Funders, supporters and partners

We are supported by a number of organisations who are interested in education, the space sector or both. They provide us with funding to help make some of our projects possible, partner with us to offer guidance, facilities and resources or support us with expertise and insight.


Funders Partners Industry Links

 

If you would like to support us in educating and inspiring the next generation of space scientists, contact us today.


Funders

UK Space Agency

UK Space Agency

Reporting to the Minister of State for Universities and Science, the UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore space, exploit space-based applications and technology and support our academic and industrial communities. We work to increase understanding of space and its practical benefits and inspire our next generation of UK scientists and engineers.


National Space Centre

National Space Centre

The UK's largest visitor attraction dedicated to space and space exploration. The centre welcomes around a quarter of a million visitors each year since its opening in June 2001. We are part funded by the National Space Centre and our science lab sits within the centre itself.


LLoyds Register Foundation

Lloyd's Register Foundation

Lloyd's Register Foundation helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.


STFC

STFC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science. They tackle some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security.


PPG

PPG

PPG Industries are a global paintings and coatings company who own a number of smaller companies and brands. PPG has a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility. Thanks to this ethos and the enthusiasm of PPG staff, the PPG Chemistry Education Project was set up. Donations from PPG enable more schools to access our masterclasses. These masterclasses use space contexts to tackle the curriculum in areas that are key for PPG's work: colour and materials.


Airbus

Airbus Defence & Space

One of the UK's largest space sector employers, and also a key player in aerospace and defence technologies. Airbus Defence & Space is part of the wider Airbus group which has centres across the world. Incorporating the former Astrium Geo-Information services, which offers an unrivalled combination of Earth observation imagery and geo-information products and services, and Astrium engineering, leading the way in spacecraft design and building on numerous contracts for ESA and other space agencies, Airbus Defence & Space is one of the UK's top space sector employers, with numerous career pathways available to new talent.


Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce

A world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, Rolls-Royce has established a strong position in global markets; civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy including nuclear.


The Ogden Trust

The Ogden Trust

The Ogden Trust encourages and promotes the teaching and learning of physics. It does this by sponsoring talented students studying physics at sixth form and undergraduate level, undergraduate and postgraduate students who wish to become physics teachers, and programmes and projects supporting physical science teaching in primary and secondary schools.


ESA

ESA

Europe's gateway to space. ESA's mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 19 Member States. ESA's job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA's programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries.


Garfield Weston

The Garfield Weston Foundation

Established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, a Canadian businessman who arrived in the UK with his family in 1932. He was the creator of Associated British Foods and the Foundation was endowed with the donation of family-owned company shares. Since the Foundation began it has donated more than £680 million to charities across the UK. The Foundation contributes to a wide range of causes, including education, community, welfare, youth, health, the arts and the environment.


ITP Aero

ITP Aero

Ranking among the top one hundred companies in the aerospace industry (Top 100 Aerospace Companies, PwC and Flight International, 2015), the company has production centres in Spain, United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States, Malta and India with over 3,600 employees. ITP Aero includes the design, research and development, manufacturing and casting, assembly and testing of aeronautical engines. It also provides MRO services for a wide range of engines for regional airlines, business aviation, helicopters, industrial and defence applications. In 2017 ITP Aero became part of the Rolls-Royce Group and operates as a corporate entity.


Inmarsat

Inmarsat

Inmarsat has been at the forefront of mobile satellite services for several decades and is the leading provider of global voice, data and IP communications solutions. They deliver mission-critical communications where terrestrial networks don't go or are ineffective. Inmarsat recently launched Alphasat (a joint venture with the European Space Agency) and the next generation of state-of-the-art satellites and services (Global Xpress™).


Telespazio Vega

Telespazio VEGA

Telespazio VEGA is a highly experienced consulting, technology and engineering services business, which supports satellite operators and manufacturers worldwide and helps other organisations benefit from space data and services.


