Space Park Leicester funding announced

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 10, 2017 10:05 AM |
For the past two years, colleagues across the University have been working to deliver new Research and Development facilities that will transform research capability, and educational opportunity, across the region.

Yesterday, the University supported a LLEP event with regional development partners, including the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government, Marcus Jones MP, Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, LLEP Chair Nick Pulley and leader of Leicestershire County Council Nick Rushton, in which a Government commitment of £12.9 million to kick start the development of Space Park Leicester was announced.

The Space Park will provide a national hub for space research, learning, public engagement and innovation. The international space industry has been identified by the Government as one of the areas where the UK can excel; as stated in the National Space Policy it is expected that the space industry will grow to £40 billion and our aim is for Leicester to be at the heart of this growth.

Speaking at the National Space Centre, Marcus Jones MP said: “There is massive potential for growth here in Leicester in the space sector – a sector that the government believes to be critical to the country’s growth going forward.”

Our vision for Space Park Leicester is to deliver a Research and Development Cluster that will be recognised internationally as a world-leading hub for lowering the cost of access for space to satellite systems and generating value from the downstream use of earth observation and other space enabled data.

Building on the University’s international reputation for space science, it will be shaped by the demands of the UK space and space-enabled economy, and will include a centre for space education providing training in apprenticeships, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and continuous professional development (CPD).

We aim to have the first phase of development complete by 2019, and by 2025 we hope to have a full and functioning facility at the site. We are proud to be working with our local partners to make Leicester internationally recognised as the UK’s space city.

You can find out more and watch a video about the project on the Space Park Leicester website.

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