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Harwell Space Cluster


Harwell Space Cluster is the gateway to the UK space sector with 105 Space organisations employing 1100 people.

The Harwell Space Cluster is the gateway to the UK space sector and benefits from the presence of leading public space organisations, including the European Space Agency, RAL Space, Satellite Applications Catapult and UK Space Agency. Harwell is also home to the Science & Technology Facilities Council, with over £2 billion of infrastructure for both public and private research and development.

Global space companies such as Airbus Defence & Space, Lockheed Martin and Thales Alenia Space have established a presence at Harwell, with activities ranging from the design of propulsion subsystems to satellite navigation systems. These are joined by a range of SMEs from start-ups in the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre to rapidly growing companies such as Oxford Space Systems, Deimos Space UK, Rezatec and NDA.

The Harwell Space Cluster is part of the UK strategy to increase its share of the rapidly expanding world space market to 10% by 2030. The UK Space market was worth £14.8bn to the economy in 2016/7, and has tripled in size since 2000. The UK Space sector already provides 41,900 jobs and directly contributes £5.1 billion GVA to UK GDP.

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Cluster Manager: Dr Joanna Hart

Tim Peake - Space Cluster
Harwell Campus is an established and important hub for the very best of European space and science technology. It’s always exciting to visit Harwell Campus, I can’t wait to be back.

Major Tim Peake