Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN) scheme

The Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN) has been designed to provide an introductory link for those considering employment in the space sector and space sector organisations looking to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future success of their businesses. The scheme is managed by the Institute for Environmental Analytics at the University of Reading and supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult and the UK Space Agency.

The value of practical experience in the workplace has long been recognised to offer benefits to the spintern, providing valuable experience of the work environment and the skills that are crucial to a successful career, and benefits to the sponsor or host organisation who can identify a project that might otherwise not be achievable, carried out with a fresh pair of eyes and perhaps a fresh perspective on their own organisation and possibly provide an informal extended interview of a potential employee.

The scheme has been running since 2013 and continues to grow in popularity.  We always encourage enquiries from potential host organisations who have a short-term project (typically of eight weeks duration), and who would like to offer individuals the opportunity to gain new skills and an insight into their business.

We welcome applications from individuals from all disciplines who are enthusiastic to work in the Space sector and are keen to develop new skills, applying and building on the knowledge they’ve acquired in their studies to date.

SPIN Frequently Asked Questions

The 2017 SPIN scheme is now open for applications

Project Descriptions are uploaded as we receive them from companies, and are then advertised for 4 weeks before a firm closing date. It is up to you to keep an eye out for new opportunities, which can arrive at any time. We also advertise them via Twitter (using #SPIN17), Facebook and LinkedIn. Good Luck!

If you have any questions regarding SPIN, please email


Project Title Ref Company Name Location Closing Date
Design and implement a (Deep) Neural Network to identify and output rooftop coordinates in a specific region of interest 17/01 Bird.i Glasgow CLOSED
Contextualisation of satellite imagery 17/02 Bird.i Glasgow CLOSED
Satellite Data Visualisation 17/03 Bird.i Glasgow CLOSED
Populating an innovative web platform with Earth observation products and services 17/04 Geocento Harwell CLOSED
Open Source Satellite Applications for Land & Water Resource Management 17/05 Pixalytics Plymouth CLOSED
Developing an Animation to Communicate the Benefits of Satellite Earth Observation 17/06 eOsphere Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Software for Nanosatellite System 17/07 Open Cosmos Harwell CLOSED
Remote Sensing Flood Foresight 17/08 JBA Consulting Oxfordshire / North Yorkshire CLOSED
Mechanical Systems Project Activities 17/09 SSTL Ltd Guildford, Surrey CLOSED
Driving Simulator Integration 17/10 Spirent Communications Paignton, Devon CLOSED
A Self-Deploying Space Mast System Using Eddy Current Damping 17/11 Oxford Space Systems Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
Using satellite data to track the disintegration of Antarctic peninsula glacier Larsen C 17/12 The Open University, Faculty of STEM Milton Keynes CLOSED
Visibility maps for remote sensing and surveying 17/13 The Open University, Faculty of STEM Milton Keynes CLOSED
Iceberg detection with satellite data 17/14 The Open University, Faculty of STEM Milton Keynes CLOSED
Characterisation of UVIS Spectrometer from in-flight data 17/15 The Open University, Faculty of STEM Milton Keynes CLOSED
Characterisation of a novel CMOS TDI image sensor 17/16 The Open University, Faculty of STEM Milton Keynes CLOSED
Extracting value from Sentinel data using Big data and Machine learning tools – Change detection, automatic classification 17/17 RHEA Group Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
Using Space for Smart, Connected and Conscious Cities 17/18 Starlab Ltd Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
Evaluating state-of-the-art atmospheric correction techniques for optical satellite data 17/19 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
Crowd sourced Satellite Image Tagging for Machine Learning 17/20 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
Predicting Spatial Patterns of Urban Growth in African Cities 17/21 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
An end-to-end processing chain for operational optical ship detection using Earth Observation data 17/22 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
Software Defined Radio (SDR) development for Nanosat Ground Segment 17/23 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
Design Communicator – Human-Centred Design Guide for the Space Industry 17/24 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
Building first ever cognitive recruitment App for intelligent and personalised hiring decisions 17/25 MeVitae Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
Using InSAR to map and monitor deformation 17/26 NPA Satellite Mapping, CGG Services (UK) Ltd Edenbridge, Kent CLOSED
Radiation testing of digital ICs 17/27 Cobham RAD Solutions Harwell, Oxfordshire CLOSED
Transferring smart garment technology to the Space Sector 17/28 Kymira Ltd, University of Reading Reading CLOSED
Six Research Experience Placements in Meteorology, Geography and Environmental Science 17/29 SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Reading Reading CLOSED

Other Opportunities:

The Satellite Applications Catapult also hosts other internships which are run throughout the year, which can be found on our vacancies page.

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