Our guest Astronaut for October 2019 is NASA Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas.
Don Thomas is an astronaut, scientist, professional speaker, educator, and author of Orbit of Discovery about his STS-70 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery. A veteran of four flights, Don has spent 44 days in space and orbited the Earth nearly 700 times. Today, Don is helping to inform and excite the public about our future in space and preparing our next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers for their missions in the future.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Space Explorers
InspireSPACE – A Community Interest Company (CIC)*
The aims of InspireSPACE are to carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) to:
- Promoting achievements in space, space science, technology and engineering, highlighting the benefits that these bring
- Excite and engage the general public, particularly children and young people with space technology and the advancements derived from it; and
- Inspire children and young people to consider and investigate career paths within space technology and related industries.
This will be achieved by:
- Presenting both static and interactive space technology related displays at public events;
- Visiting schools, scout/girl guide groups and similar young peoples community groups to promote space exploration, technologies and careers; and
- By arranging for professionals engaged in the space industry, including astronauts and cosmonauts to speak at events;
- Developing a web-site dedicated to space exploration, space technologies and related topics;
- Trading in space related collectibles,souvenirs,merchandise with the proceeds used to fund the activities and events set out above
* What is a Community Interest Company CIC
Community Interest Companies (CICS) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage.
This is achieved by a “community interest test” and “asset lock”, which ensure that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role. – We are approved and ready to Go!.