Space and Satellite Applications

Oxfordshire is at the centre of the UK space sector. Space is strategically important, with major potential for economic growth, scientific advancement and societal benefits.

The UK has a strategy to quadruple its performance in the Space and Satellite sector by 2030 and the development of the Space Cluster at Harwell Oxford is at the heart of these efforts with local and national partners working together to achieve the UK Space Agency’s UK Space Gateway programme.

The cluster of space activity at Harwell Oxford is expanding rapidly including STFC’s long-established RAL Space centre, the Satellite Applications Catapult, ESA’s European Centre for Satellite Applications & Telecoms (ECSAT) and a thriving ESA Business Incubator, serving as a major attractor for a spectrum of companies from start-ups to large corporates.

The Space Cluster provides consolidated support to all businesses that want to locate on the Campus and/or want to interact closely with the Cluster through providing access to cutting-edge facilities, technical support, and support for International Trade and Partnerships as well as business advice and an investment network.


Resources for Space & Satellite Applications

  • Satellite Applications Catapult - enable the best businesses, researchers and end-users to develop new satellite-based products, services and applications, translating ideas from concept to market.
  • KTN (Space) - enables broader access to the UK space community through its events and network, and its Space Technology Roadmap provides a more comprehensive understanding of new and emerging opportunities within the Space sector.