The 15th of December saw a milestone in European, and more noticeably, British space exploration, with Major Tim Peake travelling to the International Space Station on the Russian Soyuz rocket along with American Tim Kopra and Russian Yuri Malenchenko.
Although not the first Briton in space (Helen Sharman travelled to space in 1991), Major Peake is the first Briton to man the ISS, a football pitch sized space station in low earth orbit.
Major Peake is an ESA – European Space Agency Astronaut – also referred to as the European Astronaut Corps, the Agency, formed in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, is the body for major scientific space research in Europe and employs over 2,000 staff in its European locations as well as it’s dedicated space port in French Guiana.
With any organisation of the ESA’s size and responsibility, it should have a robust management system recognisable by all of the ESA’s 22 Member States, which is why the ESA is certified to the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, and the ISO 27001:2013 Information Security standard, showing rigorous management and data security principles and procedures are in place.
With organisations ranging from small businesses with 1-5 employees in the textiles industry, the larger SME operating in the city of London, or the pan-European space agency blasting Astronauts to the ISS, ISO Standards, and the Management Systems certified to them, are clearly utilised by a wide range of organisations, and we at IMSM are proud to assist organisations of all sizes and industries in implementing Quality Management Systems that work for you and your clients.