It is estimated that the UK's space sector underpins approximately 15% of the country's economic activity, around £15 billion per annum, and this is forecast to grow significantly. The UK government is aiming to create a £40 billion Space Sector, creating 100,000 new jobs by 2030.
The University of Leicester, together with Space Park Leicester is supporting this growth, boosting the regional economy, and contributing to the UK's competitiveness in Space.
Their experience includes mission design, construction, test, operation, exploitation and data archives. All these are supported by a strong programme in instrumentation and space engineering and training.
In energy, the University of Leicester, is leading the development of radioisotope thermoelectric generators and heater units as part of a European Space Agency (ESA) programme. This work is being carried out in collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory with a host of industry and academic partners in the UK, France and Germany.