International space missions take many years and multiple partners from across the globe to ensure they are successful and it’s this collaborative approach that has laid the groundwork for a thriving UK space industry. The Spacescapes exhibition allows us to see up close the results of missions such as the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars.
Space plays a pivotal role in our daily lives and is a vital part of the UK economy, worth over £16 billion per year. Monitoring and understanding our world from space is helping us to tackle key issues such as climate change. Companies based at Harwell Campus like Rezatec are combining AI analytics with satellite imagery to monitor deforestation, Astroscale is at the forefront of improving space sustainability by removing defunct satellites and organisations such as Darwin are using 5G and satellites to demonstrate the future of transport with connected autonomous vehicles.
The Harwell Space Cluster forms an integral part of the UK’s space sector, including being the front door for international customers, collaborators and inward investors to engage with expertise and capability from across the UK space sector. It is Europe’s most concentrated space cluster with a dynamic range of commercial organisations working alongside stakeholders such as the European
Space Agency, UK Space Agency, the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s RAL Space, the National satellite Test Facility and the Satellite Applications Catapult.
By driving world-leading space research and technology, the cluster is opening doors to the next generation of space discovery and satellite innovations.