A Typhoon fighter pilot based at RAF Coningsby has been seconded to a ground-breaking programme called Virgin Orbit that will launch small satellites into space.
Flight Lieutenant Matthew ‘Stanny’ Stannard will launch the satellites from a modified Boeing 747.
He said: “I’ve flown Tornado and Typhoon fighters, but being involved in Virgin Orbit’s space programme is a truly unique opportunity.
“This programme is pushing the boundaries of our understanding of space, so it’s a real privilege to be part of it.
“I’m looking forward to bringing the skills and knowledge I gain back to the RAF.”