RAL Space at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)
carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and
technology development. With significant involvement in over 210 space
missions, we are at the very forefront of UK space research. Our
expertise covers a wide range of disciplines including; astronomy, solar
physics, planetary physics, fundamental physics, earth observation,
atmospheric chemistry and radio propagation. Our engineering disciplines
include space electronics, detector systems, thermal and mechanical
engineering, optics design, software engineering and e-Science.
Our 240 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 work closely alongside the UK Space Agency who co-ordinate UK civil space activities.
undertake world-leading space research and Earth observation 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.