Countdown to the centenary
of the world’s first indepenedent airforce
and the future of securing peace
It’s a story-led virtual Mission to Mars where you role-play in an epic movie-style journey and decide your destiny.
Rolls-Royce has a rich heritage and is renowned for its excellence in engineering and power systems. This is where the best and brightest minds work with some of the world’s most innovative companies and universities to develop new forms of energy and power generation systems.
The company has designed and manufactured some of the world’s most iconic aero engines and develops innovative technologies in its SHADOW WORKS research and development facility. It’s here that the prototype model of STARRSHIP HOPE will be built via 3D printers based on your creative input.
The Royal Air Force is the oldest independent air force in the world. Its distinctive character, spirit and attitude inspires people to face challenges and on occasion danger. But always with a focus on respect, integrity, service and excellence. You will join personnel from all different roles and backgrounds in the RAF to ensure the Mission to Mars is a success.
The project celebrates the first 100 years of the Royal Air Force, brings to life the important role the RAF plays in defending our way of life, and gives a glimpse of how they will continue to be a force for good in the future. But while designed and powered by Rolls-Royce and operated by the RAF, the STARRSHIP HOPE will be nothing without the creativity of people like you!
You can choose your role as part of the crew, and then help design the STARRSHIP HOPE on its Mission to Mars.
The ship is called HOPE - the Human Outer Planetary Explorer.
There will be launch date when the mission blasts off for Mars, then once in space, you will be presented with a range of dilemmas and situations. By solving these puzzles and taking part in on-line challenges and discussions you will have the opportunity to win prizes.
Once you land on Mars – who knows what will happen next?
We have received a signal from an incoming spacecraft asking for help and assistance.
They report injuries on board and propulsion problems. The spacecraft is tracked 6 months away at its current speed. They say they are humans and they can only make it to Mars.
You have to work out how we prepare to assist and decide what to do next…
Why Mars and not Earth? Who are they? We must prepare ourselves.
By joining our Air & Space Command you will be part of an elite global group of trainees on a Mission to Mars.
You can be part of a unique crew and be trained and mentored by specialists from the Royal Air Force and Rolls-Royce. It’s a great way of learning just some of the things you can do with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
The project’s first phase is designed to run until the end of August 2018. The key dates are the start of the space journey once our STARRSHIP HOPE is built on the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force – April 1st 2018 and a Mars landing in July to coincide with the official celebrations
Yes. Just follow us and subscribe via our STARRSHIP HOPE social media channels.
Yes. We seek a core audience of between 15 and 25yrs – but we know it appeals to young and old alike.
Yes. You can still participate from overseas.
A lucky few will be invited on rare visits to Rolls Royce and RAF facilities as a VIP guest. The top prizes will involve a chance to fly with the RAF.
There will also be a chance to win a range of merchandise including headphones, Smart technology watches as well as T-shirts and clothing.
The idea of creating a ‘virtual’ spacecraft, propelling crew to a planet that has long fascinated the human race, captured the imagination of giant engineering company, Rolls-Royce, as well as the Royal Air Force.
Harnessing the spirit of human adventure and exploration, experts from both organisations have been turning their minds to the HOW? aspect of getting to Mars. What sort of spaceship would you need to get there?
What sort of engine could make that journey, what type of problems and scenarios might arise in this daring mission. The idea was to create an exciting space adventure that also developed people’s skills in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) using real world technology – which may eventually become the spaceship of the future.
Using the aviation expertise of the Royal Air Force together with the engineering skills of Rolls-Royce, and a sprinkling of blue-sky thinking, both organisations have been prepared to look into the future and challenge the boundaries of what is currently possible.
And it’s this pioneering spirit that has created the STARRSHIP called Hope and a daring mission to Mars...