UK space sector gets a boost with the installation of a giant new satellite test chamber
The largest vessel in the UK to test spacecraft has just been installed at the National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) in Oxfordshire, following a long and complex journey from Italy.
UK and international businesses will be able to test spacecraft up to the size of a minibus as well as fleets of shoebox-size satellites in the 16m long space test chamber for the harsh conditions of space, including extreme temperatures from -180֯֯C to +100֯֯C.
It has been installed in the National Satellite Test Facility, a UK government investment through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, to build the UK’s largest set of co-located equipment for testing spacecraft which will be opened by the UKRI Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) RAL Space in 2022.
Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: “The UK is a world-leader in space technology and this impressive new chamber, backed by government funding, will significantly bolster our satellite testing capabilities.
“Importantly, it will ensure that our space industry has the first-class facilities they need to test large, complex spacecraft as we work towards the UK’s first satellite launch.”
Find out more about this incredible feat of engineering and logistics in the full story on the STFC RAL Space website.
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