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 UK Space Agency and supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult.

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 SPIN 2018 scheme is now open! Click on the project title for full details, and scroll down on this page to apply.

Project Title Ref Company Name Location Closing Date
Drought and Flood Mitigation Service 18/39 RHEA Tech Harwell 6 June
SunbYte: Sheffield University Nova Balloon Lifted Telescope with NASA 18/38 The University of Sheffield Sheffield 6 June
Space Careers Development Placement 18/37 Milton Keynes 6 June
Development of a space-borne GNSS receiver subsystem using COTS 18/36 Open Cosmos Harwell 5 June
AI for Space Robotics 18/35 GMV Innovating Solutions Harwell 5 June
Validation Campaign for a Novel Internet of Things (IoT) Satellite 18/34 Lacuna Space Harwell 5 June
Validation and Test of a Novel Internet of Things (IoT) Satellite 18/33 Lacuna Space Harwell 5 June
PROSPECTing for Lunar Water: Sample Camera for a Moon Lander 18/32 The Open University Milton Keynes 5 June
NightLights: Business Case & User Requirements 18/31 Alba Orbital Glasgow 5 June
Developing and Deploying Feature Extraction Algorithms using Innovative New Methods 18/30 Spottitt Harwell 5 June
Weather Monitoring for Satellite Communications 18/29 Goonhilly Earth Station Helston, Cornwall 1 June
Website Content and Development 18/28 Geocento Harwell 5 June
Cloud Masking of Optical Imagery 18/27 Geocento Harwell 5 June

Project Descriptions are uploaded as we receive them from companies. 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 #SPIN18), Facebook and LinkedIn. Good Luck!


Fill out my online form.

The information in this form will be held by the Satellite Applications Catapult and shared with the organisation you are applying for, for the purpose of job applications and opportunities only. To see the Satellite Applications Catapult Privacy Policy, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding SPIN, please email

Other Opportunities:

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

2018 Closed Projects

Project Title Ref Company Name Location Closing Date
Aircraft 3D Real-Time Tracing and Colliding Detection with Map Elevation 18/26 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Identifying Opportunities for Satellite Services among Organisations with Responsibilities for Monitoring and Managing Coastal Regions 18/25 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Augmented Intelligence 18/24 MeVitae Harwell CLOSED
Nanosatellite imager implementation 18/23 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Orbital Witness SPINintern 18/22 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Unplanned urban growth and its contribution to the impacts of a disaster 18/21 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Evaluating state-of-the-art open source deep learning techniques and their applicability to satellite Earth Observation datasets 18/20 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Modelling the inundation extent of tailings dam failures using Earth Observation 18/19 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Evaluating the Satellite Earth Observation in a compute-abundant world: an evaluation of Geospatial Data Analysis Platforms 18/18 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Assessment of satellite-terrestrial integration novel product development in the 5G environment for the drones market 18/17 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Characterising astronomical detector using Android phone 18/16 The Open University Milton Keynes CLOSED
Modelling oxygen extraction from lunar rocks for in-situ use on the Moon 18/15 The Open University Milton Keynes CLOSED
Characterising the detectors for the Soft X-ray Imager on SMILE 18/14 The Open University Milton Keynes CLOSED
Analysis of NOMAD-UVIS data from the ExoMars orbiter mission to Mars. 18/13 The Open University Milton Keynes CLOSED
Optical Systems Team Placement 18/12 SSTL Guildford CLOSED
Option 1: Compression of Video from Space
Option 2: Research the ability to detect wind turbine activity from space – graduate opportunity
18/11 Earth-i Guildford CLOSED
Cinematic Animation for Engineering Visualisation, Rapid EO Prototyping and Client Visualisation – graduate opportunity 18/10 Alba Orbital Glasgow CLOSED
Evaluating the Interoperability of Analysis Ready Data over the UK – graduate opportunity 18/09 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Prototype of EO data storage infrastructure for new Open Cosmos nanosatellite mission – graduate opportunity 18/08 Open Cosmos Harwell CLOSED
Earth Observation data preparation and analysis for machine learning – graduate opportunity 18/07 Deimos Space UK Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Oceans as a predictor for daily rainfall risk – graduate opportunity 18/06 Weather Logistics Ltd Nottingham CLOSED
Finding innovative ways use existing data to train and validate satellite imagery feature extraction algorithms – graduate opportunity 18/05 Spottitt Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Radar Wind Profiler at Sea (RWP@Sea) – Feasibility study for the hardware concept – graduate opportunity 18/04 S&AO Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Improving sustainable agriculture in Uganda: building an Early Warning Platform – graduate opportunity 18/03 RHEATECH LTD Harwell CLOSED
Enabling new EO technologies for air quality markers – graduate opportunity 18/02 AVS UK Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Advanced Concepts Team Placement (Ref 180116 TAS UK) – 12 month placement 18/01 Thales Alenia Space Bristol CLOSED

Cookies on Catapult explained

To comply with EU directives we now provide detailed information about the cookies we use. To find out more about cookies on this site, what they do and how to remove them, see our information about cookies. Click OK to continue using this site.