Check out the UK Space Agency on Twitter for cosmic prizes

World Space Week giveaway @spacegovuk

Check out the UK Space Agency on Twitter for cosmic prizes.
Team Peak Postcards and Skylons - WSW UK Space Agency (smaller)
In celebration of World Space Week and the UK’s excellence in space technology and exploration, the UK Space Agency will be giving away 5 signed postcards of British astronaut Tim Peake and five Skylon spaceplane models.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these prizes, visit the UK Space Agency on Twitter (@spacegovuk) and correctly answer our question of the day on the 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th of October. The question will be posted at 11:00 each day and entries must be in before 17:00. At the end of each day, two lucky winners will be selected at random to win a Tim Peake postcard or a Skylon model (winners will be announced the following day).

Tim Peake

In November 2015, Former Apache helicopter pilot Tim Peake will become the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station.

After more than three years of training with the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Astronaut Programme, Peake has been selected to live and work on the International Space Station (ISS) for six months. He will carry out a comprehensive science programme and take part in a European education outreach programme in the build up to and during his mission.

SABRE and Skylon

Through the UK Space Agency, the Government is set to invest £60 million in the development of the SABRE – a British-designed rocket engine which could revolutionise the fields of propulsion and launcher technology, and significantly reduce the costs of accessing space.

Built by UK company Reaction Engines (REL), the unique engine is designed to extract the oxygen it needs for low atmosphere flight from the air itself, paving the way for a new generation of spaceplanes which would be lighter, reusable and able to take off and launch from conventional airport runways.

Reaction Engines’ concept for an 84m-long, unpiloted vehicle called Skylon would be one such spaceplane, doing the job of a big rocket but operating like an aeroplane. The project, which has already successfully passed a UK Space Agency technical assessment, would provide reliable access to space and be capable of delivering payloads of up to 15 tonnes into Low Earth Orbit at about 1/50th of the cost of traditional expendable launch vehicles, such as rockets.

GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY WORLD SPACE WEEK – don’t forget to see which events are in your area at www.bis-space.com/wsw2013

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