United Kingdom Astronomy Technology Centre

Crawford Building at the UK ATC

With our team the sky's not the limit

The UK Astronomy Technology Centre is the national centre for astronomical technology. We design and build instruments for many of the world's major telescopes. We also project-manage UK and international collaborations. Our scientists carry out observational and theoretical research into fundamental questions such as the origins of planets and of galaxies.


UK ATC key partner in new Scottish Satellite Applications Centre

21st March 2014 - The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh has this week been named one of the key partners in a new Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications that will enable businesses to tap in to the UK’s £8.2 billion space sector.

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Higgs Centre for Innovation

A new Higgs Centre for Innovation announced today (5 December 2013) aims to create new market opportunities whilst also inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The Centre will be built at STFC’s UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC). It will focus on business incubation and start-up business support, by exploiting UK ATC and academic instrumentation and big data capabilities for commercial use. Working in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the Centre will house up to 12 small businesses, as well as academic and PhD posts, to provide PhD students the opportunity to gain entrepreneurial experience as they start their research careers.

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