Space and satellites at Space Park Leicester
Skills and talent for space
- 100,000 highly-skilled people employed in science, research, engineering and technology.
- 8 world-class academic institutions offering courses linked to the upstream space sector.
- Space Park Leicester is close to the UK’s second largest city of Birmingham and just over 1 hour away from London by rail.
- Near international airports and major motorways.
Local financial support
- Loans of between 500,000 GBP and 4 million GBP for eligible businesses.
- UK is home to the world’s first venture capital fund dedicated to space related businesses.
This opportunity is:
Costs of labour, industrial property and utilities are highly competitive in the UK.
Supported by government
The UK’s visa system is investor friendly and the Department for International trade offers advice on skills, finance and more.
Business networks and access to funding and academic institutions can help you get established and growing.
Leicester is a world leader in satellite technology and associated industries such as using space-enabled data.
Businesses based in Space Park Leicester will benefit from a collaborative community and state of the art, high-tech facilities.
EarthSense is a joint venture between aerial mapping company Bluesky and Leicester University.
They use complex modelling techniques to make products that map and manage air quality issues.
Combining data from satellites and open sources with their own air quality monitoring sensors, they created the first high resolution, nationwide map of UK air pollution.
European Space Agency (ESA)
The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) offers tailored support packages to start-ups in the UK space sector.
Successful applicants will be offered state-of-the-art coworking or fully equipped office space at Space Park Leicester from 2021. Companies will also receive:
- 100 hours of business coaching, technical support from academics, legal and intellectual property advice
- 2 cash incentives for research and development activity
The University of Leicester will support 6 ESA BIC companies between 2020 and 2022. The Science Technology Facilities Council will oversee the delivery of this support on behalf of ESA.
Geospatial Insight grew out of Leicester University’s space technology business incubator and is now one of the leading providers of geospatial intelligence in the world.
Their ground-breaking alternative data solutions add to traditional data analytics, enabling fast response to catastrophic events. It is revolutionising how insurers, investors and the markets make business decisions.
Omnidea Ltd (UK)
OMNIDEA solves challenges in the aerospace industry with their propulsion systems, airborne platforms and advanced manufacturing technologies. Its team of engineers focus on chemical propulsion and the development of green-propellant rocket engines using 3D printing.
In 2019 OMNIDEA took offices at the University of Leicester Innovation Hub. Being close to Leicester academics and facilities is vital to its presence in the UK. The UK Space Agency is supporting the development of Omnidea’s Plasma Focus Thruster which could revolutionise small satellite propulsion.