Missions and Projects


​​​​​​​RAL Space Mission Timeline​


In 1962, researchers at what is now RAL supported a space mission to launch Canada’s first satellite, Alouette 1, marking the beginning of RAL Space’s involvement with the space industry.

For more than 50 years, RAL Space has supported over 210 space missions positioning RAL as a centre for the UK space sector.

RAL Space has worked on a variety of missions including the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Ptolemy instrument for ESA's Rosetta mission. Our involvement in these missions and more can be explored in the categories below. ​

For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries​​

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Earth Sciences


Near-Earth Environment


Solar Physics


Solar System