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A prize of a lifetime to Wapping High student

A prize of a lifetime to Wapping High student for his winning satellite design

Year 11 student, Simon Shemetilo’s dream has finally come true as he is taking his first small step to becoming an aeronautical engineer. Simon’s winning entry for the Inmarsat Space Competition has led him to the extraordinary prize of a trip of a lifetime to the NASA Kennedy Space Centre at Florida’s Cape Canaveral. 

Simon is a student who has always lived and breathed the values of Wapping High school, exemplifying the school’s motto of Raising Aspirations and Broadening Horizons. As an active Scout member,  Simon  was immediately intrigued by the competition organised by the British company Inmarsat who create satellites. Scout members were invited to submit ideas, with many entries focusing on how space can help care for the planet.

Simon’s entry was chosen from hundreds of entries by the British astronaut Major Tim Peake. He was impressed by the ingenuity of the two winners.

“They used their Scout skills to develop their ideas to reduce the environmental impact of data storage by building a ‘space cloud web’ and harness clean solar energy from satellites. That is exactly the kind of ingenuity and innovation we need for the future of space.”

“It’s going to be amazing to see where a lot of famous launches took place,” Simon stated before arriving in Florida. Simon was then interviewed live on TV by the BBC News and Sky News from the rocket launch and got to take a family member on this trip of a lifetime.

Simon has become a true inspiration for all his peers at Wapping High School in Tower Hamlets, making East London students realise that if you follow your passion and can think outside of the box you can achieve anything. There is no doubt that Simon is one step closer to his dream of making a difference in the world

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