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 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.
10 July 2015
9 July 2015 - Today marks a giant leap for the UK space industry as 2 major new space facilities are opened at the UK Space Gateway in Oxfordshire including the new STFC RAL Space integration and test facility ‘R100’......
23 June 2015
A next generation satellite based
sensor that is designed to advance our understanding of climate change has left the UK after a series of very challenging tests, and is en-route to the south of France for installation on the Sentinel 3 spacecraft....
09 June 2015
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Professor Bruce Swinyard, who lost his battle with cancer on the 22nd of May. Bruce joined RAL in 1987 and became the leading figure in RAL Space’s highly successful infrared astronomy programme over many years......
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