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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

  • 09 July 2014

    RAL Space team is Ground Control for newly launced UK satellite

    Two UK satellites, TechDemoSat-1 and UKube-1 have been launched overnight in part thanks to the efforts of the team at STFC RAL Space. Both satellites were launched on 8 July 2014 at 16.58 BST and data is now being beamed back to Earth....
  • 04 July 2014

    Teamwork Excellence Recognised by ESA

    When a mission that was meant to last for two years manages to stay viable for 13, it's fair to assume that there is a great team behind it. The Cluster team have been acknowledged for doing just that. At an ESA Awards Dinner in Darmstadt, Germany on 24th June, the team.....
  • 08 May 2014

    Professor Colin Pillinger

    It was with profound sadness that we learned of the death of our friend and colleague, Professor Colin Pillinger....

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