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 2016 SPIN Placement now closed for applications

New opportunities for summer 2017 will be added from January 2017.

If you have any questions regarding SPIN, please email


Project Title Ref Company Name Location Closing Date
Development of software for land
surface mapping using Earth
observation data
16/01 Pixalytics Ltd Plymouth CLOSED
Secure Imagery over Mesh Space (SIMS) 16/02 SQR Systems Central London CLOSED
Thermal Plume Mapping by Infrared Remote Sensing 16/03 EDF Energy Reading University CLOSED
Advanced Earth Observation data products 16/04 Assimila Ltd Reading CLOSED
Development of SimROUTE Navigation Product 16/05 Spirent Communications Paignton, Devon CLOSED
Business Development Analyst 16/06 Stevenson Astrosat Edinburgh, Scotland CLOSED
Systems / Web Developer  16/07 Stevenson Astrosat Edinburgh, Scotland CLOSED
Assessment of the Surface Radiation Budget using Ship Tracks 16/08 RAL Space Harwell CLOSED
Satellite observations of global ozone in comparison to the surface monitoring network 16/09 RAL Space Harwell CLOSED
Detection of methane emission sources from global satellite observations 16/10 RAL Space Harwell CLOSED
Development of Flexible Thermal Conduction Bars 16/11 Thermacore Europe Northumberland CLOSED
Remote Sensing 16/12a ImageCat Ltd London CLOSED
Flood App Development 16/12b ImageCat Ltd London CLOSED
Automated processing of environmental satellite imagery for applications and quality control 16/14 Airbus Defence and Space (Intelligence) Guildford, Surrey CLOSED
3D Terrain Intelligence from Space 16/15 Terrabotics London CLOSED
GNSS for Landslip Monitoring 16/16 NSL Nottingham CLOSED
Marketing and Business Planning to support new Earth Observation services 16/18 Deimos Space UK Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Earth Observation applications for agriculture and urban monitoring 16/19 Deimos Space UK Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Implementation of the Next Generation Space Link Protocol 16/20 Qinetiq Farnborough CLOSED
ADI3: Crowdsource Computer Vision Platform 16/21 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
ADI: An end-to-end processing chain for operational optical ship detection using EO data 16/23 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
ADCS simulation and control for picosatellites 16/24 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
PocketQube Mission Analysis 16/25 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
PocketQube Star Tracker 16/26 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Visual Storyteller for the Space Industry 16/27 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Building the first-ever cognitive recruitment engine for intelligent and personalised hiring decisions 16/29 MeVitae Harwell CLOSED
Remote Sensing Software Engineer 16/30 isardSAT Ltd (Surrey Space Incubator) Guildford CLOSED
Design Thinker 16/32 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Nanosatellite Developments 16/31 Open Cosmos Ltd London CLOSED
Graphics/Web/Systems Developer 16/33 Huduma Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Marketing and Business Analyst 16/34 Huduma Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Mobile/Web Application to discover satellite imagery 16/36 Bird.i Ltd Harwell CLOSED
‘Eyes on the Seas’ Marketing Support 16/37 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Multi-Mission Satellite Link Budget Analysis Framework 16/22 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Market Researcher for Facilities in Space Sector 16/35 Satellite Applications Catapult / STFC Harwell CLOSED
Digital Beam Swing Radar Profiler 16/38 ESA BIC Harwell CLOSED
Foresight Crops – Using Intelligence for Agritech 16/39 Global Geo-Intelligence Solutions Ltd Nottingham CLOSED

Other Opportunities:

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

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