New rocket testing facility launched as cheaper & greener: A new top-of-the-line UK facility for greener & cheaper rocket testing – one of just 3 of its kind worldwide – has been officially revealed.

The National Space Propulsion Test Facility (NSPTF), which was rewarded £4 million in support from the UK Space Agency, is located at the Westcott Space Cluster in Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone.

In the past, companies could only test very small engines in the UK but now the facility will enable UK companies & academics to test propulsion engines that are used to move small satellites in space at a more affordable rate instead of having to go abroad.

Furthermore, new types of better sustainable propellants, for instance Hydrogen Peroxide & Liquid Oxygen are more environmentally friendly in sourcing, storage & combustion, can additionally be tested.

Amanda Solloway, Science Minister stated: “As we build back better we are investing in our brightest space scientists, the facilities they work in and the technologies they are creating.

“This pioneering facility will support our ambitious space businesses, enabling them to undertake complex spacecraft engine testing, while boosting the local economy by creating highly skilled jobs.”

The UK Space Agency worked together with the European Space Agency, the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s RAL Space facility & Nammo UK to produce the new testing centre.

New rocket testing facility launched as cheaper & greener

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