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The public theme for the 2019 Air Tattoo is Air and Space: Inspiring the Next Generation Air Force.

As part of this theme we are curating a number of exhibitions around our TechnoZone® to celebrate the UK space industry - all held over 50th anniversary of the first moon landing! the Royal Air Force is also the official UK Defence lead on space; so we're bringing the two worlds together at RAF Fairford!

Inspiring the future
We are very fortunate to have the remaining sections of the Black Arrow rocket at the Air Tattoo, kindly supplied by Skyrora, an Edinburgh based company who aim to provide more cost effective methods of space launches. Black Arrow (below left) was the first - and so far only - successful orbital launch of a satellite by the UK. Weighing 18 tonnes, the rocket completed four launches from the Woomera Range in southern Australia.

Black Arrow © Skyrora / TechnoZone® / Tim Peake © ESA

Tim Peake
We're thrilled that Tim Peake will join us at the show on Friday 19 July. He will be at the Techno Zone® inspiring the next generation about space and engineering. He was the first British ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station and is exciting to be attending the Air Tattoo.

Tim said,
"I've been wanting to attend the Royal International Air Tattoo for some time and this year's 'Space' theme presented the perfect opportunity. I'm really looking forward to it."

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, you're invited to an audience with British Astronaut Tim Peake in the Bader Marquee on Friday 19 July at 9.30am. To find the Bader Marquee, just look for point C on our showground map in the Red Zone.

TV celebrity Carol Vordeman will interview Tim about his early career ambitions, career in the British Army and his time on the International Space Station in 2016. The event is free of charge with no extra tickets required (just your Air Tattoo admission ticket to enter the airshow) and to ensure a prompt start if you arrive late you will not be admitted. Although in one sense 'space' is infinite - unfortunately in the case of the Bader Marquee 'space' is limited, so get there early to avoid disappointment! Book your Air Tattoo tickets here.


ExoMars Rover
Three ExoMars prototype rovers exist, Bruno, Bridget and Bryan. One of these amazing machines will be on display and roving around at the 2019 Air Tattoo! ExoMars is a space mission initiated by ESA to look for life on Mars.

The ExoMars rover (below right), a robotic Mars vehicle, is currently under final development by Airbus Defence and Space. On 7 February 2019 British Astronaut Tim Peake (above right) unveiled the name of the final production ExoMars Rover, Rosalind Franklin. Rosalind will be the vehicle that travels to the red planet next year.

Pleiades Satellite
Launched in December 2011, Pleiades (above left) is a constellation of two very-high-resolution satellites capable of acquiring imagery of any point on the globe in under 24 hours for civil and military users. The Pleiades system orbits the Earth at a distance of over 400 miles but can still take photos with up-to 50cm resolution. Orbiting twice a day, they can cover over 1 million square kilometres of the globe on each pass.

On Friday 19 July the Pleiades satellite will pass over the Air Tattoo to snap a photo - cloud cover depending!


StratoBooster is focused in the development of a High-altitude Balloon launched rocket system, capable in helping organisations and institutions launch their small satellites and payloads into space. Their business plans are to commercialise their research work with the aim of testing and developing the small space launch system for customers, who have already expressed interest in using this system. Find Stratobooster in the TechnoZone®.

Lockheed Martin
Join Lockheed Martin in their Space Cafe for the perfect photo opportunity! Defy gravity with friends and family!

Who else will be attending?
  • A planetarium where children and adults can watch space related shows.
  • Space themed Science Made Simple 'buskers'. Join ace science busker David Price in some hands on activities.
  • Watch out for Storm Troopers and maybe even Astronauts walking around the showground!
Plus more to be announced!

In this section....

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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