Graduation ceremony - Tim Peake

Friday 14 October 2016

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University of Leicester honours British astronaut Tim Peake


Tim Peake is the first British person to serve as a European Space Agency astronaut, and he is a recent crew member of the International Space Station. He was born in Chichester and studied at Chichester High School for Boys before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He graduated in 1992 as an officer in the Army Air Corps, serving on attachment with the Royal Green Jackets as a Platoon Commander in Northern Ireland before beginning flight training. He was awarded his Army Flying Wings in 1994.

He qualified as a helicopter flying instructor in 1998 before being selected for a post with the US Army, flying Apache helicopters. In 2005 he graduated from the Empire Test Pilots School in the UK and he received a degree in flight dynamics and evaluation from the University of Portsmouth in 2006. He was awarded the Commander-in-Chief’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for exemplary and dedicated service to the British Army in the same year. In 2009, he left the army with the rank of Major, and took employment as a senior helicopter test pilot for AgustaWestland. He also began the European Space Agency’s intensive astronaut basic training course. He was launched to the International Space Station on 15 December 2015 and landed back on earth on 18 June 2016, having completed approximately 3000 orbits (125 million kilometres). He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to space research and scientific education, and he has been granted the Freedom of the City of Chichester.


Oration by Mr Nigel Siesage

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