While it can be compared to science centres, museums and planetaria, ASK will be unique in Scotland by virtue of its theme and focus. Its East Central Scotland location offers easy access by car.
ASK will be a "cool" place to spend leisure time, and an invaluable resource for educators. Crucially it will fill an educational gap in an entertaining way. It will be staffed with a young (postgraduate) crew who will enthusiastically open access for all to explore the science, technology, engineering and maths ("STEM") of flight, astronomy and space exploration. The government has identified STEM as vital to our future economic development, and Aero Space will thus help meet a key national strategic goal....
"By 2030 the UK Space industry aims to have a 10 per cent share of the global space market (from 6.5 per cent in 2010). As a result over 100,000 new jobs will be created. There is a general shortage of skilled graduates and so work needs to be done to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future to work in the space sector".
Awareness is being raised of the growing economic importance of space exploration.
Tim Peake will become the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station. Space Ambassadors will work with more than 100 primary schools in the next two years to provide space-related activities for pupils and professional development for teachers.
Advances in aircraft design, the evolution of stronger lightweight materials, more economical engines and improved construction methods are revitalising all forms of airsports. A wide range of airsports are actively being pursued in the local area (light aviation, gliding, sky-diving, hang gliding, microlighting, ballooning, aero-modelling) and participants' common interests and needs will be showcased and served.
Internet, and A/V technology enable large scale display of flight simulation and awesome images at relatively low cost (for example, images of deep space from the Hubble telescope, transmission of epic space walks / views of Earth from the International Space Station). Refreshing the visitor experience and maintaining interest is facilitated by advances in immersive film, virtual and augmented reality.