ESERO UK

ESERO-UK

Also known as the UK Space Education Office, ESERO UK promotes the use of space to enhance and support the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in schools and colleges throughout the UK. They are funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Department for Education.

 


Partners

Loughborough College

Loughborough College

Established in 1909, Loughborough College offers GCSE to degree level courses as well as vocational courses and Apprenticeships. Courses can be studied in a variety of ways including full time, part time and distance learning. The college shares a campus and sports facilities with Loughborough University. The college is working with the National Space Academy to provide teaching for the Academy's Space Engineering course.


Nottingham Geospatial Unit

Nottingham Geospatial Institute

Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) is a leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institute at The University of Nottingham. NGI specialises in spatial and location-based science and engineering, empowered by satellite positioning, remote sensing and integrated technologies. Formed in 2011, NGI is the result of a merger between the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy and the Centre for Geospatial Science.


University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Research scientists at the University of Leicester have a long and distinguished record of discovery in space science. Every year since 1967 a Leicester-built instrument has operated in space. The Space Research Centre. has held significant roles in many space missions for space agencies including NASA, the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency (ESA), ISRO (India) and JAXA (Japan), covering astronomical missions (including the Hubble Space Telescope), Earth Observation Science missions and various planetary missions including the current NASA "Curiosity" Mars rover.


Industry Links

Surrey Satellites Technology Limited

Surrey Satellites Technology Ltd. (SSTL)

SSTL is a world leader in the design, manufacture and operation of high performance small satellites. SSTL has launched more than 35 small satellites, making it the most successful and experienced small satellite supplier in the world.


Mullard Space Science Laboratory

Mullard Space Science Laboratory

UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory carries out research into a wide range of physical phenomena, from the extremes of Earth's climate and the near-Earth space environment to the planets, Sun and astronomical phenomena such as gamma-ray bursts, binary star and quasars. They are also actively involved in the development, construction and exploitation of high precision instrumentation for use on satellites and in the wider world.


RAF

RAF

The primary role of the RAF is defence of British and European airspace with additional roles of search and rescue and disaster relief. The RAF uses a wide range of space related technology and information. The RAF supported the development of the Teaching Laboratory at the National Space Centre and has donated some exhibits that are housed there.


Magna Parva

Magna Parva

Magna Parva is a young and growing company successfully involved in the design and development of specialised instrumentation for the high performance sectors of space, motorsport and automotive industries.


Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy covers a range of topics in galactic and extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, including theory, observation and the development of related instrumentation. Major areas include: observations of high-redshift galaxies and their cosmological evolution; theoretical, computational and observational studies of the formation of stars and planets; design and construction of astronomical instrumentation for ground and space-based observatories; and theoretical work on the early Universe its large-scale


CEPSAR

Open University/CEPSAR

The Open University and CEPSAR have a long-standing international reputation for pioneering research. Key highlights include our Huygens probe Surface Science Package that provided the first characterisation of the surface of Titan, the discovery that long-term low-level chronic nitrogen deposition significantly reduces plant biodiversity in grasslands (a Science top 10 'breakthrough') and the discovery of the first super star cluster in the galaxy Westerlund-1 for example


Met Office

The Met Office

The Met Office is the UK's National Weather Service using satellite images and data to accurately forecast daily changes in weather. They also run world class research into climate change, developing models and simulations to predict impacts of a changing climate.


 

RAL space 


RAL Space

RAL Space, based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, has been involved with over 200 space missions. Including designing, testing and building satellite instruments and telescopes that observe our Earth and explore the furthest reaches of our Universe.


NCEO

 

NCEO

The National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) is a distibuted National Environment Research Council (NERC) centre for over 80 scientists from UK Universities and research organisations. NCEO provides NERC with National Capability in Earth Observation (EO) science and incorporates world- class capabilities in interpretive EO. It identifies a unique capability of Earth observation to study environmental change on scales from global to local. In response to this, NCEO provides innovative approaches to scientific investigations of the global and regional Earth system.