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RAL Space, based at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (link opens in a new window) (RAL), carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We have significant involvement in over 200 space missions and are at the forefront of UK Space Research.

Our 200 staff are dedicated to supporting the programmes of the STFC and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC (link opens in a new window)), as well as undertaking a large number of space projects for UK and overseas agencies, universities and industrial companies.

We work alongside the UK Space Agency (link opens in a new window) who co-ordinate UK civil space activities.

We undertake world-leading space research and technology development, provide space test and ground-based facilities, design and build instruments, analyse and process data and operate S- and X-band ground-station facilities, as well as lead conceptual studies for future missions. We work with space and ground-based groups around the world.

Latest News

  • 20 July 2016

    STFC hosts new ESA lab for advanced manufacturing techniques and materials

    The latest technical laboratory for the European Space Agency (ESA), inaugurated today by Director General Jan Woerner, will help to understand the capabilities of 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing techniques for future space missions....
  • 19 July 2016

    RAL Space to contribute to new UK National Space Propulsion Facility

    STFC RAL Space have confirmed that they will be supporting the UK Space Agency with the operations of the new National Propulsion Test Facility....
  • 19 July 2016

    Sentinel-3B Testing

    The first set of space flight hardware to have completed testing and calibration in RAL Space’s new Assembly, Integration and Verification facilities in R100 has been completed and successfully delivered in June....

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