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Welcome to the RAL Space website

RAL Space, based at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), 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.

Our 200 staff are dedicated to supporting the programmes of the STFC and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC (link opens in a new window)), as well as undertaking a large number of space projects for UK and overseas agencies, universities and industrial companies.

We work alongside the UK Space Agency (link opens in a new window) who co-ordinate UK civil space activities.

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.

Latest News

  • 18 February 2015

    UK takes next steps in preparing for Space Weather events

    18th February 2015 - Space weather has the potential to have a massive negative impact on space and Earth based systems that we take for granted, such as communications networks. A new report out in the UK today, based on contributions from over 1,000 members of the.....
  • 12 January 2015

    Gold Medal for STFC supported Astronomer

    January 12th 2015 – A number of STFC supported astronomers are celebrating after being honoured by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in their annual awards for their work in geophysics and astronomy. Leading the Field is Professor Mike Lockwood from Reading University.....
  • 04 December 2014

    10th Appleton Space Conference gets underway

    The Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy has opened the 10th Appleton Space Conference this morning with a keynote speech on the importance of the Harwell Space Gateway to the UK economy......

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