Astroscale Limitateda UK and European subsidiary of Astroscale Holdings Inc. (“Astroscale”), a market leader in satellite services and long-term orbital sustainability, Harwell Sciences Opens New Zeus Satellite Manufacturing and Operations Facility & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire
The UK space industry is growing rapidly, quadrupling its size since 2000 and has ambitious growth plans. next 10 years. this newaltitude UK facility will enable Astroscale to build satellite debris removal services satelliteand will rapidly develop a commercial product in the next few years, Helping further contribute to the growth, innovation and manufacturing potential of the UK space sector.
Move from Astroscale’s previous facility to new facility, Zeus, increases space by 900%, covering nearly 20,000 square feet to meet high specifications A satellite manufacturing facility, a satellite operations center, and an office housing 120 staff.
Astroscale’s new bespoke UK headquarters is at the heart of the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus Space Cluster, close to partners such as the British Space Agency, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Satellite Applications Catapult., STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and many space industry partner.this strategic position Enable Astroscale To lead Development of on-orbit service supply chains and commercial service economy Through the creation of new jobs, national capacities and world-leading facilities in the UK.
Nobuo Okada, Founder and CEO of Astroscale, said: “This facility will support our UK operations’ ambitious growth plans and will enable us to work with our partners to drive the development of the UK commercial on-orbit services market. Acting now will benefit future generations. We will ensure a sustainable space economy in the future.”
Britain continues leader of Both policy and technology development for Space debris removal and sustainability. Recent strategic announcements include the UK National Space Strategy 2021, the UK Space Agency’s Corporate Plan 2022-25 and most recently the Space Sustainability Plan (23 June 2022). British GOvernment’s Commitment to Building Early in the UK mover advantage in space robotics and Men-〇binding S.maintenance and M.anufacturing (IOSM) establishes global leadership in space sustainability.
Dr Paul Bate, Chief Executive of the British Space Agency, said: “The UK is leading the effort to make space more sustainable, supporting companies such as Astroscale to design innovative new missions to remove dangerous space debris. It’s great to see this state-of-the-art facility open, bring new capabilities to the UK and create over 100 jobs in the Harwell Space cluster.”
Astroscale has demonstrated international reach with roots in Asia (Japan, Singapore), expanding to the UK in 2017, the US (2019) and Israel (2020). Inward and UK investment, both government and private sector, remains important at this transformational stage of the on-orbit services market.
“By 2030, we want to make debris removal and on-orbit servicing part of our daily routine. Government and industry interests that share our ambition to push the boundaries of innovation and space technology.” Only by working closely with our stakeholders can we achieve this,” said Nick Shave, Managing Director of Astroscale Limited. “Together, we can create an orbital economy and new high-value jobs that ensure space is safe and sustainable for future generations.”
“As a fast-growing space business, opening our own facility in the UK to design and manufacture astroscale debris removal and satellite services satellites is a transformative moment for us,” adds Shave. “We will also leverage our long-standing partnership with the Satellite Applications Catapult for space mission operations for future orbital service missions, including the ELSA-M multi-client removal service, and will evaluate utilization of the STFC National Space Test Facility,” said Harwell. This is also a landmark moment for Astroscale, many of whom will soon begin work at the recently announced British Space Agency to create new homes for their 120 staff. Active debris removal mission to remove two defunct satellites from low earth orbit”
Astroscale celebrates successful End-of-Life Services operations with ELSA-d (Astroscale-demonstration) missions this year and last yearELSA-d was the world’s first commercial debris removal demonstration mission, proving magnetic capture technologyyrequired for end-to-end L.Oh Earth 〇Binding Satellite Service.
guide fBased on this success, ESA and the British Space Agency have endorsed one web sunrise partnership program continuation next development Astroscale Servicer ELSA-M, a model capable of serving multiple satellites in a single mission. ELSA-M is scheduled to be launched in 2024. of Zeus building With Harwell, create a platform quickly Develop commercial debris removal services for satellite constellation customers committed to developing a responsible and sustainable space economy.
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus is internationally recognized as the world’s leading center for innovation and technology with over 200 organizations, £3 billion national facilities and over 6,000 employees.
Harwell Campus CEO Stuart Grant said: “Astroscale’s new facility in Zeusville will enable them to further develop their innovative commercial products, create jobs, drive inward investment and drive growth in the nation’s space sector.”
“Harwell brings together leading space companies, national facilities and research expertise with organizations in the life sciences, quantum and energy technology sectors to create an exciting environment for interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships.”-STFC “Astroscale’s phenomenal growth is a testament to this thriving innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem and the important role of the Harwell Space Cluster as a gateway to the UK space sector.”