To coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations, RAF Fylingdales unveiled its new visitors centre.
Philip Dunne MP, the Minister for DefenceEquipment, Support and Technology, officially opened the facility, which will be used to educate and inspire pupils from local schools during visits to the base.
“Investing in the visitor centre is part of the RAF’s way of saying ‘we want to thank the local community for the role they have played and we want to make the base more accessible to them’,” he said.
He hoped that through visiting the base children will be encouraged to pursue a career in emerging industries such as aerospace and will understand how core subjects such as Maths and Science can help them achieve this goal.
Mr Dunne referred to the publication of Britain’s first national space security policy later this year, of which RAF Fylingdales will play a vital role.
During his speech after unveiling the visitor centre, Mr Dunne stressed the continuing importance of the ‘special relationship’ shared between the UK and the US. He added: “The UK is one of the leading lights now in the militarisation of space assets. We have a thriving commercial space business and we are playing an increasing role within the European space agency. Space plays a very important part in day to day life so ensuring there are resilient assets in space is very important.”