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Arc for Space


Arc for Space is an initiative spearheaded by world-class institutions from across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc to address global challenges through the implementation of transformational technologies with the UK space sector.

Top representatives from universities of Cambridge, Cranfield, Open and Oxford have come together to pool expertise and capabilities that can support UK-wide partnerships focused on global sustainability. We believe global challenges will only be solved by the financing of ambitious innovation and committed collaboration; and that the solutions lie in space.

Key Contacts

Dr Simon Jackman

Organisation: University of Oxford
Role: Senior Innovation Fellow and Arc for Space Initiative Lead

Martine Harvey

Organisation: Open University
Role: Regional Space Innovation Manager and Arc for Space Supercluster Development Lead

Marie Roberts

Organisation: Satellite Applications Catapult
Role: Arc for Space Initiative Manager

Facilities & Assets

  • Silverstone Technology Park

  • Situated on the Northamptonshire/Buckinghamshire border, at the heart of the Silverstone Technology Cluster, Silverstone Park provides a global destination for innovation, business development and engineering. At the forefront of global technological innovation, the Park has a solution-oriented approach to tenant relations and property management.

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  • Westcott Space Cluster

  • Westcott Space Cluster hosts Satellite Applications Catapult’s Agri Living Lab, Future Networks Development Centre, Healthy Living Lab, Westcott Innovation Centre and Westcott Business Incubator. It is also home to the UK Space Agency’s UK National Propulsion Test Facility.

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Partners & Academic Institutions

  • Cranfield University

  • As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally

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  • Harwell Space Cluster

  • Harwell Space Cluster forms an integral part of the UK’s space sector and has grown into a dynamic, enterprising ecosystem of 105 space organisations employing over 1,400 people.

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  • Open University

  • The Open University is world renowned for planetary exploration, electronic imaging, lunar science and astronomy. The recently formed astrobiology group is leading in planetary protection, governance and is working internationally with developing countries. The university has an excellent track record in the translation of space research into terrestrial applications, is growing its expertise in microgravity, and is driving new initiatives in Earth and Environmental Sciences. The university also is a partner in the successful SPRINT programme involving five leading universities to support SMEs to commercially exploit technologies, data and expertise developed for space. Our key research themes are listed below.

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  • Satellite Applications Catapult

  • The Satellite Applications Catapult is at the heart of the satellite services revolution, driving take-up of space technology and applications to shape, and sustain, the world of tomorrow. We’re driven by how our actions help the organisations we work with, both large and small, bring new services to market. By connecting industry and academia we get new research off the ground and into the market more quickly.

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  • University of Cambridge

  • The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through education, learning and research at the highest international level.

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  • University of Oxford

  • Oxford University provides world-class research and education to benefit society on a local, regional, national and global scale.

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  • Westcott Space Cluster

  • The Westcott Space Cluster is located in the Buckinghamshire Enterprise Zone of the Westcott Venture Park, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and home to a growing nucleus of space-related companies developing new innovative technologies in rocket propulsion, 5G communications and in-orbit servicing and manufacturing. Space is one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors, attracting investment from Government, industry and private equity firms. Westcott alone has attracted over £40 million investment for the UK space sector and is a great example of what can be achieved through the Industrial Strategy.

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