Andrew graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 as a Chartered Physiotherapist having completed two undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science and Physiotherapy and a Masters degree in Applying Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Andrew worked in the NHS and in medical operations at the European Astronaut Centre in Germany before completing a PhD at Northumbria University in 2016. Andrew’s PhD investigated the biomechanics of exercise on a European Space Agency flagship medical project rehabilitation device, for reconditioning deep spinal postural muscles following deconditioning (such as from space flight and in regular low back pain).
Andrew remains heavily involved in Human Spaceflight both in research and leading national space R&D organisations. This includes chairing the UK Space Biomedicine Association in 2012 and holding the role of Coordinator of the UK Space Environments Association since 2013. The UK Space Environments Association has recently become a part of the STFC funded UK Human Spaceflight Capitalisation Office. In this role Andrew is facilitating space research and development across the UK.
This year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to launch the first private space mission into orbit with no professional astronauts.