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Space Cluster Platform offers Strong Support for Sector Expansion

Jun 24 2020 Read 154 Times

Supporting its ambition to become the most compelling global gateway to the space sector, while enhancing its power as an engine of growth, innovation and investment for the whole of the UK, Harwell Space Cluster’s 10 year growth strategy sets out to number 200 organisations collectively employing 5,000 people by 2030.

The cluster has grown to 105 organisations, during the last decade, cementing its role as a platform for both UK and international space companies. Its aims are to continue building the infrastructure and enhanced environment that will support companies in times of economic uncertainty. Continuing to deliver projects during COVID-19, such as the construction of the UK government-funded National Satellite Test Facility by STFC RAL Space, will ensure that vital national infrastructure is in place to help cluster companies as they emerge from COVID-19.

The STFC-managed European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK) also provides funding, business advice, access to space expertise and laboratories for start-ups wanting to break into the sector.

Professor Chris Mutlow, Director of STFC RAL Space, said: “At RAL Space we’ve watched the Harwell Space Cluster grow around us. We stand ready to support as it sets out to deliver this ambitious strategy.  Our expanding facilities, expert workforce and ability to tackle complex challenges help make Harwell the perfect place for our global partners to work with the UK space sector and for UK organisations to springboard out into the world.”

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