The Space Research Centre has a long history of involvement, via collaboration with other research groups and industry, in major international space missions.

Current Activities

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Operational Missions Flight Programmes Mission Studies

Swift (2004)

Chandra (1999)

XMM-Newton (1999)

GERB (2002)

Astrosat (2015/16)

James Webb Space
Telescope (2018)

BepiColombo (2017)


ExoMars (2016 and 2018)

Cerenkov Telescope Array
(ground based)





The Space Research Centre was heavily involved in the Beagle 2 probe that was discovered on the surface of Mars following its loss during landing in 2003.

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The 2018 Ernest Rutherford Fellowships round is now open for applications. Further details on the process of applying for an ERF in the Department of Physics and Astronomy can be found here.

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