Space and satellites at Space Park Leicester

Invest in UK space and satellites

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Be part of a technology revolution

Businesses pioneering new satellite, space and data technologies are leading the rapid growth of the UK space sector.

Join established businesses and researchers specialising in space engineering, both up and down stream, at Space Park Leicester.

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The investment opportunity

  1. Rapid growth

    With a national network of space clusters, the UK space industry has trebled in size since 2000, outperforming the global space economy.

    The industry plans to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030.

  2. Local expertise

    There are already over 85 space engineering businesses in and around Leicester, each with a wide range of capabilities.

    The highly skilled and specialised workforce help make space sector productivity nearly 3 times higher than the national average. Each worker adds value of 140,000 GBP.

  3. An end to end offer

    Space Park Leicester, due to open in early 2021, offers everything you need to grow your business all on one site, from product conception and development, through to testing and manufacturing.

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Leicester - ideal for space and satellites

Skills, talent, financial support and a central UK location make Leicester a prime location for the growth of your business.

  • 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.
  • Well placed
    • 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.
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This opportunity is:

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    Cost competitive

    Costs of labour, industrial property and utilities are highly competitive in the UK.

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    Supported by government

    The UK’s visa system is investor friendly and the Department for International trade offers advice on skills, finance and more.

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    Supported locally

    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.

Who’s already here

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Success snapshots

EarthSense

EarthSense

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)

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

Geospatial Insight

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 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.