Space Test Facilities

The testing of products designed for use in space missions is essential for the success of a mission. Equipment and materials need to be tested for resilience to extreme temperatures, vibrations and pressure.

STFC's Assembly Integration and Verification Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory consists of a vibration test facility, thermal vacuum and bakeout facility, and large clean rooms for assembling sensitive flight hardware.

The facility's experience in the space industry has required work to the strict quality standards imposed by ESA and NASA. These high standards have nurtured an outlook which ensures testing remains within timescales and is of consistent quality. In recognition of our space product assurance system we have been awarded the ISO 9000-2000 accreditation.

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000