Disabled flying charity Aerobility is hosting a workshop to help shape a project supporting astronauts with physical disabilities. People with disabilities, as well as carers, physios and volunteers, can sign up to take part in the half-day workshop which will contribute to the work on physical disability and human space flight being undertaken by Parastronaut Topical.
Dr Irene Di Giulio, Lecturer in Anatomy and Biomechanics at King's College London, will lead the workshop and speak to participants about the major barriers to human space flight. The participants will then work in small groups and discuss what their personal barriers to human space flight may be.
Participants will give their insights about accessibility, adjustments, training, adaptations, aids and support. Their feedback will be collected anonymously. This information will then be used by the Topical Team to shape the future of human space flight.
The Parastronaut Topical team is a group of researchers and people working in aviation working together to support the European Space Agency’s project on astronauts with physical disabilities.
CEO of Aerobility, Mike Miller-Smith MBE, (pictured above) has been an advocate for disabled space flight for many years and gave a presentation at this year’s Naidex entitled ‘One giant leap for mankind – The work underway to make space flight accessible and how you can get involved’.
The half-day workshop on Tuesday 19th September, will be at Aerobility’s headquarters at Blackbushe Airport, Camberley, with registration starting at 9.30am for a prompt start at 10am. It is expected to finish by 1pm, when lunch will be offered.
Those interested in signing up can do so here: https://forms.office.com/e/Y7cXJt4Ei2