economic development and create a commercially viable model that the UK space industry can use to further develop the UK space economy.
The MILO Institute Ambassador program is designed to provide members with access to a global network of missions, workforce development and economic development opportunities. The Ambassador will facilitate interaction between government, university and industry stakeholders in the member’s region. The Ambassador will also advocate for the membership community and connect stakeholders to global opportunities, including space programs, R&D opportunities and international collaborations. In this way, the MILO Institute will connect the membership community with a vast network of opportunities.
The new MILO ambassador is Major Chahal, who established relationships with both British space agency and the European Space Agency, as well as the UK’s innovation ecosystem across the Catapult network. Major recently joined Goonhilly’s new business development team where he will focus on government and space agency growth opportunities. Goonhilly is a long-standing partner of the MILO Institute. The two sides share the common goal of enabling more space exploration missions to achieve operational status.
Major’s first area of interest will be identifying opportunities for UK supply chain and university partners to contribute to NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, with launches planned on the near face of the moon at the end of 2023.
Lindsay Papsidero, Lockheed Martin MILO Program Manager, said: “Lockheed Martin is proud to support the MILO Institute as it brings interesting and affordable space science missions to the world. The association with the innovative Goonhilly earth station, Aerospace Cornwall and the new UK Ambassador MILO significantly expands the global reach of the MILO Institute. “
David thomas, Executive Director of the MILO Institute, said: “Advances in space science are accelerated when we are able to create interconnected networks on a global scale, where governments, universities and businesses are able to create and transfer value through an ecosystem of multiples. facets. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Aerospace Cornwall and Goonhilly Earth Station, who are pioneers in the new space ecosystem. “
Gail Eastaugh, Chief Innovation Officer, AeroSpace Cornwall, said: “Our goal is to grow the space and aerospace innovation ecosystem in Cornwall and therefore we are delighted to fund the MILO Institute Ambassador Program. This will connect Cornish businesses and stakeholders to global opportunities in the space sector, helping to develop a sustainable economy based on cutting edge technology.. “
Ian jones, CEO of Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd, said: “This new hospitality contract for Ambassador MILO in Cornwall fits perfectly into our growth model. We can really take advantage of Major’s experience in the industry and this partnership with Aerospace Cornwall and the MILO Institute to help other organizations achieve their ambiin the space.