About RAL Space
13 Feb 2019



RAL Space carry out world-class science research and technology development with significant involvement in more than 210 instruments on missions to date.

​​Aerial view of RAL Space ​at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

View of R100 building at the​ Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)


As an integral part of the Science and Technology Faciliti​es Council (STFC), RAL Space is the space hub for UK Rese​arch and Innovation​, supporting its mission to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.​

Our Visio​​n

RAL Space is the UK's national laboratory advancing the understanding​ of space and our environment for the benefit of all.

​What we ​do

We work with UK and overseas agencies, universities and industrial companies on space and ground based space projects. Our unique position between industry and academia enables us to strengthen the UK space community. We do this through:​

RAL Space has over 60 years of experience and expertise in space programmes. Our experts work throughout the lifecycle of space missions:

  • leading concept stu​​dies for future missions
  • developing bespoke innovative scientific instrumentation
  • providing space test and ground-based facilities
  • operating ground-stations
  • processing and analysing data. 

​We employ more than 335 highly skilled staff in the heart of the Harwell Space Cluster and at the Chilbolton Observatory. We provide a graduate training programme, apprenticeships and placement student opportunities, as well opportunities for engineers, scientists and technicians throughout their careers. Find out more about careers at RAL Space


For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries