RAL Space at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (link opens in a new window). We work alongside the UK Space Agency (link opens in a new window) (UKSA) who co-ordinate UK civil space activities. RAL Space 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. RAL Space has ISO9001:2008 certification for the work it undertakes on space and ground-based instruments.
Our 200 staff are dedicated to supporting the programmes of the STFC and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), 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.
Much of our work is in collaboration with UK university research groups and a range of institutes around the world. Most of these collaborations have been set up to support the European Space Agency (link opens in a new window)(ESA) and NASA (link opens in a new window) missions, although RAL is also working on projects with other countries and organisations including Australia, Japan, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia and the European Union.
We provide opportunities for hosting scientists and engineers on sabbatical leave, visiting scientists on short term visits and for university sandwich course students on one-year placements. RAL Space also provides graduate engineer training and CASE (Cooperative Awards in Science and Engineering) studentships. For more information see the STFC website (link opens in a new window).