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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

  • 19 November 2015

    UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership

    Agricultural science and technology is being increasingly driven by the global challenges of rising populations, rapid development of emerging economies and global shortages of land, water and energy. These challenges are made even more difficult in light of the impact of.....
  • 07 October 2015

    Space Test Chamber-1 (STC-1)

    On Thursday 24 September RAL Space took the delivery of STC-1, the new 5 metre Thermal Vacuum Chamber. At 6 metres in length and 5 metres in diameter, it is the largest chamber of its kind in the UK, and is the third largest in Europe....
  • 31 July 2015

    Successfully sniffing Comet 67P

    The Ptolemy laboratory on the Philae lander was co-designed and built by STFC's RAL Space in conjunction with the Open University. Mission controllers and scientists working on the Rosetta mission, which carried Philae to the comet, now report about 80% of the first.....

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