Astronaut Tim flies In To BT Science Stand

October 10, 2016


Major Tim Peake’s visit to our stand caused huge excitement, says Tim Whitley (right)

Visitors to the BT stand at the New Scientist Live exhibition had an out of this world experience.

They got a chance to meet Major Tim Peake, who opened the event at Excel London. Tim was the first British astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA) and spent six months working on the International Space Station until his safe return to earth in June.

BT played a leading role at New Scientist Live, the UK’s biggest festival of ideas and discovery.

Tim Whitley, who welcomed spaceman Tim to the BT stand, was among several BT people who spoke at the event.

He focused on what the future of communications may look like, while Nicola Millard discussed the topic: Is there anything machines can’t do? And Steve Masters explained how we’re using technology and data to help bring the America’s Cup home to the UK.

We sponsored the event’s technology zone and showcased the work BT are doing with the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup team and the Williams Martini Racing Formula One team, as well as with quantum key distribution.

Tim says: “We were delighted to welcome Major Tim Peake to the BT stand at the event, where we were demonstrating our purposeful innovation in areas such as quantum key distribution, visual analytics and the work we are doing to help our partners at Land Rover BAR and Williams Martini stay ahead of the competition.

“His visit to the stand caused huge excitement amongst the show crowd and also with the BT people. He was very impressed with the work we are doing.”

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