BBC talks to Loughborough College about vital role for unique space programmes in growing global industry

The pioneering Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering was launched by Loughborough College this year in association with the National Space Academy and the University of Leicester, who have been asked to help with the Indian government’s space launch plans.

The highly successful 16+ Space Engineering course, in association with the National Space Academy and offered nowhere else in the UK, is now in its third year and Loughborough College Head of Technology Dr Martin Killeen told BBC Radio Leicester’s Manish Vermeer how both programmes have a crucial part to play in helping Leicestershire build on its central role in the expanding UK and international space economy.

Second year space engineering student Nam Vu discusses his current project, designing a robotic snake which can travel on the surface of Mars. Fahima Hassan and Mansi Joshi describe the workshops they hold to get young people interested in space and science and Ed Bridge talks about the course content and the range of options it offers him for future work and study.

Listen to BBC Radio Leicester’s Manish Vermeer interviewing Loughborough College’s Head of Technology Dr Martin Killeen and the space engineering students here – 1:08 into the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02c54ly