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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

  • 04 April 2014

    UrtheCast Cameras - First Light

    UrtheCast's have today released the "first light" image taken with cameras on-board the International Space Station. The image, captured on 28th March with the medium resolution camera (MRC), is centrered around the city of Moneague, Jamaica and has a 6 meter ground.....
  • 29 January 2014

    Epic spacewalk will put us in the front row for near live video of the Earth

    For the first time all internet users across the globe will be able to view recent scenes and events on Earth filmed from Space day and night. Two new cameras, one high-definition and one medium-resolution have been installed on the Russian segment of the International.....
  • 10 January 2014

    UK scientists use ALMA to spot supernova dust factory 160,000 light years away

    UK scientists have used the ALMA telescope to help capture the remains of a recent supernova - or exploding star – that is brimming with freshly formed dust 160,000 light years from Earth. Supernovae are thought to produce a large amount of the dust within galaxies,.....

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