Tim Peake was the first British ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station.
His work during mission ‘Principia‘ captured the hearts and minds of millions around the world.
Tim is a former Apache pilot, flight instructor, test pilot and current European Space Agency astronaut. He is a veteran of eighteen years of military service, flying over 3000 hours on operations worldwide.
Aged 13, Tim’s dream of becoming a pilot became a reality when he took control of an aircraft for the first time.
By the age of 18, he had already flown many solo sorties and been awarded a coveted position to join the British Army Air Corps.
Peake served as an army officer in Northern Ireland before gaining his Army Flying Wings in 1994. He trained as a combat search and rescue instructor and flew operations to enforce the peace and provide humanitarian support in the aftermath of the Bosnian War.
Tim was part of the team responsible for training the first UK crews in flying the Apache attack helicopter.
Promoted to Major and with well over 2000 hours of flying experience, Tim became a test pilot and was subsequently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Special Forces operations.
In May 2009 Tim was selected as an ESA astronaut and after arduous training, he was assigned to a mission to the International Space Station in May 2013.
After many months spent in Russia learning how to operate the Soyuz spacecraft, he launched to space on 15 December 2015.
During his Principia mission, Tim took part in over 250 scientific experiments. These included conducting a spacewalk to repair the Station’s power supply, driving a rover across a simulated Mars terrain and helping dock two spacecraft.
Furthermore, he was actively connected with the public back on Earth. His mission focused on educational outreach, engaging more than 2 million schoolchildren across Europe during his time in space.
Tim’s New Year message was broadcast by the BBC to celebrate 2016 and in April that year, Tim ran the London Marathon from the ISS treadmill, becoming the first man to run a marathon in space.
One of Tim’s most cherished moments of his mission was having the opportunity to talk with the late Professor Stephen Hawking from the ISS. During their hour-long video call, they discussed many topics from their favourite music to quantum physics and the future of humanity whilst marvelling at the spectacular view of Earth from space.
Tim Peake – Keynote Speaker
A very popular astronaut keynote motivational speaker, Tim shares unique insights on leadership, fear and risk management, motivation and collaboration from his incredible career as a test pilot and astronaut.
He draws on his own out-of-this-world experiences to inspire audiences with his recipe for mission success and Peak(e) Performance.
Tim is a champion for science, innovation, exploration and adventure. He inspires audiences with his fascinating stories of life in space, breath-taking photographs and his unique perspective of planet Earth.