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Patrick up amongst the stars: Watford schoolboy wins UK Galileo competition
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Published on 17-02-12

Patrick Galvin, a ten year old schoolboy from Watford, will have one of the Galileo European satellites named after him having won first prize in a "space and aeronautics" themed drawing competition organised by the Commission.

    Patrick Galvin

    Patrick Galvin

    Coming to terms with his success, Patrick said: “I was so happy when I found out I had won the competition and I still can’t believe that a satellite with my name on it will be sent up into the universe.”

    Emma Lord, Director of the UK Space Agency, presented Patrick with a trophy representing the satellite named in his honour said:

    "Some people dream of having their name up in lights. Patrick has gone one better and will have his name up in space."

    She added: "This competition has really captured the imagination of students up and down the country and we're delighted that so many people entered."

    The competition for nine to eleven year old school children was run by the European Commission to link in with the creation of the EU's Galileo satellite navigation programme.

    The entries were judged by a national jury panel including space scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Ph.D., MBE, Higher Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory Laurie Winkless and First News Editor Nicky Cox.


    The Galileo programme is Europe's satellite navigation system which will ensure European access to satellite navigation independent form GPS. 

    The programme will launch a total of 30 satellites forming a constellation orbiting at more than 20,000 km from earth which will provide very precise locations of things on earth.  Even the exact position of a train.   

    The drawing competition took place in each of the EU member states during 2011.  Each of the 27 national winners will have satellites named after them. The first two satellites named after school children from Bulgaria and Belgium, Thijs and Natalia, were successfully launched in October 2011.

    Earlier this month it was announced that Guildford-based Surrey Satellite Technology Limited would play a major part in a £200 million plus contract for the next phase of the Galileo project.

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