Rolls Royce collaborated with the RAF and the RAF Association to help inspire the next generation of young scientists and engineers. The StaRRship to Mars project was unveiled at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in July 2017 and the website was launched in December. A Mars ‘arrival’ is expected in July 2018.
Dave Gordon, Senior Vice President & Director UK, Defence Aerospace, Rolls Royce says:
“In the second half of 2017 we have been building a very British star ship. Its mission is to fly to Mars.
“There is more than a bit of virtual reality involved,” he adds. “But our aim is to inspire tomorrow’s engineers and scientists to consider the world that they really want to live in, and to imagine how they can shape it!”
The StaRRship will be an entertaining learning app and web experience. It aims to get 13 to 25 year-olds engaged in science, technology, engineering and maths and use modern media channels to inspire them and link them up around the world.
Rolls Royce is sponsoring and developing the project alongside partners in the RAF and importantly is also aiming to help recruit more members to the RAF Association as a result. Any profits Rolls-Royce makes from the project will also go straight to the RAF Association.
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