RAL Space webinar: Introduction to the National Satellite Test Facility
01 Dec 2021



The first of a set of webinars for the user community to take a look behind the scenes at the world class facility, the National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF).

Thermal vacuum chamber in the National Satellite Test Facility

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Thermal vacuum chamber in the National Satellite Test Facility​

Credit: STFC RAL Space

Join us 14:00 ­– 16:00 GMT, Tuesday 18th January 2022 for an overview of our new large-scale testing facilities and meet the people who will operate them.

The NSTF is the UK's first comprehensive set of large-scale space test facilities at a single location. It will offer to satellite manufacturers from the UK and around the world a full range of purpose-built test equipment within one clean facility.

Join us for the first of a set of webinars to take a look behind the scenes of the NSTF. This event provides an overview of the construction of this purpose-built facility and an introduction to each of the facilities available from our expert environmental test team.

This first webinar is for our complete user community:

  • satellite manufacturers and supply chain – including programme teams and procurement
  • satellite end customers – including government, space agencies and operators.

Register to join us online to find out about the scale and ambition of our new facility, what it means for the growth of the space sector and why you should consider the NSTF for your next test campaign.

Our team also look forward to meeting you in our discussion session during the event. ​

Please join us on Tuesday 18th January 2022 from 14:00 ­– 16:00 on Zoom.

Please register to attend here ​​


Prof Chris Mutlow, Director, STFC RAL Space

NSTF and the UK space sector
Dr Chris Castelli, Director of Programmes, UK Space Agency

Building the NSTF
Sean Stewart, NSTF Programme Manager

Operational overview
Matt Fletcher, Head of Environmental Test Division, RAL Space

Facility overviews from RAL Space ​​group leaders:
Isabel Martinez – Quality Assurance
Dr Ian Horsfall – Dynamics
Matthew Oldfield – EMC
Giles Case – Infrastructure
Dr Cem Omur – Thermal Vacuum

Q&A facilitated by Dr Sarah Nash​, NSTF Business Development Manager, STFC RAL Space