Paving the way in space exploration & earth observation for more than 50 years #SpaceAtSTFC

A unique positioning between academia & industry

Science and Technology Facilities Council works collaboratively with UK and overseas agencies, universities and companies to bridge the gap between pioneering science and business. Meet some of the #SpaceAtSTFC team to learn more about how STFC could support you.

Meet Sue O'Hare! She’s the Operations Manager for ESA BIC UK, on a mission to nurture the growth of early-stage space companies 🚀🚀🚀

The ESA BIC UK is managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council as one of a network of 20 ESA BICs in 17 countries across Europe. We offer a package of technical support, access to specialist facilities and equipment, business support, grant funding to accelerate product development, networking events and office accommodation.

Sue O'Hare, Operations Manager, European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom

Meet some of the European Space Agency programmes team at STFC Daresbury Laboratory! 📈 🛰️ 🌐

STFC works closely with the European Space Agency to support businesses across the UK.

📈Helping start-ups to scale-up and grow through access to networks, facilities, technical & business expertise and funding

🛰️Supporting businesses & academia to develop innovative solutions across sectors by transferring space technologies and know-how to applications on Earth

🌐Enabling established businesses to launch new services through the power of satellite data and space technology

Left to right: Helen Rogerson, Manager ESA IPN UK; Delyth Edwards, Business Incubation Programmes Manager; Alan Cross, ESA Business Applications Regional Ambassador (North West & North Wales)

The Higgs Centre for Innovation at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre supports early-stage businesses in the Scottish space sector

The Higgs Centre for Innovation is a purpose built facility at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, supporting the commercialisation of technology and the creation of thriving businesses. The centre specialises in business incubation and state-of-the-art facilities for nano-satellite testing to drive technological advancement.

Julian Dines, Head of Innovation, UK Astronomy Technology Centre

The National Satellite Test Facility will be a world class facility for assembly, integration & testing of space payloads and satellites

In my role I help businesses access some of the most advanced space testing facilities in the country at RAL Space . In 2021 we will be opening the National Satellite Test Facility which aims to provide a world class set of co-located testing facilities for companies to access.

Sarah Nash, Business Development Lead, National Satellite Test Facility
Artist's impression of the National Satellite Test Facility

Harwell Space Cluster is a key gateway to the UK space sector, bringing together 92 organisations to collaborate & grow 🤝

Harwell Space Cluster offers businesses the opportunity to engage with open access facilities, funding organisations including business incubation and other sectors, through the HealthTec and EnergyTec Clusters and 92 space organisations. The cluster is the gateway to the UK space sector providing a one-stop shop to see the latest developments across the industry.

Joanna Hart, Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager

Is your business interested in Earth observation, atmospheric science, space surveillance & tracking or space weather? 🌎☁️🛰️

As a Business Development Manager working for the RAL Space department at UKRI STFC, my goal is to increase the department’s involvement in Earth Observation, Atmospheric Science, Space Surveillance and Tracking, and Space Weather related activities. Let’s have a chat if you’re interested in these domains or would like to know more about how RAL Space can help your business.

Antonio Costa, Business Development Manager, RAL Space

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