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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


  • 21 November 2016

    Go GOES-R

    STFC RAL Space are celebrating the successful launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) from Cape Canaveral at 23:42 on 19th November. GOES-R is one of the next generation of geostationary weather satellites....
  • 15 November 2016

    UK Space Weather expert wins prestigious international award

    Professor Mike Hapgood, Head of Space Weather at STFC RAL Space, is this year’s recipient of the Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate. British Ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose presented the prestigious award at a ceremony which was held as part.....
  • 28 October 2016

    Agri-rover project

    STFC RAL Space is working closely with other project members from the UK and China to develop an autonomous robot that can conduct chemical soil tests in a timely and cost effective way. The project is led by the University of Strathclyde and funded by the UK Space.....

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