South Yorkshire laser expert, Cutting Technologies, now has its work up in space thanks to British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake’s latest mission.

The Principia Mission sees Tim and his crewmates work on unique experiments that can’t be completed on Earth, with the overall aim of improving the understanding of the fundamentals of science and to demonstrate new applications for science and technology.

Cutting Technologies was instructed by Raspberry Pi to laser engrave the fine details on two augmented Raspberry Pi computers known as Astro Pi.

Whilst on board the International Space Station, Tim will use the two computers to run experiments using the board’s sensors.

School children across the UK were asked to create and code computer science experiments for Tim as part of a competition. Seven winners ranging from primary to A-level were selected and their ideas will be brought to life by Tim.

Jane Robinson, director and co-founder of Cutting Technologies, said: “This was a brilliant project to be able to put our name to and we’re excited to watch how Tim’s mission progresses.

“The overall competition connected STEM and schools brilliantly and we’re really proud to have played our part.”

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Cutting Technologies was instructed by Raspberry Pi to laser engrave the fine details on two augmented Raspberry Pi computers known as Astro Pi. Picture by ESA

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