in Space

UKSA awards grant to Airbus to develop Space Catalyst in Stevenage

Posted 24 November 2023

Airbus Defence and Space in the UK has been awarded £3.9 million from the UK Space Agency (UKSA) to create a space and connectivity catalyst at its headquarters in Stevenage.



Image copyright Airbus

Airbus will create a range of facilities at its 14 acre site available to new and existing space players to encourage growth in the wider space ecosystem.

The new Space Catalyst will be part of Airbus’ Community for Space Prosperity (CUSP) programme which aims to grow the activity of the UK space supply chain, research and outreach activities.

Ben Bridge, Chairman of Airbus Defence and Space UK said: “We have always been committed to encouraging new entrants into the UK’s vibrant space economy, and this award will enable us to take it to the next level. By building dedicated facilities at our Stevenage headquarters, new and existing space players will be able to take advantage of the laboratories, test facilities and existing infrastructure and tap into the expertise of the 1,200 skilled workforce based on site, further strengthening the UK’s sovereign space capability.”

Dr Paul Bate, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Airbus to create a range of new space facilities in Stevenage to support the wider sector, as part of its Community for Space Prosperity (CUSP) programme. Infrastructure like this will help ensure the UK stays at the forefront of international space missions and fosters advanced capabilities, generating more opportunities for business, suppliers and researchers, and inspiring the future workforce.

“The Space Clusters Infrastructure Fund highlights the government’s commitment to space and will help deliver the goal set out in the National Space Strategy to build one of the most innovative and attractive space economies in the world, developing new skills and creating jobs.”

UKSA launched its Space Clusters and Infrastructure Fund (SCIF) competition in May 2023. In total, UKSA is awarding more than £47m to fund new initiatives and broaden the UK’s industrial space based economy. The latest figures from UKSA show the UK space industry is worth more than £17.5 billion a year to the economy.

Airbus has launched the Community for Space Prosperity (CUSP) as an initiative which brings together all the various activities and opportunities that Airbus has for the Space industry in the UK under one approach. CUSP has been designed as an open and inclusive community, with opportunities for suppliers, researchers and those joining the Space industry. Airbus wants to ensure that it continues to grow the Space industry in the UK.

Airbus’ plans include creating a series of laboratories for a range of disciplines including robotics, flat satellites, digital twins, cyber etc, which will be available for use by companies in the sector. This would enable innovative hardware to be rapidly matured and de-risked with all facilities connected to enable demonstration of a full mission.

The facilities will also include a high-tech lab space for collaborative work, or stand-alone industrial use on Virtual and Augmented Reality, enabling new missions to be played and scenario planning. It is expected to attract companies in areas as diverse as space robotics, remote sensing, planetary sciences, climate change, electric aviation, and mixed autonomy traffic operations among others.

The space catalyst will also have the opportunity to link with the Stevenage Bio Science Catalyst to advance space base bioscience research and commercialisation.

 

 

 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Airbus and LCI to develop AAM ecosystems

Airbus and LCI have announced a collaboration agreement to jointly develop ecosystems for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).

Bristow signs AW189 Framework Agreement with Leonardo

Leonardo and Bristow Group have announced a new framework agreement, including firm orders for 10 AW189 super medium helicopters plus 10 options.

UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps visits RAF Valley

The UK's Secretary of State for Defence Grant Shapps visited RAF Valley recently to see the results of £775 million invested in state-of-the-art equipment to train the next generation of pilots.

Ascent continues UK military aircrew training upgrade

Ascent Flight Training and Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated two advanced prototype Texan Virtual Reality Trainers – part of a range of simulators joining the training programme at RAF Valley.

Leonardo and Sloane enhance partnership in UK and Ireland

Leonardo and Sloane have announced a major reinforcement of their collaboration in the UK and Ireland commercial helicopter market at Heli-Expo 2024, with the signing of Preliminary Sales Contracts for nine AW09 next-generation

IATA releases 2023 Safety Report

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its 2023 Annual Safety Report for global aviation, highlighting the continued progress made on aviation safety, with several 2023 parameters showing

ODU SK0106300622
See us at
Space Comm Expo BTDVD BT