CGI and Inmarsat hosted five prize winners from Therfield School, Leatherhead at our London Headquarters following an interactive day of fun and engaging STEM workshops. The prize winners visited both CGI’s London office in the famous walkie-talkie building and the Inmarsat Network Operations Centre.

This followed fifteen members from the local CGI Leatherhead office spending a day working alongside 183 Year 9 students at Therfield School, focused on aerospace and space discussing CGI and our heritage as among the largest IT and business consulting firms in the world and The European Space Agency (ESA) including the Iris Programme.

In collaboration with ESA, we delivered workshops covering air traffic control, security, commercial drones and their safe operation, as well as career opportunities and employability skills. The students gained experience through practical simulations, bespoke games and engagement with CGI employees.

Iris will be soon used on commercial aircrafts (e.g. easyJet and other airlines) in European airspace with extension to other regions of the world in the near future. Iris will  deliver powerful benefits to society by enabling Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) to reduce fuel, CO2 and delays for passengers via secure, high bandwidth and cost-effective satellite-based datalink communications.  We have been one of the main partners in the Iris Programme – working with Inmarsat - since its inception in 2014, and have led the aviation safety systems design, integration, and IT security.